279a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Fastrill and Diboll native John Powers reminisces about growing up in the Cherokee County logging camp and moving to Diboll when it was closed. Mr. Powers delivered ice, fished, and attended school in Diboll until he joined the Marines during World War II. Mr. Powers served in the Pacific Theater as a sniper, taking part in the invasion of Iwo Jima. After the war, Mr. Powers married and returned to East Texas, where he worked for Texas Power and Light company, eventually ending up back in Angelina County, where he retired and spent much of his time fishing.
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