The Powell family were early East Texas residents that moved to Huntsville in 1896. Benjamin Harrison Powell II married Eleanor Inez Meachum Powell and they had seven children. Benjamin H. Powell II was a Montgomery County judge that later worked for the Huntsville law firm, Powell, Ball, & Randolph. The youngest of the seven Powell children was Anna Irion Powell who later went on to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Texas and taught High School in Brownwood and Cleburne, Texas from 1914 until 1918. Anna Irion Powell then began teaching for North Texas Normal Institute and later in 1923 completed her Master’s degree at the University of California, Berkley. In 1929 Anna Irion Powell received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas. Anna moved back to Huntsville to live with her sisters Inez and Louise in the Gibbs-Powell home in 1963. Louise Powell died in 1963 and Inez Powell died in 1971. Anna Irion Powell died in 1983 and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Huntsville, Texas.
The Powell Family Papers (1910 – 2007; .5 box) include family correspondence, newspaper clippings, biographical information, Sam Houston State Teachers College materials, and documents concerning the Powell family of Huntsville. The correspondence in the collection is between SHSTC (Harry Estill and others) and Mrs. Ben H. Powell. The Powell Family Papers also include the obituaries of several Powell family members and their funeral programs. The collection contains the autobiography of Anna Irion Powell and documents relating to conferences and programs with which she was involved. Much of the collection relates specifically to Anna Irion Powell. The collection also includes a roster of Walker County men serving military service to the United States to be transported to San Antonio.
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