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Biography of Fred M. Watkins, M. D.

Fred M. Watkins, M. D. It is not every individual who possesses in his make-up the characteristics that make for success in widely diversified callings, but in the person of Dr. Fred M. Watkins there is found a combination of qualities that have brought him equal success in the profession, in business undertakings and in the vocation of farming, and he has likewise made an important place for himself in the field of politics. Dr. Fred M. Watkins, president of the Cherryvale Ice and Cold Storage Company, of Cherryvale, Kansas, was born November 22, 1868, at Lawton, Van Buren County, Michigan, a son of H. J. and Mary R. (Hall) Watkins. His forefather was Capt. Nathan Watkins who came to America as an officer in the British army, but after his arrival in this country became a convert to the cause of the Colonists and finally deserted the English army and became a captain in the continental army under General Gates. He served until the close of the Revolution and then settled in New Jersey, where he made his home until his death. He had three sons, one of whom went to Ohio, one to Michigan and one to the State of New York. James Watkins, a grandson of Capt. Nathan Watkins, and grandfather of Doctor Watkins, was born in 1794 in Michigan and passed his entire life in that state as a farmer, dying at South Haven, in 1878. H. J. Watkins was born at Lawton, Michigan, in 1848, and was reared, educated and married in that community, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1871, then...

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