DR. L. J. JENNINGS
Jennings left his family in Ireland during the potato famine and
immigrated to America where he worked on the railroad out of
Massena, Iowa. Before he could bring his family to America, his wife
passed away and one son, Patrick, was killed in a Rugby Game. He
brought three sons - Thomas, Edmund and Lawrence, who was 16 yrs.
old at the time, and one daughter, Bezy, to America. Lawrence and
his sister Bezy rode horseback around the countryside putting on
exhibitions of Irish dances. While traveling on one of these tours
Bezy fell from her horse, developed gangrene and later died.
Joseph Jennings (born Oct. 15, 1880 at Currie, Ireland-Sligo County)
married Elizabeth Cecelia Anstey (born Aug.21, 1884 in Cass County,
Iowa) on Feb. 15, 1904. They moved to Maple River, Iowa - Carroll
County - where a daughter, Ada, was born May 3, 1905. Later they
moved to Gage, Oklahoma; homesteaded and lived in a sod house.
Lawrence's brother Edmund and his father, Patrick, stayed on the
homestead while Lawrence moved to Kansas City to go to Veterinary
College, taking his wife Elizabeth and daughter, Ada, with him.
While living in Kansas City, a daughter Florence was born in 1906.
After graduating from Veterinary College the family moved to Elliott
in 1908, where Dr. Jennings began his veterinary practice.
After moving to Elliott - Gregory, Lloyd, Charles, Phyllis, Richard
and Patricia were born.
passed away Aug. 14, 1937. Dr. L. J. Jennings passed away Dec. 12,
1961, after practicing veterinary medicine in the Elliott-Griswold
vicinity until several years before his death.