Joseph Asa JENKINS Mabel Clare JENKINS Thomas Asa JENKINS Nannie May JENKINS Rhonda Fay JENKINS Arthur Carthal JENKINS Living JENKINS Living JENKINS Living TUCKER Living JENKINS Living JENKINS Living JENKINS Living GREGORY Gladys Lahoma JENKINS Martha Netheline JENKINS Virginia Jo JENKINS Julia Virginia TERRY Mini tree diagram
Orville Lee JENKINS

Orville Lee JENKINS16,9,25,16,10,1,26,12,2,3,4,13,27,28,29,8,22,24,15,17

also known as Lee JENKINS1,17

10th Apr 191218 - 29th May 19871,14,15

Life History

10th Apr 1912

Born in Mountain View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.9,10,1,11,12,13,14,15,16,17

(most likely)

4th Oct 1912


(less likely)

between Dec 1912 and 1915

Resident: Abt 2.5 yrs; With family while father Joseph Asa was working on theCanadian-Alaska highway in British Columbia, Canada.9


Resident in Mountain View, Kiowa, Oklahoma.10

between 1921 and 1935

Residence2: The family moved to Ft Cobb about 1921 & the 1940 census says theywere there in 1935; they moved to Chickasha before the 1940 census. in Fort Cobb, Caddo, Oklahoma.21,12

between 1938 and 1951

Resident: 1938-1952 - selected records from that period; he also seems to havelived in Oklahoma City temporarily for a short part of the time he wasworking at Tinker Field in Midwest City, Oklahoma, during WWII in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.5,6,7,8

16th Oct 1940

Military: Registered for the draft in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.22

about 1943

Military: Served as a civilian radio and radar technician, Tinker Field Air base in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma.24

27th Jul 1944

Military: Classified IV-F (permanent disablility) dude to crippled condition andloss of right arm from osteomyelitis in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.23

1st Sep 1946

Married in Chickasha, Grady, Oklahoma.19,20

between 1951 and 1963

Residence3: lived for a while on the Stepp Farm about a mile south of Quanah onthe Crowell Highway; in 1955 moved to 909 W 11th St (US Hwy 287 West) in Quanah, Hardeman, Texas.1,2,3,4

between 1963 and 1969

Residence4: lived on a farm in Friendship, south of Liberty, for a year or two,then moved closer to Conway near Skunk Hollow on US Hwy 64 East in near Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas.1


Married in Martha Aretha Tucker McPherson, Vilonia, Arkansas.1

between 1969 and 1987

Residence5 in near Vilonia, Faulkner County, Arkansas.1

29th May 1987

Died in Conway, Faulkner, Arkansas.1,14,15

Complications from Pneumonia

31st May 1987

Buried in Cypress Valley Cemetery, Vilonia, Faulkner County, Arkansas.1,15

Other facts


Married Living TUCKER


Married Living GREGORY


Social Security number Social Security #446-24-5252.18


Birth of son Living JENKINS


Birth of son Living JENKINS


Birth of son Living JENKINS


Birth of daughter Living JENKINS


Birth of daughter Living JENKINS


  • Orville was an 8-month-old infant when his mother bundled him off tothe train for an international trip with all her children.  They weretraveling from Oklahoma to British Columbia to join his father, whowas working on the Canadian-Alaska highway project.

    Canadian immigration records report their entry at the border post ofWhite Rock, British Columbia, on their way to Vancouver.  This reportsthat all the children, as well as Jennie, were born in Texas, thoughwe know from family sources and censuses that Orville and all thesechildren were born in Oklahoma.  Notice the record says even8-month-old Orville is a Farmer, as are all the children!

