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Capt. A. A. Jenks 50th Anniversary
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa

The Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, July 09, 1914, Page 1



Capt. and Mrs. A. A. Jenks, of Leon,
Celebrated Golden Wedding Anniversary Yesterday.


  Capt. and Mrs. A. A. Jenks, two of the well known residents of Leon, yesterday celebrated in a quiet way at their home in this city the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding.

A. A. Jenks and Frances S. Combs were married at Davenport, Iowa, July 8, 1864, the ceremony being performed by Rev. G. C. Truesdale, pastor of the Davenport M. E. church. They made their home at Davenport until April 1, 1871, when they came to Leon and for forty-three years they have been residents of this city.

Capt. Jenks was born Sept. 29, 1832, at Beverly Randolph county, Virginia. With his parents he came to Rock Island in 1835, removing three years later to Savanna, Illinois, where he learned the machinist trade, and during the civil war he served in the United States navy as second assistant engineer. He is now almost 82 years of age, but is remarkably active for a man his years.

Mrs. Jenks was born at Minerva, Starke county, Ohio, Jan. 29, 1841, being now past 73 years of age.

To their union were born three children, Louisa Anna Caldwell, of Davenport, and Frank Jenks, who is traveling with a theatrical company. One son, Jesse, born in 1870, died at the age of two years. Mrs. Caldwell was with her parents to celebrate their golden wedding, and their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Sadler and son Francis W. J., of Kewanee, Ill., were also present.

Capt. and Mrs. Jenks have many friends in this city and vicinity who extend their congratulations to them on thie momentous occasion and trust they may be spared to enjoy life together for many years to come.

NOTE: Alonzo A. Jenks died in 1923. Frances Samantha (Combs) Jenks died in 1922. They were interred at Leon Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2015