Obituary for Peter Archie Watkins
24 January, 1860 - 7 October, 1931
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Thursday, 8 October, 1931
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Pete Watkins Is
Called by Death
Widely Know(n) Citizen of Middleton
Community Passes Wednesday
P. A. Watkins, pioneer resident of Middleton, died at the state
hospital at Orofino Wednesday night, according to information
received in Caldwell this morning.
Mr. Watkins was taken to the hospital recently,
following a mental breakdown believed to have been brought on as the
result of injuries received when he was struck upon the head with a
revolver in the hands of a robber who looted the Middleton bank
several years ago.
Mr. Watkins was born in England in 1860 and came to
America in 1877. In 1881 he became a resident of Middleton and
was counted as one of the active dependable citizens of Boise
Valley. For 25 years he served as a member of the Middleton
school board and for several years was the president of the bank of
He is survived by his widow, two sons and two
daughter(s), - Melvin and Glenn, both of Middleton, and Mrs. R. M.
Michel, Middleton, and Mrs. Hugh House, of McMinnville, Ore.
It is expected that the body will arrive in Caldwell
Sunday. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
Also this article came out a few days later.
The Caldwell News-Tribune
Monday 12 October, 1931
Funeral Services are Held
Sunday at Middleton for
MIDDLETON - (Special) Funeral
services for Peter A. Watkins were held in the Baptist church Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. M. J. McPike officiating.
Burial was in Canyon Hill cemetery.
Mr. Watkins was 71 years of age last January. He
had made his home in Middleton the past 50 years. When he
first came to Idaho he worked in the Middleton mill. After six
years there he purchased the ranch where his family now reside.
He helped organize the Middleton bank of which he was
at one time president and a director. He had been on the local
school board for many years. For the past 15 years he has been
treasurer of the Baptist church and was also a deacon of the church.
Mr. Watkins had been a precinct chairman for the
Republican party. He was on the grand jury at the time of the
trial of Harry Orchard for the slaying of Governor Frank Steunenberg.
Survivors are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle
Michel, and Mrs. Joy House of McMinnville, Ore., and two sons,
Melvin and Glenn, who are at home.
Full-sized headstone photo
available upon request.