March 18, 1863, John boards the Constitution and departs for New York, City.
Fall of 1863, 19 years old, John was transferred to work the freight office for the newly completed Peninsula Line Railroad, (a subsidiary run by the C&NW parent company) on the Merchant Dock in Escanaba, Michigan a 180 miles north of Chicago. The newly built dock on the Escanaba waterfront was used to receive supplies and materials for building of the new railroad and act as the primary terminal connecting the isolated Peninsula Railroad line to the Chicago & Northwestern line via a terminal dock located at the mouth of the Fox river in Fort Howard, Wisconsin. The Merchant Docks also contained tracks for a retail coal business.
The development of Escanaba and the railroad that employed John
Since the railroad tracks between Fort Howard, (Green Bay) and Escanaba were
1864, St. Joseph church, Father Dale of Fond du Lac attempted to organize a parish
John Powers and his family were members of St. Joseph's church and moved to
Mike, (aka Michael, 17 years old) Ellen Cody Powers (48 years old), Mary Ellen, (24 years old) John Powers, (53 years old) John
Nan, (11 years old ) Tom, (6 years old) Laurette, (9 years old) Florence (13 years old)
1873, October 3: Mary Ellen Powers was born.
1874, October 5: John Henry Powers, was born.
1876, February 13: Catherine Powers was born.
1877, March 28: Bridget Powers (aka, Delia) was born.
1879, June 23: Margaret Powers was born.
1880, October 25: Michael Powers was born.
1882, Edward Powers was born.
1884, April 3: Florence Powers was born. Florence was to become my grandmother through my mother Arlene.
1886, Anna Powers (aka, Nan) was born.
1889, February 11: Laurette Powers (aka, Loretta) was born.
1891, Thomas Powers was born.
1890, By now, Escanaba became known as the iron port of the world
1901, July 1: Irish members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church petitioned Bishop Frederick Eis
Note: 1947 St. Joseph Cemetery and St. Anne Cemetery are merged and become Holy Cross Cemetery, which is owned and operated by the Diocese of Marquette.