Longtime residents share memories of Jenkins
Last week several longtime residents met to share memories of their early years in Jenkins.
The discussion centered around a short pamphlet, published in the mid-'70s by a group of women calling themselves The Jenkins Booster Club and written by Mary Dropping, now deceased.
It is a short summary of the history of Jenkins beginning Aug. 21, 1883, when a tract of land was granted by the government to Isabella Jenkins "and her husband." A depot was established, where goods hauled by horse and wagon from Brainerd were stockpiled.
Supplies were loaded onto "totes," rustic wooden sleds, and delivered out to logging camps, which were central to the economy of the area at that time.
After railroad service began farmers marketed their goods out of Jenkins.
The city of Jenkins is preparing an information board for display in the Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Gazebo on County Road 16 at the AmericInn. Dorothy Brown, Lois Schultz, Nancy and Andy Stiller are eager to keep the memories of early Jenkins alive. Visits are planned to glean more stories as the project progresses.