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In 1890 Mr. Powers was married in Fort Wayne to Miss Mathilde Robbe, who was born in Belgium in 1849. Her stepfather and her mother were John and Seraphine (Vandenweghen) Laurent, who crossed the Atlantic to America when Mrs. Powers was but eight years of age. Mr. Laurent then engaged in the wholesale liquor business and also in the manufacture of mineral waters at Fort Wayne until 1873, when he returned to his native country, where his death occurred. His wife died in Fort Wayne. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Powers was born but one child, Allen Marcellus, who is now fourteen years of age and resides with his mother.

Source : Whitney, Carrie Westlake. : Kansas City, Missouri : its history and its people, 1808-1908; Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1908, 2083 pgs.