Birth: June 7, 1847, Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio
From Biographical History of Northeastern Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning. … (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), pp. 430-31:
ALBERT I. POWERS, one of the prominent farmers of Trumbull county, Ohio, is a son of Matthew Powers, a venerable citizen of Liberty township, this county.
Albert I. Powers was born and reared on his father’s farm in Hubbard township, this county, the date of his birth being June 7, 1847. His early education was received in the public schools. When he was sixteen he entered the Western Reserve Seminary in Farmington, and after being a student in that institution for three terms he took a commercial course at Iron City College, Pittsburg. After completing his course in the business college, he was employed as clerk in Youngstown by B. F. Parks & Company, with whom he remained one year. At the age of nineteen he took charge of the mercantile establishment of M. Powers & Sons, Coalburgh, Trumbull county, Ohio, he having an interest in the firm. He was married at the age of twenty, and after his marriage dissolved his partnership with the above firm, and engaged in farming and stock-raising, being located for two years in Hubbard township. In 1873 he came to Vienna township, spent three years in the southern part of ht township, and then settled at his present location. Here he has 126 ½ acres, which he purchased from the Vienna Coal Company, the property being in a dilapidated condition when it came into his possession. His earnest and efficient efforts to develop and improve it have brought about a marvelous change, this farm being now ranked with the best in the township. In connection with his general farming, Mr. Powers deals extensively in stock, making a specialty of shorthorn cattle. He has a fine herd of full-blooded cattle, at the head of which stands a descendant of the “Booth” family, bred by Jonathan Edwards & Sons.
Mr. Powers is one of the organizers and directors of the Orient Electric Company, of Youngstown, which was chartered in June, 1893, with the capital stock of $60,000. This company manufactures and repairs all kinds of electrical supplies, and gives employment to a large force of hands, its capacity per day being 5,0000 incandescent lamps.
September 4, 1867, Mr. Powers married Miss Amelia Booth, youngest daughter of William and Julia (Hall) Booth. They have three children, two of whom are living. Maud is the wife of C. O. Shatto, secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Orient Electric Company at Youngstown. Miss Florence is at home and is now fifteen years of age. William C. died January 31, 1875, aged two years.
Mr. Powers has been a Prohibitionist all his life, and is one of the active workers of his party. He has been placed in nomination for Representative, and also at various times has been on the county ticket; but, his party being in the minority, he has each time been defeated. He is a member of Mahoning Lodge, No. 394, F. & A. M., at Niles, and both he and his wife are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he being an official in the church.