John Powell (1872 - 1950)

A photo of John Powell
Add photo
John Powell
1872 - 1950
Born
1872
Death
1950
Heidelberg, Australia
Last Known Residence
Heidelberg, Australia
Summary
John Powell was born in 1872. He is the child of John Powell and Ann Brown Powell. He died in 1950 in Heidelberg, Australia at 78 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM
Show & Tell His Story
Share your memories, stories, and photos so that John is always remembered.
Update biography
What's this?

This collaborative biography is for you to show & tell John's life so that he is always remembered.

Biography
John Powell
Most commonly known as
John Powell
Full name
Did John go by other names?
Other names or aliases
Heidelberg, Australia
Last known residence
Male
Gender
John Powell was born in
Birth
John Powell died in in Heidelberg, Australia
Death
Birth
Death
There is no cause of death listed for John.
Cause of death
Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of John Powell?
Burial / Funeral
Heritage

Ethnicity & Lineage

What is John's ethnicity and where did his parents, grandparents & great-grandparents come from?

Nationality & Locations

Where was John born and where did he live?
Childhood

Education

Did John finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did John attend?

Religion

Was John a religious man?

Baptism

Was John baptized?
Adulthood

Professions

Share what John did for a living or if he had a career or profession.

Personal Life

Share highlights of John's life. Experiences, organizations, & how he spent his time.

Military Service

Did John serve in the military or did a war or conflict interfere with his life?
Obituary

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Looking for a different John Powell?
View other bios of people named John Powell
John's immediate relatives including parents, siblings, partnerships and children in the Powell family tree.
+ Add

John's Family Tree

John Powell John Powell
Partner
Child
Partner
Child
Sibling

Friends

Friends can be as close as family. Add John's family friends, and his friends from childhood through adulthood.

Add bio

Leave a comment to ask questions, share information, or simply to show that you care about John.

Cancel

Share John's obituary or write your own to preserve his legacy.

John Powell died in 1950 in Heidelberg, Australia at 78 years of age. He was born in 1872. He is the child of John Powell and Ann Brown Powell.

Refresh this page to see various historical events that occurred during John's lifetime.

In 1872, in the year that John Powell was born, on March 1st, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the U.S. and perhaps the world's first national park. Established by Congress and signed into law by President Grant, Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular areas in the U.S., filled with natural wonders and wildlife.

In 1881, he was merely 9 years old when on November 19th, a meteorite landed a few miles southwest of Odessa, Ukraine. According to one report: "About 7 o'clock one morning a bright and serpentine tail of fire was seen passing over the town by the inhabitants of Odessa, and M. Prendel, editor of one of the Odessa papers, surmising that the phenomenon betokened a fall of meteorites, offered a reward to any person who would bring him one. Three days afterward a gentleman of Grossliebental brought him one which had been found by a peasant who was nearly frightened out of his senses at its fall. It fell beside him while at work in his field and buried itself .55 meters (almost 2 ft) into the ground." The recovered piece was about 17.5 lbs.

In 1898, he was 26 years old when on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1944, at the age of 72 years old, John was alive when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1950, in the year of John Powell's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

Other John Powells

Other Powells

Other Biographies

Created on Jun 04, 2020 by Daniel Pinna
See Success Stories
"Thank you for helping me find my family & friends again so many years after I lost them. I get the chance to remember them all this time later." Highlights of just a few of the many successes of sharing memories on AncientFaces. From reuniting lost or 'orphan' photos with their families, seeing faces of relatives for the first time, to the many connections made with family & friends. These special moments are why it's important we share.
Back to Top