    Canadian Immigration Records, White Rock, British Columbia, 12 Dec1912
    Jenkins, Mrs Jennie  Female age 30 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of TexasTrain CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver $3.00 Cash  To Husband
    Jenkins, Mary Female age 15 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas TrainCMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver
    Jenkins, Mable Female age 11 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas TrainCMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver
    Jenkins, Asa Male age 8 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas Train CMR356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver
    Jenkins, Ronda Fay Female age 5 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of TexasTrain CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver
    Jenkins, Carthal Male age 3 Farmer Born Texas Citizen of Texas TrainCMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver
    Jenkins, Orville Male age 8months Farmer Born Texas Citizen of TexasTrain CMR 356 from Oklahoma to Vancouver

    After about 2.5 years they moved back to Oklahoma.  They are recordedin Kiowa County, in the 1920 census.

    1920 Federal Census, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, 3 January, Mt View,District 14, Page 1A, Hse/Fam #1
    Jenkins, Joseph A  Head  M W 54  TX NC MS Farmer
    Jenkins, Juliva V [Julia Virginia]  Wife  FW 39 TX GA NC
    Jenkins, Orville L  Son M W 7 OK TX TX

    When I was a boy my father, Orville Lee Jenkins, would tell us storiesabout his childhood.  He told us about his father being a lawman infrontier Oklahoma.  His father served as town marshal in Marlow, FortCobb and Mountain View, Oklahoma.

    My grandfather, Joseph Asa Jenkins, was a peace officer for a total of20 years, serving as chief of police in Marlow, deputy sheriff inMountain View and city marshal of Fort Cobb.  My father inherited anold hammer-fire shotgun from his father which Joseph Asa used in hispolice work.

    It appears that Joe moved his family from Mountain View to Fort Cobbin about 1921.  In the 1920 census, Joseph Asa is still farming in MtView Township.  His daughter Mabel told a story that would place thebeginning of the Marshall job in October 1921.  Harold Christianquotes Joe's daughter Mabel as saying:  "When Kerwin was about 3-4days old, Poppa was made City Marshall."

    Kerwyn was born in October 1921.  If Mabel's memory is right, thenJoseph Asa became Marshall of Fort Cobb in October 1921.  And they mayhave been living in ft Cobb already before that time.  It may also bethat Joe actually took up duties as town marshal of Ft Cobb, beforethe family moved from the farm near Mt. View.  The two towns are notfar apart, in neighboring counties.  He could have been formallyinstalled at the time Mabel reports, after the family moved to FtCobb.

    It was in 1928, when he was 16 years old, that Orville had an accidentthat caused a bone bruise to his right shoulder that ultimatelyresulted in the loss of his right arm, and considerable crippling fromosteomyelitis.  During his long recuperation he took a  correspondencecourse in electronics and learned to repair and build radios andrelated equipment.  He began a business by fixing neighbors' radioswhile learning and it became a business.  He tried to return to schoolbut his business was growing so fast and the logistics and formalrequirements for attendance so strict, he dropped out.

    1930 Federal Census, Caddo County, Oklahoma, 1 April, Fort Cobb,District 26, p 9A, Hse #181, Fam #215
    Joe A Jenkins  Head  M W 63 TX MS MS
    Julia Jenkins  Wife  F W 49 TX GA NC
    Orville Jenkins son M W 17 OK TX TX

    Joe and his reamining family moved to Chickasha some time after 1935,according to the records.  The 1940 census (see below) reportes thatin 1935, the family still lived in Fort Cobb.  Stories about some ofJoesph's spectacular experiencs as a lawman there were reported in theFort Cobb paper in 1931 and 1932.

    By 1938, Orville had a thriving radio repair business.  He is listedin the residential and business directories of Chickasha, Oklahoma in1938.  He had the only radio repair shop in Chickasha.

    Chickasha City Directory 1938, p 107
    Jenkins Orville radio service 113 N 4th  r[esidence] 1417 S 18th

    Chickasha City Business Directory 1938, p 301
    Radio Repairing
    Jenkins Orville 113 N 4th

    Fourth street was in downtown Chickasha, on the main north-southhighway going through town.  The highway numbers running along thisroute now are US 81, US 277 and Oklahoma 92.  They were about a blocksouth of the main highway running east-west through Chickasha.

    By 1940, the Chickasha City Business Directory indicates that Orvillehad four competitors in the radio repair business.

