06 August 2011

Keeper of history: Uriel Orin Powell

One of the best things about someone who keeps everything... you get to understand them just a little after they have died. My great-grand uncle, Uriel Powell, is a perfect example. Even though he died in 1989, my grandmother still has some things that Uriel kept, pictures and news articles, and just a few years ago I got the opportunity to scan these things to have digital copies. 

Several of the pictures in the slideshow below show Uriel with his sister, Mary Lois Powell (my great grandmother), and with Mary F. Ellington (my grandmother). The newspaper articles show Uriel's intense devotion to stamp collecting, participation in the Halifax-North Hampton American Association of Retired Persons, and 50th-year reunion gathering of the 1931 graduating class of Roanoke Rapids High School. The only thing missing is a picture or two of the African Violets Uriel raised. 

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