Powers, Michigan

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Powers is a village in Menominee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 430 at the 2000 census. It was named for John Powers, a bookkeeper for a logging company that came into the area in the late 19th century.

At an early date the place was called Menominee River Junction, because here was the junction between the main line, and the Menominee River Branch." [3]

Another source, "A history of the origin of the place names connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha railways (1908, p115)" claims the village was named after "Edward Powers, a civil engineer engaged in constructing the railroad there."[4] The book titled, "Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities" by Walter Romig (p457) claims the village was named for Edward Powers.

"[Edward Powers] afterwards became notorious as a professed 'rain maker.'" [5]

Yet another source claims "the village was founded in 1872 and named after Tom Powers, an engineer for the Chicago & NorthWestern Railroad."[6]

Powers is part of the Marinette, WI–MI Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 430 people, 124 households, and 59 families residing in the village. The population density was 433.8 per square mile (167.7/km²). There were 146 housing units at an average density of 147.3/sq mi (56.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.67% White, 0.47% Native American, and 1.86% from two or more races.

There were 124 households out of which 14.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.4% were non-families. 45.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the village the population was spread out with 9.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 13.7% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 54.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 68 years. For every 100 females there were 62.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 60.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $20,250, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,207. About 14.6% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 24.2% of those age 65 or over.

References

Menominee | Stephenson

Carney | Daggett | Powers

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