Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Photograph of Irene Marion Powers, graduated Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Maine, 1901
Photograph of a young woman identified on reverse as "Irene Marion Powers, M. C. I. 1901". The photograph was taken by a Pittsfield, Maine studio. Maine Central Institute, a secondary and postgraduate institution, is located in Pittsfield.
I've not had much luck researching Irene Marion Powers online. I found in the Maine Marriages Online Database that an Irene M. Powers of Newport, Maine [very close to Pittsfield] married a Matthew A. Seavey, also of Newport, on 5 February 1908.
I found the couple in the 1910 Census of Corinna, Maine, living as boarders in the household of Seth and Ida Causley [or Carsley]. Irene Marion (Powers) Seavey's birth year is given as [about] 1884, and her state of birth is indexed as Colorado, but it plainly shows as California on the actual image. She indicated that her father was born in Maine, and her mother in New York. Matthew Adam Seavey indicated he was born in Maine, about 1872, and that both of his parents were born in Ireland. The occupation line on the 1910 Census is blank for both of them.
I found a listing for an Adam Seavey living in Vassalboro, Maine, an "operative", in an Augusta, Maine Register from the 1890s.
Other than that, I can't find anything about either person before or after their marriage.
This is particularly frustrating because Powers is a fairly common name in the Pittsfield, Maine, area, and I have a feeling that Irene Marion Powers fits in somehow. Perhaps her father left the area to seek his fortune out west, but she was sent back to Pittsfield for her education, as was the custom with many families.
If you have any insights into the lives of Irene Marion Powers and her husband Matthew Adam Seavey, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.
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