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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

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Widely Know(n) Citizen of Middleton
      Community Passes Wednesday
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     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 that town.
     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

 

PIONEER GETS
      FINAL REWARD

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  Funeral Services are Held
    Sunday at Middleton for
            Peter A. Watkins

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     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.






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