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William W. Jenkins

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California Loses An Old Resident.

In the death yesterday of W.W. Jenkins, 81 years old, California lost one of its oldest pioneers, a man who saw the State develop from a few scattered mining camps into a great State. Mr. Jenkins was born in Circleville, O, in 1835, and fifty-one years ago [sic; s/b 61, see next sentence] came to California. He was always active in the affairs of Los Angeles county and for six years, 1858-64, served as under sheriff. He was a lieutenant in the California rangers during the early years when the bad men of the world congregated here and life was held cheap. During these stirring years Mr. Jenkins took an active part in cleaning out the "bad" men who made this county their headquarters.

He was closely associated with the late former Gov. Downey and was also a close firend of the firm of Temple & Workman, who were the only bankers in the county up until 1873 when they were wiped out by the memorable panic. Late in life, Mr. Jenkins became a rancher on an extensive scale and at the time of his death owned extensive lands in Castiac [sic] Canyon, where his home was located.

Mr. Jenkins was visiting relatives in this city when he became suddenly ill and died yesterday morning. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Brown & Company undertaking chapel. The body will be cremated. In addition to a widow, Mr. Jenkins leaves four children, Charles and Lee Jenkins, city employees, and Mrs. Charles Kellogg of Saugus, and Mrs. June Owens of this city.

News story courtesy of Tricia Lemon Putnam.


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W.W. Jenkins, 1835-1916

Story of Bill Jenkins
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Pre-1842 Gold Discoveries & Later Mining Techniques, by W.W. Jenkins 1906


Lazy Z ~1895


W.W. Jenkins Death Cert 10-19-1916



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