Joseph Richard Powell, better known to his friends as Joe, was born in Edgand, Idaho, on November 6, 1886, to John and Jane Powell. He was one of ten children. Joe came to Canada with his sister, Mrs. Jane Empey Bennett in 1902.
Margaret Lonette Bennett came by covered wagon with her parents, George and Sarah Ann Bennett in 1893. Maragaret was born in Kelgar, Idaho, on August, 8, 1891. She was one of seven children.
Joe and Margaret were married on April 8, 1908. They made their first home in Kimball, then they moved to Rinard. Joe was a great lover of fine horses and did all his farming with the best teams of horses. In winter he would put bells on the harness.
As Margaret was a very good seamstress, she made the clothes for their eight daughters. She also loved flowers and they always raised a big garden. They stayed at Rinard for several years. In 1935 they moved back to Kimball where Joe continued to farm.
They moved to several places, then in 1947 they moved to Cardston where they bought a home and raised flowers and a garden every year.
Joe passed away July 3, 1954, and Margaret lived in their home until the spring of 1972, when she went into the Grandview Nursing Home. She was the first patient there. She was only there a short time, and was taken to the hospital where she passed away September 6, 1972. Both Joe and Margaret are buried at Cardston.
From this union there were eleven children. There were seven daughters and four sons. Henry and Joseph Richard both died in infancy and Eva passed away suddenly March 29, 1980. In 1980 there are still eight children living, and over two hundred descendants in the family.
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