    Chickasha City Business Directory 1940, p 259
    Radio Repairing
    Dunham Geo W 423 W Minnesota av
    Ernest's Radio Service 515 Chickasha av
    Franklin Avon L 925 S 20th
    Home State Electric Shop 705 S 1st
    Jenkins Orville 113 N 4th

    1940 Federal Census, Grady County, Oklahoma, 12 April, Chickasha Ward1, District 26-9B, page 11B, 1710 14th St, Hse #1710, Rents $25
    Jenkins, Joseph A Head M W 74 Grade 5 b Texas lived in Caddo Co OK in1935 No Occup
    Jenkins, Julia V Wife F W 64 Grade HS-2 b Texas lived in Caddo Co OKin 1935 NO Occup
    Jenkins, Orville L Son M W 27 Single Grade HS-3 b Oklahoma lived inCaddo Co OK in 1935 Radio Repair
    Jenkins, Netheline Dau F W 21 Single b Oklahoma lived in Caddo Co OKin 1935 Cashier, Amusements

    In 1940 Orville registered for the draft.

    Registration Certificate
    This is to certify that in accordance with the Selective ServiceProclamation of the President of the United States  Orville LeeJenkins, Chickasha-Grady-Okla has been duly registered this 16th dayof  October 1940.
    (signed) Bernard E Lowe, Registrar for Precinct 4, Ward 1, Chickasha,Oklahoma
    -- back side --
    Description of Registrant
    White   Brown Eyes
    Brown Hair  Ruddy Complexion
    scar on right side face  No right arm
    --  WWII Draft Registration Card, selective Service, Chickasha,Oklahoma, in possession of Orville Boyd Jenkins

    In July 1944, he was granted an exempoitn under Class IV-F, permanentdisability.

    Due to his bout with osteomyelytis at age 16, Orville has sufferedconsiderable bone damage and lost his right arm.  His hips were fusedand one knee was stiff.

    "Notice of classification Orville Lee Jenkins Order No 398 has beenclassified in Class IV-F [disability exempted] until further notice.7-27-44  [Back side]  Local Board No. 1 Grady County Jul 27 1944 CityHall Chickasha, Oklahoma."
    --  WWII Draft Exemption Card, Selective Service, Chickasha, Oklahoma,in possession of Orville Boyd Jenkins

    During World War I Orville was a radio/radar technician supervisor atTinker Field in Oklahoma City.  For a while, he lived with his brotherBud and his wife Eyline in the City.  Bud's son Trent comments on thatperiod.

    "I remember your dad so well and fondly, as with your mom, Aunt Lou.He and my dad, Bud, were close. In fact, Uncle Orville lived with usfor a time in Oklahoma City during WW2, about 1942.  At 5 years old Iwas fascinated by how he put his clothes and socks on with one arm & aclothes hanger.  He was always very technically minded too, right,fixing radios, etc? I can remember going to your house in Chickasha towatch the TV series, "Victory at Sea", sitting on the floor in frontof the TV with your mom holding a baby - probably you [Orville BoydJenkins]!  Guess you had a television set before we did!  But our dadswere in business together for a while, I think."
    --  Trent Jenkins, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 16 May 2009

    Among papers and photos of Orville, in the possession of his daughterJulia Mabel Jenkins Willadson, there was an employee album withpictures and job assignments of all employees at Tinker Field AirForce Base (now called Tinker Air Force Base) Midwest City, Oklahoma).

    "Orville L Jenkins, Junior Radio Mechanic"

    As a child and on into my teen years, I remember my father telling meabout being a Radar Repair Supervisor at Tinker Field.  In thisemplyee book, he is described as a Junior Radio Mechanic.  This mayhave been an earlier initial title, after which he was promoted to theRadar job and became a supervisor.  The year of this Tinker Fieldemployee album is not known.  Thought to be about 1943.  -- OrvilleBoyd Jenkins

    Among the photos and papers of Orville Lee Jenkins was a walletcontaining cards and photos (now in the possession of his son OrvilleBoyd Jenkins).  One card was his police radio operator license forChickasha, Oklahoma.  This document is undated, but would have beenabout 1945.  It correlates with the Chickasha police annual of 1945,where he was listed as a member of the Chickasha Police Department,with the responsibility of Chief Radio Operator.  I found itinteresting that it was still in his wallet, with other cards andlater photos of his family in Vilonia, Arkansas, where he lived withhis second wife till he died.

