Biography of Roy Jenkins
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ROY JENKINS, a prominent agriculturist of Liberty township, owning an 80 acre productive farm, is the junior member of the firm of Vore & Jenkins, which owns and operates a successful industry known as the Sweet Corn Evaporating Company. Mr. Jenkins was born on his father's farm in Liberty township, Mercer County, Ohio, April 24, 1879, and is a son of William and Zaney (Wilson) Jenkins.

William Jenkins was born in Franklin County, Ohio, October 4, 1851, and is a son of Newman and Maria (Weekly) Jenkins, who were natives of Virginia. When three years of age, his parents came to Ohio and were among the early settlers of Liberty township, Mercer County, where he was reared. On April 12, 1874, he married Zaney Wilson, who was born in West Virginia, June 29, 1853, and is a daughter Of Dr. Stephen Wilson, who was one of the pioneer physicians of Liberty township, to which he came during Mrs. Jenkin's girlhood. William Jenkins and family resided on his farm in section 27, Liberty township until the spring of 1894, when they removed to Celina, since which time they have lived at No. 113 Logan street.

Roy Jenkins was reared through boyhood in Liberty township, and after completing the public school course there, spent one year in the Celina High School and one and one half years in the Tri-State Normal School, at Angola, Indiana. He then engaged for a time in teaching and had charge of both the grammar and high schools of Wabash, Ohio, for some three years.

In 1902, Mr. Jenkins became associated with his present partner, Mr. Vore, purchasing a half interest, in the successful industry known as the Sweet Corn Evaporating Company, which plant is located in section 35, Liberty township. The business is the evaporation of sweet corn and up to the present time enough choice corn has been obtained in Liberty township, some of it from Mr. Jenkins's own farm, to keep the factory running, with a force of from 15 to 18 employees. The finished product is marketed in 70 pound sacks and is shipped to all neighboring towns and to Chicago, where there is a steady and increasing demand. The business is a prosperous one and the methods by which this grain is prepared for consumption are so far superior to any other accepted way of preserving it, that its use is sure to extend. Mr. Vore, the senior partner, resides at Ludlow Falls, Miami County, Ohio, but Mr. Jenkins lives near the manufacturing plant in Liberty township. He is a young man of business capacity and in addition to managing the industry indicated, operates a farm on which he produced 1,000, bushels of wheat, in 1906.

On June 24, 1901, Mr. Jenkins was married to Mabel Vore, who was born in Miami County, Ohio, and died May 14, 1906, leaving a little daughter, Lulu. Mr. Jenkins is a member of the Christian Church.

In politics he is identified with the Democratic party. Fraternally he is an Odd Fellow. His standing among his fellow citizens is that of an enterprising, able and upright man.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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