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.
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.