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Jerry Morris Perkins
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1878
Howard County
Missouri, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1956
Clearwater County
Idaho, USA

Jerry was my grandfather on my mother's side. He move west from Missouri as a young man and wound up working for Bell Telephone Company as a rural lineman. He met my grandmother Vergie and embarked on a long difficult courtship. He would be gone for weeks at a time working on new telephone lines but he kept up the courtship. She finally relented and married him. As a wedding present, Vergie and Jerry were given the family homestead farm about 3 miles west of Weippe, on the main road. They lived there until Jerry's death when Vergie sold the ranch and moved to Orofino with her son, Kermit Perkins. When Vergie died, Kermit continued to live in the house until old age infirmities forced him to move into a care facility. Vergie and Jerry were a typical, stoic farm couple and raised all there own food, cattle, milk cows, hogs, chickens, wheat, and garden vegetables. Vergie sold butter and cream in Weippe for her "pin money." Tragedy struck the family in 1924 when 10 month old daughter Catherine Ruth died of pneumonia.
I was 12 when grandpa Perkins died. I remember visiting him in the hospital when he was gravely ill and being told that was the last time I would see him. Grandpa was mild mannered with me and would take me to milk the cows and feed the chickens.

OBITUARY (by Steve F. Russell)
Jerry Morris Perkins was born on March 11, 1878 (the son of Adrian Perkins and Cornelia () Perkins) in Glasgow, Missouri on the Missouri River. The Adrian Perkins family was well off until Adrian died - then they were very poor. After his father died, Jerry worked for $0.25 a day cutting wood for gun stalks. Jerry's mother worked on farms. Jerry went to the 6th grade and then left school to become a self-made man.
Jerry worked for the railroad. He worked for farmers and shipped cattle to Kansas City, MO. He was a fireman on the railroad and worked out of either Selina, Kansas or Sedalia, Missouri. Covey and his other brothers all worked in some phase of the telephone business. Jerry came west in about 1910 or 1911. He got off the train at Coeur d’Alene (where his brother Ernest lived) the morning the Titanic sank. He went to Orofino and worked for the Grangeville Power Co. and helped build the line from Grangeville to Greer and then on to Orofino. Helped on the US Forest Service line from Superior, Montana to Bungalow, Idaho. He lived in Orofino for a year and stayed at the Nobel Hotel.
Jerry came to Fraser, Idaho in 1916 from Coeur d’Alene, then Pomeroy, then Lewiston, then Nezperce, then down to Greer. Jerry courted Vergie in 1912. They didn't see each other much, the romance was conducted by telephone. He then went with the Forest Service to Rosalia, Washington, then Superior, Montana, then to Bungalow - Pot Mountain. Jerry was known as a 'telephone man' and was, among other things, a telephone pole climbing lineman.
He came back and then was leaving in the fall for Tacoma, Washington. He was only in town a couple of days. He called Vergie from Tacoma (she was attending the business college in Lewiston, Idaho). Jerry came back to Idaho after 7 months. Jerry and Vergie were then married and left the next day for Tacoma. Vergie's family was prosperous and they gave the original homestead place to them for a wedding present.
While living in Tacoma, their first daughter, Thelma, was born in July, 1915. When Thelma was 16 months old, Jerry, Vergie, and Thelma moved to the Sampson Snyder ranch homestead 3 miles west of Weippe, Idaho where five more children were born. The couple eventually built a 'modern' farm house next to the county highway and lived a self-sufficient farm life. Jerry and Vergie lived on the ranch until Jerry's death. They would have seven children: Thelma Erva, Margaret Elaine, Phyllis Eleanor, Kermit Eugene, Cathrine Ruth, Oliver Wayne, and Shirley Yvonne.
Jerry died in 1856 of kidney failure and uremic poisoning due to complications of an enlarged prostate. Vergie and Jerry are buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lewiston, Idaho. The GPS coordinates of the grave site are: NAD83 UTM 11Z 500338 east, 5135599 north. 
Family links: 
  Adrian E Perkins (1853 - 1890)
  Cornelia Ashby Perkins (1854 - 1942)
  Vergie Snyder Perkins (1894 - 1980)*
  Thelma Erva Perkins Belden (1915 - 1998)*
  Margaret Elaine Perkins Brown (1917 - 1995)*
  Phyllis Eleanor Perkins McArthur (1918 - 1998)*
  Kermit Eugene Perkins (1920 - 2015)*
  Cathrine Ruth Perkins (1923 - 1924)*
  Shirley Yvonne Perkins Russell (1927 - 1995)*
  Covey Lee Perkins (1866 - 1964)*
  Gimima Perkins (1874 - 1923)*
  John William Perklins (1876 - 1951)*
  James Milton Perkins (1877 - 1917)*
  Jerry Morris Perkins (1878 - 1956)
  Jesse Perkins (1882 - 1882)*
  Ernest Eugene Perkins (1884 - 1947)*
  Adrian Perkins (1889 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Lewis-Clark Memorial Gardens
Nez Perce County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Good Shepherd
Created by: Steve Forrest Russell
Record added: Apr 20, 2005
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Jerry Morris Perkins
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