JENKS, WILLIAM H., son of William and Susan (Pike) Jenks, was born at North Troy, Vermont, April 23, 1861. His youthful days were passed in that vicinity. Naturally endowed with artistic tastes, he early resolved to be a photographer, and perfected himself by study and practice at St. Albans, Vermont, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Washington, District of Columbia, where he was for a time engaged in special work for the United States government at the Smithsonian institute. 

Mr. Jenks located at Newport, Vermont, as a photographer in 1886, and remained there twelve years, during which time he established an excellent reputation as an artist and a citizen, and built up a good business. He came to St. Johnsbury in October, 1902, and located in No. 47 Brown's block, Main street. 

It is sufficient commendation of his work here to say that a large proportion of the cuts of St. Johnsbury people were made from photographs taken by him. 
Mr. Jenks married Jennie, daughter of Z. C. Blake, of Newport, and they have four pretty children. 

Mr. Jenks has passed all of the chairs of Evening Star lodge, No. 37, I. O. O. F., also of Frontier encampment of Newport, and is a member of Canton Crescent of St. Johnsbury. 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 97-98.

Prepared by Tom Dunn, August 2005