    City of Chickasha
    This is to certify that Orville L Jenkins the bearer whose signature,photograph and description appears [sic] on reverse side is employedby the city of Chickasha, Oklahoma, as Chief Radio Operator Sta. KACF.
    (signed) G E Krell, Chief of Police
    -- back side --
    Age 33  Ht 5' 7"  Wt 120  Col W
    Hair Dk Brown  Eyes Brown
    Comp.  Dark
    Left Index Finger (he had no right arm)
    There is no photo attached and no fingerprint appears

    I find it interesting that in the description they do not add anywherethat he had no right arm, a distinctive characteristic.

    The 1947 Chickasha Directory shows that Orville has moved his shopabout two blocks around the corner where major east-west andnorth-south highways meet and diverge.  The new address is now 312Choctaw Street.  His radio repair shop is now located on the maineast-west street in northern Chickasha. The highways running on thisroute are US 81, Oklahoma 9 and 92.  Now his brother Bud (ArthurCarthal) is sharing the building with Orville, running a Maytagappliance store at the street address 308 Choctaw Street.  The firstJenkins listing in Chickasha is the Appliance Store.  I list here theentries related to our family.

    Chickasha City Business Directory 1947
    Jenkins Appliance Co (Arthur C Jenkins) 308 Choctaw av
    -- Arthur C (Eileen; Jenkins Appliance Co) h[ome] 1227 S 6th
    -- Jos A (Jennie) h 2002 S 2d
    -- Jenkins Orville L (Lou I; Jenkins Radio Co) h 2027 S 14th
    -- Radio Co (Orville L Jenkins) 312 Choctaw av

    Orville kept this business going until after he moved to Quanah,Texas, in 1951.  He established a radio station in Quanah, whilemaintaining his radio shop, run by employees during his trips toQuanah while establishing the radio business and installing thebroadcasting equipment before going on the air in 1952.  He later soldthe radio shop in Chickasha.  He was listed in 1952 for his businesswith no residential address.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Chickasha, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1952, p 113
    Jenkins Orville (Jenkins Radio Co)
    Jenkins Radio Company (Orville Jenkins), J A Hulse, Mgr, PhilcoRefrigerators, Television, Radio, Appliances-Sales and Service, 312Choctaw av, Tel 3260 (For further information see page 34 Buyer'sGuide)

    On page 354 of the same directory, he appears again under the BusinessDirectory.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Chickasha, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1952, p 354
    Radio and Television Sets -- Sales and Service
    Jenkins Radio Company, 312 Choctaw av, Tel 3260 (For furtherinformation see page 34 Buyer's Guide)

    A similar entry appears on the facing page under Refrigerators:

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Chickasha, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1952, p 355
    Refrigerators -- Sales and Service
    Jenkins Radio Company, 312 Choctaw av, Tel 3014 (For furtherinformation see page 20 Buyer's Guide)
    ("Page 20" is an error.  There is no ad for Jenkins Radio Co on page20.  The only ad I have found for this company is on page 34, as notedin two later entries.)

    The Buyer's Guide entry on p 34 is a 1/4 page ad for the company.
    Jenkins Radio Company
    Philco Refrigerators - Television
    Radio Appliance Sales and Service
    J A Hulse, Mgr
    312 Choctaw Ave  Tel 3620

    On the same page, Orville's brother Arthur (Bud) is listed with hisbusiness.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Chickasha, Oklahoma, City Directory, 1952, p 113
    Jenkins Appliance Co (Arth C Jenkins) hse hold [sic] appliance
    224 Chickasha av
    --- Arth C (Dorothy E; Jenkins Appliance) h 1522 S 17th

    I found a listing for Orville and his radio station in a Yearbook ofthe Broadcasting Industry in Texas.  Here is a transcription of theentries for 1951 and 1956.  In 1951, Orville had received hisConstruction Permit (CP) from the Federal Communications Commission.Staff are reported in the 1955 yearbook.

