Source: News-Journal, February 20, 1941, Obituary:


John N. Jenkins, well known North Manchester barber, died Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Fred, on North Sycamore street. He had been active at his work as a barber until last Friday night when he became ill with pleural neuritis. The body was taken to the Bender Funeral Home where the funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock. The Rev. H.L. Hartsough will conduct the service and burial will be in Oaklawn cemetery.

Mr. Jenkins was a son of Dr. Jonathan and Elizabeth Powell Jenkins and he was born at Macy December 9, 1867. He came to North Manchester 54 years ago and spent 53 years as a barber, nearly all of that time in North Manchester. He disposed of his shop on Walnut street about two years ago, but continued to work in the shop almost until his death.

He married Miss Amy Holderman and they were the parents of six children, a daughter, Lillian, died at the age of eight. Surviving are five children, Mrs. Floren Lautzenhiser, Otis and Fred, all of North Manchester, Mrs. Sherman Lower of Alexandria, and Mrs. Ross Lower of Fort Wayne. There are six grandchildren, all girls but one, John Richard Jenkins, son of Fred. One sister is living, Mrs. James Masterson of Rochester.

Mr. Jenkins was one of the best informed men in North Manchester, and had a retentive memory that made him an authority on many subjects. From 1890 until 1910 his hobby was botany, and in pursuit of that he found and classified practically every Indiana species of plants and flowers. In fact he found and classified some that had never been classified, and his work in that connection is spoken of in botanical text books. At one time he had a collection that was probably the most complete of any ever compiled in Indiana. Much of the data he gathered cannot be duplicated, for the swamps of Northern Indiana have now been drained, and some of the species are extinct.