Thursday, December 20, 2012

Alonzo L. Jenks, Rhode Island, 7th., Infantry.

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Obderly Sergeant Alonzo L. Jenks, son of Nathan C. Jenks, was born in Central Falls, R. I., Sept. 15, 1844. When twelve months old his parents removed to Providence, R. I., where his education was secured in the public schools. When of sufficient age his father required his assistance in the management of a livery stable, of which he was proprietor. In the spring of 1861 Mr. Jenks purchased a farm in Cranston and there the family resioed when Alonzo enlisted. When discharged from the service he secured a situation with a grain dealer with whom he lived. His evenings, however, were spent at Bryant and Stratton's Commercial College for an entire year. Then upon the invitation of his uncle, he became bookkeeper of the Fales and Jenks Machine Company, of Pawtucket. After some years he contracted the Western fever, disposing of what real estate he was possessed of in Rhode Island, took his wife and infant child to Los Angeles, Cal. There his wife became an invalid, finally necessitating his bringing her remains to his native state for interment. When last heard from he was the wholesale agent of a Massachusetts whip manufacturing company at Denver, Col., though subsequently it was reliably reported that he had removed to Butte, Montana.

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