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Biography of Jabez Bunting Watkins

Jabez Bunting Watkins of Lawrence is one of the most successful lawyers and bankers of the state. His business affairs have not been confined to Kansas but have extended all over the southwestern country. His reputation as a financial authority is likewise wide extended. A son of James and Barbara (Sprankle) Watkins, he was born near Punxsutawney in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1845. His father was a native of Wales, came to America at the age of twenty-five and died in Pennsylvania when his son, Jabez, was eight years old. The mother was a native of Pennsylvania of German parentage. Mr. Watkins was named in honor of Jabez Bunting, a noted Methodist minister who was buried in the Wesley churchyard in London, England. Across the road from that grave lie the bodies of John Bunyan, Daniel DeFoe and Isaac Watts, authors respectively of Pilgrim’s Progress, Robinson Crusoe and many of the best loved Gospel hymns. At the age of fifteen Mr. Watkins accompanied his mother and other members of the family from Pennsylvania to Fairfax County, Virginia. He lived in that county during the stressful days of the Civil war. His home was a cabin of two rooms and an attic. The home was in the country which was so desperately fought for by the armies of the North and the South. The Watkins house was near enough so that the inmates could hear the roar of the cannon in both battles of Bull Run. Soon after the first of those battles four of the Watkins’ horses were taken away by Confederates, but Jabez with the aid of...

Loennig, Doris O. – Obituary

Doris O. Loennig, 82, of Punxsutawney, Pa., a former Haines resident, died March 15, 2003, at Sprankle Personal Care Home at Punxsutawney. There will be a prayer service at 7 o’clock tonight at the Deeley Funeral Home at Punxsutawney. The Rev. John Bauer will officiate. Visitations are from 4 o’clock to 7 o’clock tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Haines Cemetery. She was born on Oct. 5, 1920, at Haines to George Loennig and Pearl Angell. She was a member of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church. She was a member of the PEO and the Alaska Pioneer Club. She was a graduate of the University of Oregon at Eugene and received her law degree from Willamette University at Salem. She was a retired lawyer. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Sharlene Loennig and a grandson, Tyler James Loennig, of Punxsutawney; and a niece, Cathy Bishop of Boise. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lois Loennig; and three brothers, Robert Loennig and Herbert Loennig. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, March 24, 2003 Transcribed by: Belva...

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