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Powers has packed lot of living into 90 years

Lewis Powers relaxed at the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center Wednesday. Powers will celebrate his 90th birthday, which occurred on March 13, with an open house March 29 in the basement of the Esdaile church. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

For being the oldest in his family, Lewis Powers has somehow managed to stay young.

Because his mother sent him to elementary school when he was five-years-old (early for the time), Powers was too young to immediately enter the military service when he graduated from high school, as most male youths were doing back then.

And today, despite 90 years of living, the Bay City resident is still in his own home. Yet, he’s not confined to it, being a regular at the Ellsworth Senior Citizens Center, among other public places.

He doesn’t claim to have a secret to his longevity, but perhaps a clue came when he was asked what he was doing last week.

“Not doing much” was his reply.

The remark followed an observance of his 90th birthday, complete with a cake, on March 13, wife Roseann said. He was getting ready for a public party also marking the occasion next Saturday, an open house in the basement of the Esdaile church, where she understood cupcakes, not a cake, would be served this time.

Powers said he’s a Red Wing native, having spent the first few years of his life in that community before his parents moved his family to a farm over the border into Pierce County. The spread had once totaled 160 acres, featured some woods and he helped with milking cows as well as other chores.

The son of Elmer and Effie Powers attended the one-room Forest Home School, where he remembered enjoying reading. His father was employed part-time at the tannery in Red Wing to support the family, which also included his sister, Carol, and two brothers, Dave and Jim, the youngest to whom he donated a kidney in 1972.

The only one who matched his lengthy life was his mother.

“His mom lived until she was 92,” Roseann Powers said.

For more please read the March 26 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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