Daniel H. Jenkins

From the book
Portrait and Biographical Record
of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Chapman Publishing Co., New York, 1897

Daniel H. Jenkins, M. D. Of Welsh birth and ancestry, Dr. Jenkins possesses the integrity and indomitable spirit that have so often been exemplified by Welshmen the world over. From early boyhood he has made his own way in the world and succeeded, by industry and economy, in securing an excellent medical education, since which time he has engaged in professional practice, having his office at No. 122 West Market Street, Scranton. In addition to his general practice he has held the position of jail physician for the county since January 1896.

The Doctor's father, H. G. was born in Monmouthshire, England (WALES!), and was the son of Harry Jenkins, a miner there. In youth he learned the machinist's trade, which he followed more or less through much of his active life. With a sailor, Dick Ennis, he assisted in building the viaduct at his native place. In April 1866, he came to America and secured employment as a machinist in a large railroad shop in Jersey City, but after one year there, he went to Hampton Junction, and for one and a half years worked as a machinist in the shops of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. In 1869 he located in Kingston, Pa., where for a time he was foreman in the railroad shops, but afterwards engaged in business for himself. The winters of 1892 and 1893 he spent in Florida, since which time he has resided continuously in Kingston. He married Eleanor Griffith, a native of Monmouthshire, and daughter of Daniel Griffith, a miner, who died in Kingston at the age of eighty-four.

The parental family consisted of three children who lived to mature years, of whom the survivors are Daniel H. and George, of Kingston. The former was reared principally in Kingston, where he attended the public schools and Wyoming Seminary. In 1887 he entered the sophomore class of Lehigh University, and in 1888 graduated in the electrical engineering course. Then going to Brooklyn, he was employed in the electric light factory of the Excelsior Company, later was with the Mutual Company, and afterward traveled on the road for the Ft. Wayne Company, his route including Philadelphia and Media, Pa.; Youngstown, Ohio; Haddonfield, N. J., and Coney Island. His next position was that of superintendent of a plant in Kingston, which concluded his experience in the electrical business,

In 1889 our subject began the study of medicine with a physician of Brooklyn, and in the fall of that year he entered the Long Island Medical College in Brooklyn, from which he graduated in 1892, with honors and the degree of M. D. In order to secure his medical education, he was obliged to work early and late, paying for his own way as he went along. On the completion of his studies he was appointed physician to Lackawanna Hospital, which position he held from April 9 to September 20. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1893 with the degree of M. D. from that institution. Returning to Scranton, he opened an office at No. 1932 North Main Avenue, where he has since conducted a general practice.

At Hyde Park in the fall of 1888 Dr. Jenkins married Miss Maggie S. Roberts, an accomplished lady, born in Glamorganshire, Wales, and thence accompanied her parents, William W. and Gwenllian Roberts, who died in Hyde Park. Two boys, William West and Daniel H., Jr., deceased, were born of the union. The family attended the Baptist Church, to which Dr, Jenkins contributed regularly. He still owns good business property on Main Street, Kingston, which he rents, Politically he supports measures and men advocated by the Republican party, but is not active in politics. In the Lackawanna County Medical Society, of which he is a member, he takes a warm interest, as he does in all matters and organizations for the good of the profession. Energetic and industrious, he was efficient in the electrical business and is proving no less capable as a physician, having by skill in his diagnosis and accuracy in treatment won the confidence of his patients.

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