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James, William

Jane, John N.

Johnson, Ben


JENKINS , J. C. is state's attorney of Brookings county, SD and resides at  Brookings. Mr. Jenkins, though but little over thirty years of age, is  one of the leading lawyers of the eastern part of the state, and during  his term of service in his present office has won many battles, with old and distinguished members of the bar frequently in opposition. Mr. Jenkins was born in Chumleigh, Devonshire, England, June 9, 1864, and is the son of Elias and Mary A. (Godfrey) Jenkins, both of whom were also English. Elias Jenkins was the overseer of a large estate near Chumleigh, where he died in 1891, aged fifty-six. Mrs. Jenkins survives him and still resides at her old home. Our subject attended the public schools of his native village; and at the age of fifteen he left home and emigrated to Canada. He located first at New London, and in the fall of 1886 went to Lafayette county, Wisconsin, where he obtained employment upon a farm. At the same time he attended the high schools at Darlington and Mineral Point, graduating from the latter in 1887. He taught school during the following winter, and in 1888 entered Northwestern University, at Evanston, where he remained for one year: Afterward he became principal of a school at Kingston, Minn., and in June, 1889, came to Brookings, which has been his home since. He spent one year at the State Agricultural college, completing the course. In 1890 Mr. Jenkins began the study of law in the office of Philo Hall, of Brookings. He had previously devoted his spare time to the acquisition of legal knowledge, and after about eight months under Mr. Hall successfully passed an examination and was admitted to the bar of South Dakota. He then became a partner of his former instructor, and they continued in business until January, 1894, when Mr. Jenkins opened an office of his own. In May, 1897, he became associated with Mr. C. H. Farrell, of White, South Dakota, and this partnership has continued up to the present time. In 1896 Mr. Jenkins, who has always been an active Populist, received the nomination of that party for the office of state's attorney. He was elected by a handsome majority, and has since demonstrated most emphatically his ability and fitness for the place. Mr. Jenkins is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the M. W. A. and is as prominent socially as he is in the political and legal world. On the 25th of December, 1893, Mr. Jenkins and Miss Alice M. Truman, daughter of P. C. Truman, of Volga, South Dakota, were married. Mr. Jenkins was born in Harlan, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are the parents of two children, Merli Truman and an infant, and are both members of the Methodist church.

Biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and   representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle &   Co., Chicago, 1898. Page 282.


Johnson, August S. who owns and operates a farm comprising four  hundred acres of land in Benton township, Minnehaha county, is a  representative of one of the respected and honored pioneer families of South Dakota. His birth occurred in Sweden on the 15th of August, 1866,  his parents being Samuel and Agneta Johnson. The family emigrated to  the United States in May, 1871, settling in Lafayette County,  Wisconsin, where the father worked as a farm hand. In 1874 he came to  South Dakota, locating in Benton township, Minnehaha county, where he  homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres and took up a timber claim of  eighty acres. Here he has resided continuously for over four decades,  enjoying recognition as one of the substantial agriculturists and  esteemed early settlers of the community. Samuel Johnson has attained  the venerable age of eighty-five years, while his wife is eighty four  years old. Both are living on the old homestead.   August S. Johnson, who was but four years of age when brought by  his parents to the new world, acquired his education in the public  schools and early became familiar with the work of the fields as he assisted his father in his agricultural labors. Starting out as an  agriculturist on his own account, he bought eighty acres of land from  his father and subsequently augmented his holdings by additional  purchase until they now embrace four hundred acres in Benton township.  comprising a highly improved and modern farm. The place is lacking in none of the accessories and conveniences of a model property of the twentieth century and in its operation Mr. Johnson has met with excellent success. He likewise devotes considerable attention to live stock, feeding twenty-five head of horses, forty head of cattle and one hundred and fifty hogs, and is a stockholder and director of the Farmers Elevator Company and the Crooks Lumber Company of Crooks. On the 4th of September, 1888, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage to Miss Augusta Arvidson, a daughter of Arvid and Petronella Johanson, who passed away when eighty-five and eighty-six years of age respectively. Our subject and his wife have the following children: Samuel A., a resident of Benton township; Alma, the wife of P. C. Peterson, of Benton township; Hildur, who follows the profession of school teaching; Olga; Ruth M. and Dewey A., twins; Miles A.; George William; Edwin A.; Clara R.; and Alice E. Mr. Johnson gives his political allegiance to the republican party and is now ably serving as a member of the town board. His religious faith is that of the Lutheran church, the teachings of which his wife and children also profess. In the community where he has resided from boyhood he is well known and highly esteemed as a representative of one of the old pioneer families who braved the hardships and dangers of life in an undeveloped and sparsely settled district. They have witnessed the wonderful transformation that has occurred as primitive conditions have given way before the onward march of civilization and as a direct result of their own labors and enterprise.

Biography  in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915) pages 1198, 1201


JOLLY, JOSEPH of Pennington County, SD is one of the representative and forceful men of this portion of the state. He was born on December 14, 1843, in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, and was there reared and educated. There also he worked at blacksmithing and followed freighting until 1874. He then removed to Dallas County, Iowa, and after a residence of about eighteen months there, started in 1876 for the Black Hills, making his journey by way of O'Neill to Custer City, where he arrived in May of that year. He then began freighting between Sidney and Pierre and Rapid City and Deadwood, continuing this business with gratifying results, although it was attended with great danger and considerable difficulty, until early in 1879. At that time he came to Rapid City to locate, and in February entered the ranch he now occupies, four miles south of the city, on Rapid creek. Taking up his residence on this place, he at once started an industry in farming and made good his hopes by vigorously arranging for irrigating his land. For a number of years his principal crop was oats, but after the construction of the railroad through this section he changed to alfalfa, and also began raising cattle and horses. He has remained on the place continuously since first settling on it, and has converted it into an excellent farm and a comfortable home. He also has much additional land on which he runs his stock. In fraternal relations he is an active member of the Masonic Lodge at Rapid City and in politics he has been zealous and serviceable on all occasions, advocating high standards in official life and the broadest principles of civic and political morality. In 1889 he and Richard Hughes were the county's representatives in the state legislature, the first session of that body, and on its elevated forum he sustained the reputation he had earned at home for breadth of view, strict integrity and wise foresight in public affairs.

Biography in "History of South Dakota" by Doane Robinson, Vol. II (1904) on pages 1644


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