Nathaniel Ball Powers (1823-1905)
Nathaniel B. Powers has given the use of Concert hall to the W. C. T. U., for their juvenile temperance meetings which are to be held semi-monthly.
“Notes About Town.” Lansingburgh Courier. February 11, 1888: 3 col 2.
—A silver medal is offered by the Mohawk and Hudson Human Society to the public school scholar in Troy, Albany, Cohoes, Lansingburgh and immediate vicinity who shall write the best, original essay on a humane topic during the current year. Lewis E. Gurley of this city makes the offer. Nathaniel B. Powers of Lansingburgh will present a bronze medal to the scholar who shall deliver the best original oration on a similar topic. All essays must be sent to the society by December 31, 1896, and be signed by a fictitious name.
“City Notes.” Troy Daily Times. December 15, 1896: 3 col 2.
—Street and Park Commissioner John Warnock has been given a number of elm and chestnut trees for the upper park by Nathaniel B. Powers. Commissioner Warnock will place the benches in the Powers park to-day.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Daily Times. May 4, 1897: 4 col 2.
Goats have long been proverbial for their ability to thrive on tin cans, old shoes and similar delicacies that all other creatures abjure, but now we have an illustration that they will grow fat on the still less material diet of wood, air and snow. Nathaniel B. Powers of Upper Troy has a herd of forty-one Angora goats on a farm near Brandon, Vt. Eight of these escaped from the inclosure last fall, and it was believed that on account of the severe cold last winter they had perished in the mountains. Consequently it was a surprise to the herdsman when he found six of them upon going out into the mountains this spring. They looked none the worse for their privations, but were apparently glad to get back to the fold. Mr. Powers said that they had undoubtedly found nourishment by browsing on bark and twigs, and he believed that the animals had shown wonderful hardihood in withstanding without evil effects the zero blasts in the mountains during the winter. The Angora goats are valuable as land clearers and for their fleece and meat.
“Wayside Whisphers.” Troy Times. May 23, 1904: 10 col 3.
Nathaniel B. Powers, one of the oldest citizens of Troy, died Saturday night from Bright’s disease. He was born there 82 years ago and had always resided there. He was a member of the firm of D. Powers & Sons, manufacturers of oil cloth, at one time the largest manufactory of that material in the United States.
He was one of the owners of the Powers Opera House and was one of the largest real estate owners in the city. He was an ardent Prohibitionist and had often been a candidate of the party for mayor, congressman, Supreme Court justice and other offices.
Chatham Semi-Weekly Courier. July 12, 1905: 1 col 2.
William Ball Powers at Oakwood Cemetery https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/147116009/nathaniel-b.-powers