ENOS S JENNINGS
Mr. Jennings, whose postoffice address is Gabriel, Kansas, is one of the progressive and successful farmers and stock raisers of Doniphan county, where he has a fine property of one hundred and twenty acres of rich bottom land in Burr Oak township. He was born in Morgan county, Ohio, September 27, 1845, and is a son of David and Sarah (Drake) Jennings, the former born in Ohio and the latter in Virginia. After their marriage his parents remained in Ohio, where the father engaged in general farming until his death in 185o. His wife, who is still living and is eighty-four years of age, makes her home with her son Enos. She enjoys good health and is a bright, intelligent woman on whom old age leaves but few imprints.
Enos Jennings spent his boyhood and youth as do most farmers lads, working during the summer months and attending the district schools in the winter time. He was twenty-four years old when, in 1869, he went to Iowa, where he located first in Davis county and later in Mount Ayr, Ringgold county, where he lived for one year. In 1879 he removed to Labette county, in southern Kansas, where he was employed on a farm. His next home was in Stevens county, where he spent two years, but the place was not satisfactory and in the fall of 1887 he came to Burr Oak township, Doniphan county, and purchased what was known as the Cowger farm. Since that time he has devoted his attention to general farming, stock raising and fruit growing and is regarded as one of the most successful wheat raisers in the county. He is a man who is up-to-date in agricultural affairs and who believes in trying new methods.
In 1869 Mr. Jennings was married to Miss Margaret A. Risen, of Morgan county, Ohio, a daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Tanner) Risen. Eight children have been born to them, of whom six are living: Sarah C. is the wife of Isaac A. Scarbrough, of Troy; Florence B. married David Sawyer, of Wathena; Lyman B., Bertie B. and Mary Martilla are at home with their parents.
In the spring of 1864 Mr. Jennings enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Sixty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, of which B. G. Coltson was captain of the company and Colonel O. P. Taylor in command of the regiment. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, then in the Shenandoah valley, and took part in several engagements, among them that of Maryland Heights. Mr. Jennings was in other small battles, but his regiment was chiefly employed in guarding posts and doing garrison duty. He was discharged in the latter part of 1864 and returned to Morgan county, Ohio.
In politics Mr. Jennings is a stanch Republican and for the past eight years has been a member of the Republican county committee, taking an active part in county, state and local political matters. He has also served as township treasurer and chairman of the township committee. He is a member of Kennedy Post, No. 292, G. A. R., of Troy, Kansas.