Etc. -- Symilda (Griffin) Powell's 1918 obituary
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 7 Nov 1918 issue of the Simcoe Reformer.
[Compiler's Comment: Symilda Griffin married James William Powell. Their daughter, 
Mrs. Isaac Whitehead predeceased her moother in 1908.]

The Late Mrs. Powell of Delhi

One more of the ever lessing [sic] number of old-time residents of the county has gone. Mrs. Symilda Powell died on Wednesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Isaac Whitehead of Delhi.

Mrs. Powell, who was one of the large family of Richard and Hannah Griffin of Windham, was born in 1834, and spent nearly all of her long life in this county.

She was married a great many years since to William [sic, J. William], son of Isaac Brock Powell and Syrena Boughner, who were pioneer families of this district.

To Mr. and Mrs. Powell were born a number of children, all but three of whom have died: Mrs. Whitehead of Delhi, Wallace of Hamilton, and Otho of Toronto.

More than a score of years ago, Mr. Powell was master, and Mrs. Powell matron, of the County Industrial Home. Mr. Powell predeceased his wife quite a number of years ago, and since then ... [source document unreadable] ... many friends.

The aged lady on Tuesday afternoon complained of not being quite so well as usual, and the services of a doctor were called in. On Wednesday morning, upon going to her mother's room, Mrs. Whitehead found that she had died during the night.

The funeral was held at her daughter's home at 2:30 on Friday afternoon, interment being made in Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe. The pastor of the deceased, Rev. Joseph Stewart, was the officiating clergyman. The pallbearers were Messrs. Allan Crosier, Jos. Charlton, Peter Quance, Wm. Stowe, Henry Whitehead and 
Henry Wilbur.

Mr. Peter Griffin of Windham is the last remaining of the long-lived family of Richard and Hannah Griffin, most of whom reached a very old age. Mr. Griffin celebrated his 94th birthday in August, and was a week or two ago reported as making good recovery from a stroke.


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