Stephen Jenkins, who is a prosperous farmer residing two and a half miles south of Knoxville, is a son of the
late Joshua Jenkins, who is mentioned at greater length elsewhere in this work. He was born upon the family homestead
in Knoxville township, this county, on the 1st of September, 1863. Upon reaching the proper age he entered the
public schools and after completing the course there became a student in an academy at Knoxville. Although he has
devoted the greater part of his life to farming and stock raising, for two years he conducted a grocery store at
Knoxville. He now operates a fine farm of one hundred and eighty acres on section 19, Knoxville township, which
he owns and upon which he has made many improvements. His residence is modern in its appointments and the buildings
for the shelter of grain and stock are substantial and well adapted to their purpose. He uses the latest models
of agricultural machinery and overlooks nothing the doing of which might add to the value of his farm or increase
the efficiency of his work. In early manhood he spent a year in the west but decided that the advantages of his
native county were equal to those offered elsewhere, and since returning he has remained a continuous resident
of Marion county. He carries on general farming and stock raising but pays special attention to the raising of
Poland China hogs and shorthorn cattle.
On the 6th of February, 1887, Mr. Jenkins was united in marriage to Miss Zella Rogers, who passed away on the 31st
of January, 1914, aged forty eight years, two months and eleven days. She was born in this county on the 20th of
November, 1865, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Ruffner) Rogers. Her father died on the 12th of September,
1905, and her mother is still living, making her home at Knoxville. To Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins was born a daughter,
Mabel, who has completed the course in the local high school and is now at home.
Mr. Jenkins is a progressive democrat in his political affiliations and has held school office, as did his father,
who was for many years secretary treasurer of the school board. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church,
as was his wife, and willingly contributes of his time and means to the furtherance of its work. His practical
knowledge of agriculture, coupled with his energy and good business judgment, has enabled him to win financial
success in his chosen occupation and the straightforwardness and uprightness of his life have gained him many friends,
who value highly his good opinion.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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