Charles and Emily Watkins
|Charles Nephi Watkins
Charles Nephi Watkins was born in England, the oldest of five children. His parents moved to first to New York City soon after he was born and then on to St. Louis, Missouri where his father died in 1863, when Charles was about 8 years old. His widowed mother lived in St. Louis for several years before she remarried in 1867. In the early 1870's Charles' family, including his maternal grandparents, moved west to the Bear Lake area.
Charles married Emily Horsley in the Logan Temple in 1884. They had no children.
In 1891 when Jacob Spori resigned as principal of Bannock Academy, Karl G. Maeser, General Superintendent of Church Schools, sent Charles N. Watkins as a replacement. Charles was not as well educated or as highly trained as Spori, but he worked hard to build and maintain the school. He strove to up hold the educational and spiritual standards set by Jacob Spori. The Academy continued to struggle to pay its way. There was only one other teacher at the school, so Charles was involved not only with administering the academy, but also with teaching on a full-time basis. He served until 1894 when he resigned as principal for health reasons, but continued to teach at the academy until 1896.
Charles died in 1896 and is buried in Paris, Idaho.
Emily Horsley Watkins
Emily Horsley Watkins was born in Providence, a small town in Cache Valley of northern Utah. Her parents were from Birmingham, England. They joined the Church and came to Utah in 1864. By 1866, the family had settled in Cache Valley. They lived in this area for a few years before moving north to Paris, Idaho in 1871. Emily was the fourth of ten children.
Emily married Charles N. Watkins in the Logan Temple in 1884. They had no children. She died in 1907.
|McKay Gallery Home SPACE McKay Library Home SPACE Presidents & First Ladies Homepage|