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They were soon parents to Edith bornMary bornand twins Dorothy and Louise born In JulyW. Edith took the helm of W. Jenkins Company and grew it into one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Nevada. Within a few years of W. As one of the most prominent business people in the area, Edith Jenkins was the Vice-President of the Battle Mountain Improvement Society and instrumental in the construction of local churches.
She provided the bell, in memory of her husband, for the Methodist Church, which was the first church building constructed in town.
Inshe donated the land and necessary funds to construct an Episcopal Church in Battle Mountain. Inshe stood for election to the local school board, but received only one vote. At the time, the Nevada Constitution allowed women to run for local school offices, but prohibited them from voting.
When the Battle Mountain chapter of the state suffrage organization was organized in Augustthe election of the respected businesswoman as President aled the ificance of the issue to the all-male electorate. At the November election, Lander County voters chose legislative representatives who had already committed to support the suffrage amendment during the session.
When the Battle Mountain chapter was reorganized in the summer of in anticipation of the supporting the upcoming ballot question to ratify the constitutional change necessary to legalize women voting, Edith Jenkins was no longer living in Battle Mountain.
Inshe had married George Southward and moved 50 miles away to the town of Winnemucca, located in a different county. InEdith and her daughter Mary both contracted the flu during the pandemic that was sweeping Nevada and the country.
Mary died four months later and was buried next to her mother. By Dana R. Bennett, Ph. Sources: Dana R.Battle Mountain Nevada s local hotties
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