A. A. Powell.
In the great task of the twentieth
century, the complete utilization of the farming resources of the
nation and the general raising of the standards of country life, one
of the important factors working under the auspices of the general
government is the county agricultural agent. The first official of
that type to be appointed and act in Washington County is A. A.
Powell, who is a graduate in agriculture and stock husbandry from the
Colorado Agricultural School at Greeley, and is not only an expert
authority in his profession but a man with a great deal of capacity
for leadership and in inspiring and encouraging better methods and
more efficient system among the people with whom he works.
Mr. Powell was born
on a farm in Phelps County near Rolla, Missouri, September 20, 1882,
a son of J. F. and Jane A. (Allen) Powell, both of whom are natives
of Kentucky, were married there, and came to Missouri about the time
of the Civil war. They are now living on a farm near Rolla, Missouri.
The seventh in a family of eleven children, A. A. Powell grew up in
that picturesque district of the Ozark region in Southern Missouri,
lived at home until sixteen years of age, and gained his early
education by attending a log school house near his father’s home. He
afterwards graduated in pedagogy from the Springfield Normal School,
and for fifteen years was a successful teacher in the schools of
Missouri and elsewhere. He afterwards attended the State College at
Greeley, Colorado, from which he has his degree as Bachelor of
Scientific Agriculture. He left Missouri and went to Colorado in
1908, and lived in that state until his removal to Oklahoma in 1912.
After coming to Oklahoma Mr. Powell for a time had charge of the
science branches in the Ramona High School, and while there conducted
a special course in agriculture for two years. He was then appointed
by the United States Agricultural Department county agent in
Washington County, and now gives all his time to the work. he has
been instrumental in persuading about fifty farmers of Washington
County to carry on demonstration and experiment in agricultural
methods under the direction of the Agricultural Department and his
personal supervision. He also has organized about a hundred boys’
corn clubs in the county, and there are many exhibits which indicate
the influence of his work in improving agricultural and live stock
conditions in this part of the state.
Mr. Powell has 130
acres under lease adjoining the Village of Ramona, and his wife
operates that as a farm. In 1908 he married Miss Maude Cave, who is a
girl of the Ozark Mountain district of Missouri. They have a son
named Arthur and also an adopted daughter named Lenore.