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Two "Faithful Servitors" Find Place in Elgin Collection

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

Two "Faithful Servitors" Find Place in Elgin Collection

ELGIN, Ill. - The recent death of Justice J. C. McReynolds, long an active member of the U. S. Supreme Court and one of America's most distinguished jurists, has revived interest in two watches he presented to the Elgin National Watch Company historical collection.

One of them is an Elgin pocket watch that was given to the judge by his father in 1889 and which he wore continuously for 56 years; the other, a key-winding watch of foreign make that was carried by his father, Dr. John Oliver McReynolds of Elkton, Ky., from 1849 until his death in 1905.

The watches, incidentally, were tendered the company because Justice McReynolds sought their preservation in fitting surroundings. In correspondence with Vice President Howard D. Schaeffer, which began late in 1944, Justice McReynolds, past 80 and a bachelor, stated: "Both of these watches have been faithful servitors; and I hope you can give them permanent places in your collection. They have earned association with the unusuals."

Adding interest to the Justice McReynolds contribution is a link watch chain worn by his father and a pendant enclosing his mother's picture, made when she was married at the age of 19, in 1859.

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