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Alta Maud Powers Bennett
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1886
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 13, 1957
Coryell County
Texas, USA

Alta Bennett Dies in Texas; Rites Tomorrow

Services for Alta M. Bennett, who died Monday afternoon at the home of her son, Allen, in Gatesville, Tex., will be held at the Stirlen funeral home, 149 West Main street, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery.

Rev. Eugene Nyman, pastor of Community Baptist church will preach the sermon and Eastern Star rites will be conducted by Lounsbury chapter.

Of special interest to the family will be the hymn, "Sweet Bye and Bye" sung throughput the civilized world, the well known religious song was written almost 100 years ago by Dr. Sanford Filmore Bennett, an uncle of her husband.

Services for Mrs. Bennett were conducted at the First Baptist church in Gatesville, Tex. Tuesday afternoon. Her remains will arrive at the Stirlen funeral home today and friends may call in the later afternoon and evening and until the hour of the service tomorrow.


The daughter of the late Lyman A. and Jennie Powers, Alta Maud Powers was born in Barrington Jan. 14, 1886 and with the exception of a few years lived in the home at 201 West Lake street to which her parents moved when she was a few months old until she sold the house in the summer of 1954 and went in November of that year to the Texas city to be near her son and to escape the cold northern winters.

She was a descendant of true Barrington area pioneers. Her parental grandfather Warren A. Powers came from New York state to southwestern Lake county in 1852. He married Maria Houghton, the daughter of one of the earliest settlers in the Wauconda vicinity. Her maternal, grandparents, Charles and Sarah Hawley, came from Massachusetts in the 1840s and settled in Barrington township.

Made Teaching Her Career

Mr. and Mrs. Bennett lived for a few years on the farm near Bristol Wis., where their son Allen was born. Following her husband's death in April, 1914 she returned to Barrington to make teaching her profession.

Mrs. Bennett was educated in the Barrington public schools and attended DeKalb Normal. She subsequently graduated from DePaul university. She taught a few years before her marriage, and closed a 37 year as a public school teacher when she retired in January 1951 at the age of 65 from Hitch elementary school, Chicago, where she had taught for 18 years.

Prior to going to Hitch school she had taught in Manley Junior High and Falconer elementary school in Chicago for eight years. In her earlier years she taught at White school north of Barrington and in the Lake Zurich and Barrington public schools.

With a life dedicated to public service, she took a still more active part in local civic affairs after her retirement. She was appointed to the Community Closet committee and was a member of the local service committee of the Salvation Army. At Gatesville she was active in the Eastern Star and the Forum club and became a member of the First Baptist church.

Besides her son, Allen R. who owns a department store in Gatesville, and her four grandchildren, Robert, Donna, Barbara, and Elizabeth Bennett, she is survived by two brothers. Earl W. of Chicago is in the real estate business. Ray L. is a business manager of the Houston Tex., Press.

Her father, Lyman A. Powers, long agent here for the North Western railroad, died in 1928. Her mother died in 1950.

Mrs. Bennett's last visit to Barrington was in the fall of 1956. here for six weeks, she returned to Gatesville in time to vote in the national election.

Mrs. Bennett underwent surgery six weeks before her death. Earl Powers and his wife visited her in April, arriving on Easter Sunday. They spent 10 days at Gatesville and Houston, but Earl was unable to see his sister except for a few minutes at a time.

~Barrington Review
May 16, 1957 
Family links: 
  Lyman A. Powers (1860 - 1928)
  Jennie Belle Hawley Powers (1864 - 1950)
  Allen Robert Bennett (1881 - 1914)
  Alta Maud Powers Bennett (1886 - 1957)
  Howard Hawley Powers (1888 - 1947)*
  Earl Warren Powers (1890 - 1977)*
*Calculated relationship
1886 - 1957
Evergreen Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Wendy M.
Record added: Mar 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66992628
Alta Maud <i>Powers</i> Bennett
Added by: Wendy M.
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- James Bellert
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