    QUANAH    (Hardeman County)
    KOLJ   1150      Orville L. Jenkins  p, gm
    CP       500-D    Chickasha, Oklahoma
    (Phone) 3260
    [Abbreviations mean: proprietor, General Manager, 500 Watts,Construction Permit, Daytime, Proprietor's residence and phone #]
    --  Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1951, p 305

    The designation CP means KOLJ has been granted a Construction Permitand is in the process of getting its buildings and equipment set upfor broadcasting.  They have been granted broadcasting rights on thefrequency 1150 with a power output of 500 Watts for daylight only.

    QUANAH    (Hardeman County)
    KOLJ   1150       Orville L. Jenkins  o, gm, co-pd   Richard ODormier, ce   J R Chism, sd
    Bob Stabler  slm & co-pd    Richard Newton, nd      Kay Dunn, wd
    1952     500-D    P. O. Box 566
    Network KBS     (Phone) 654
    --  Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1955, p 302

    In the 1955 Directory Orville's full staff was published.  Richard(Dick) Dormier is reported as the Chief Engineer.  Orville is reportedas the Owner (o) rather than President.  He is General Manager and CoProgram Director with his salesman Bob Stabler.  Richard (Dick) Newtonwas the News Director.  J R Chism was the Sports Director.  Thestation has been broadcasting since 1952.

    QUANAH    (Hardeman County)
    KOLJ   1150       Orville L. Jenkins  p, gm, ce
    1951   500-D      P. O. Box 566
    Montrose 3-2572
    --  Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook 1956, p 307

    The symbols and abbreviations here mean KOLJ was established in 1951,as we see from the construction permit, but began broadcasting in1952, the year reported in the 1955 directory.  The station broadcastson 1150 kilocycles (later called hertz) with a power output of 500watts in daytime hours only.  The address of the owner and the mailingaddress, with the phone number Montrose (MO) 3-2572.  Orville was thePresident and General Manager in 1956, as in the 1951 report.  In1956, he is listed as the Chief Engineer.  Other staff member are notmentioned.

    Orville owned the radio station until 1960, when he sold the businessto Neal Eggleston of Vernon, Texas.  In the meantime, Orville had alsogone into business with a coin-operated laundry across the street fromhis home on 11th Street (US Hwy 287) at Combs Street.  The businesseswere sold when the family decided to move to Arkansas, where Orvilleand Lou Ila had bought a farm in the Friendship Community, betweenConway and Vilonia, near Liberty, in Faulkner County, Arkansas.

    While Orville still owned KOLJ, he put in another business acrossCombs Street from the Jenkins home on 11th Street (US Hwy 287).  Thiswas the Jenkins Day-N-Night Coin-o-Matic Laundry.  He had all Maytagequipment.

    Dad and I (Orville Boyd) did all the maintenance work on the machines,and we rebuilt many.  All three of us boys had to clean the lintfilters on the dryers, sweep and mop and other tasks every day beforeschool.  Long day!  Another important periodic job that primarily fellto me, with supervision from Dad, was mucking out the septic tank forthe laundry drain, behind the building.

    At one point Dad put in a coin-operated dry cleaners next door, whichagain he and I ran.  These buildings now house other businesses.

    The radio station was sold in 1961.  Orville and Lou and the familywere listed in the Quanah City Directory for 1962-63, for theresidence and the laundry business.

    Quanah, Texas, City Directory 1962-63
    Jenkins, Orville L, Lou Ila
    Jenkins' Coin-O-Matic
    Orville Boyd 14, Gregory Wayne 11, Gary Lynn 10
    909 W 11th, (O)
    MO 3-8136

    Matters in the family had deteriorated and a divorce occurred at thattime, tying up property and assets, leading to the loss of the farm.Orville and his son, Orville Boyd (this author) had secured jobs atradio station KVEE in Conway, Arkansas, the town near their farm.  Inthe summer of 1963, they had moved to Arkansas ahead of the familywhen the divorce occurred and things fell apart.

