1916 Reception to Watkins*
It is with deep regret that the citizens of the city of Lancaster bid farewell to the R. A. Watkins family who are this week moving to Lawton, Oklahoma, to enter what has come almost to be the profession of farming. No element of this city’s life is’ more loathe to see them go than are the members of the Congregational Church. In order, to express their high esteem for them a reception in their honor was given on Monday evening in the dining room of the church. About eighty people gathered around the heavily loaded tables, the chief topic of conversation being the early departure of it’s life. A consciousness of the severe loss pervaded the spirit of the evening.
Miss Dora Watkins has been active in the church almost continuously since April 16, 1863 when she united with the church. For many years she has been the primary superintendent of the Sunday school, interested in Christian Endeavor and Ladies’ Missionary society and a valued worker wherever she saw need.
Mr. Watkins is the sole compiler of the new church manual which is a work of great credit both to the church and to himself. For many years he taught a class in the Sunday school and is probably more familiar with his Bible than any other man of the city. Because of ill health his wife has not been able to engage actively in the work of the church but has ever been keenly interested ‘in its progress. John has been an active Endeavorer for several years.
Addresses, fitting felicitations, were made by Deacons Baxter and Schreiner, Judge Clementson’ and Rev. H. A. Studebaker to which choice were spoken by John, Miss Dora and R. A Watkins.
The ladies’ aid society presented to Miss Dora and to Mrs. Watkins silver spoons as token of their esteem. The teachers of the primary department of the Sunday school gave to Miss Dora a beautifully bound copy of Whittier’s poems. The spirit of the evening was beautiful as the people wished them the choicest of God’s blessing as they go to make their new home. We are happy in the thought that Mr. Watkins is to be with us for some months finishing up the Odds and ends of his; extensive law practice.
* Lancaster Grant County Herald Dec. 13, 1916; From photocopy prepared by Ms. Bernita Jenkins