Stories of Family, Community Kept Alive in Jenkins

They were married in 1930, and in only eighteen years, the two grew by twelve kids.  The family had been in Jenkins since 1914, and all of these twelve kids, along with parents, grandparents and extended family are figures in the development of the City of Jenkins.

This family is one of many families whose work and vision and abundant offspring built the City of Jenkins and kept it alive through the ups and downs of the decades. The story of the community spirit embodied by these generations of founding families in Jenkins is being collected now by Jenkins residents, Steve and Donna Stricker.

In addition to the family-oriented stories, they also plan to collect veterans’ stories including the long-lasting camaraderie of hometown vets as well as light-hearted information bits from veterans’ non-combat experiences, the influence of the Grange in maintaining community togetherness, still-standing Jenkins structures and their stories as well as non-structure sites with significant history such as the site of the archaeological discovery of the Poualak pot.

The Strickers are working with the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association to categorize the information and identify the best methods to publicly showcase aspects of Jenkins history. One display idea being considered is a series of three ~30”x30” post-mounted interpretive panels along a walking path. A location that has been discussed is the Veterans Park on the north side of town along highway 371.

Once costs can be associated with selected public display ideas, those ideas along with completion timelines, will be presented to the Jenkins City Council for input and approval.

The City of Jenkins is currently a partner with the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Association through the Panel Partner program. An overall glimpse of the history of the development of Jenkins is displayed on a 41” x 41” panel installed in the spring of 2011 at the Byway’s Gateway Gazebo located near AmericInn.  That panel was developed through information gleaned from casual group visits with long-time residents over an approximate two-year period, research from historical documents about the area and old papers and maps stored in City offices and others owned by residents.

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Published Date: 
Monday, March 26, 2012
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Lake Country Echo