    They continued with this work for some months, until the radio stationchanged owners in the fall of 1963.  Orville and his son decided tostart their own business, going back to Orville's original professionin electronics repairs.

    Meanwhile, Orville and Lou lost the farm to foreclosure in the wrangleover the assets related to the divorce.  The final divorce decree wasnot until some time in 1964, I believe.  I remember going back toQuanah, having to take time off from school, to attend the courthearing on the divorce.

    Orville opened up Jenkins Electronic Service Center on HarkriderStreet (Hwy 64-65) in Conway.  Orville carried on this business forsome years, while Orville Boyd continued working with his father parttime while finishing high school and entering university in the localstate university, State College of Arkansas, which became Universityof Central Arkansas.

    Since they had originally moved to Arkansas to farm and ranch, Orvilleand his son still had a cattle herd, which had been protected andretained from the divorce settlement.  They rented a farm on Hwy 64east of Conway.  Orville Boyd gradually sold off his half of the herdto help cover expenses for college, so by the time he finished collegein January 1971, he was out of the cattle business, but Orvillecontinued.

    Orville married Aretha Tucker McPherson in 1968, and moved to Vilonia,east of the old farm.  He is listed in public directories at Vilonia,Arkansas, addresses.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Orville L Jenkins
    Birth Date 10 Apr 1912
    Address RR 3, Vilonia, AR, 72173
    Address 118 RR 03, Vilonia, AR, 72173
    Address RR 02 Box 208, Vilonia, AR, 72173

    The county road was later named Ballard Road.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Orville L Jenkins
    84 Ballard Rd, Vilonia, AR, 72173-9372

    Along in those years, Orville also shifted employment to become atechnician at another electronics service company in Conway, closinghis business in the late 1960s.  For some years he continued to serveas consulting engineer for Radio Station KVEE.

    Orville died on 29 May 1987, as a result of pneumonia leading togeneral system failure, after a late freeze that year.  He died in theConway Memorial Hospital.

    Social Security Death Index
    Orville Jenkins
    Born 10 Apr 1912
    Died May 1987
    Last Residence Vilonia, Faulkner, Arkansas 72173
    SSN 446-24-5252 issued Oklahoma (Before 1951)

    My cousin Ervin Mize has posted a memorial on Find A Grave.  His sonGary, who was killed in a car crash in 1972, is buried next to hisdad.  In February 2015, Ervin added details and links I submitted toprovide my father's famliy connecitons on Find a Grave.

    Orville Lee Jenkins
    Birth Apr. 10, 1912 Mountain View, Kiowa County, Oklahoma
    Death May 29, 1987 Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas
    Joseph Asa Jenkins (1866 - 1962)
    Julia Virginia Terry Jenkins (1880 - 1966)
    Son Gary Lynn Jenkins (1952 - 1972)
    Note husband of Aretha Jenkins (Living)
    Sallie Hester Jenkins Christian (1893 - 1982) Half-siblng
    Ocy Belle Jenkins (1896 - 1896) Half-sibling
    Mary Nettie Jenkins Yates (1897 - 1991) Half-sibling
    Mabel Clare Jenkins Hill (1901 - 1990)
    Thomas Asa Jenkins (1903 - 1969)
    Nannie May Jenkins (1905 - 1906)
    Rhonda Fay Jenkins Boyd (1907 - 1963)
    Arthur Carthal Jenkins (1909 - 1955)
    Gladys Lahoma Jenkins Hendron (1914 - 1991)
    Martha Netheline Jenkins Callaway (1918 - 2007)
    Virginia Jo Jenkins (1925 - 1930)
    Spouse Lou Ila Gregory (Living)
    Burial Cypress Valley Cemetery, Faulkner County, Arkansas
    Created by Ervin Mize Jan 14, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #46663458,


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