Leavenworth City News October 21, 1884
The death of David W. Powers at Salt Creek Valley is announced.
David Whitehead Powers, familiarly known by this friends in the East and in Texas as Col. Powers, was born in Virginia July 4, 1818, and died at his home in Salt Creek Valley, October 20, 1884, aged sixty-six years, three months and sixteen days. Col. Powers moved from Virginia to Missouri when a very young man. He married Miss Faulconer, daughter of George N. Faulconer, Esqr., now of St. Joseph, Missouri. He came from Missouri to Leavenworth with his family in 1856. He was farming until 1859 when he engaged in freighting across the plains to New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. In 1863 he formed a co-partnership with Henry L. Newman, which lasted for several years, doing a large and successful business. He was a member of the firm of Lowe, Newman and Company, government transporters in 1868-69 and of the firm of Powers, Otero, Lowe and Co. in the same business in 1869-70. On the completion of the great railroads across the plains the necessity of freighting with teams having passed away, Powers turned his attention to the cattle business, just then commencing to develop. He was considered one of the best judges of cattle, and could come nearer telling the value of a large herd at a glance, so to speak, than almost any man in the business and was often referred to as authority in such matters.
During the last fourteen years he has employed many men, establishing ranches, buying and selling cattle and filling government contracts. He began life a poor boy, struggled hard, formed no bad habits, and made his life a noble example for all young men to follow. He was always ready to assist settlers, especially those in humble circumstances. with his means, his influence and his advice.
He was generous and kind to a fault, always ready to lend a helping hand and did much to promote the interests of his relatives. Many of whom owe their start in life to his generosity.
The news of his death will be read with genuine sorrow and regret by all old pioneers in the cattle business from the Rio Grande to the Pacific.
Col. Powers leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters and a large circle of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.