Old pot attracts attention of Jenkins history buffs

The Jenkins History Group has heralded a local resident who served in the military with Elvis Presley, researched Ma Jenkins' memorable cookie recipe, and mapped out several original city buildings and tote roads.

Tuesday, April 16, the history group and interested public, met at Jenkins City Hall to collaborate yet again on a growing historical record of Jenkins, our 'Gateway to the Whitefish Chain of Lakes"

It's not always front-page level news the researchers discover, but once in awhile as they say "you strike gold". Or in this case, ancient pottery.

So, why would a centuries-old pot, known as the Poualak Pot, be found near the Jenkins city limits? It recently made enough of an impact to become part of the many prized relics at the Minnesota History Center.

Donna & Steve Stricker have been instrumnetal in sparking another community hobby in City of Jenkins, one of fourteen jurisdictions connected with the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway. A characteristic brought to light early on during research is, togetherness. Families, extended families gathered together for birthdays and such but in this community families, friends, neighbors and merchants alike enjoyed gathering for regular activities and events. Baseball game or dance, movie or holiday meal, at least it was a fun break in the week.

Soon the Strickers' Spark (copyright ;-) ignited the group to share stories, family trees sketched on notepad paper, old maps still musty and yellowed and a sense of pride grew, along with a mutual sense of humility, good humor and above all curiosity.

Today this group has built a coherent story of their City of Jenkins. Now it's all about filling in the details.

Do you remember a story or have a photograph of City of Jenkins? If so, please contact: Jenkins History Group to contribute.

Here's just a taste of some of the history from City of Jenkins.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Lake Country Echo