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When W.E. Watkins started his business in 1890 in Cropsey, he started something that would be going strong nearly 121 years later.
And he passed along, not only a business, but a skill for and love of tinkering.
"Grandpa was a great tinkerer," recalled Jerry Watkins, owner of Watkins Jewelry & Repair in Clinton. "He could fix anything. He built his own guitar and violin. And radios. He built nearly every radio in Anchor."
Watkins Jewelry has been around for over four generations and is rich with family heritage.
Watkins Jewelry, in Clinton, is located on the west side of the square. Clinton is a hub between Bloomington and Decatur.
Watkins and his wife, Marilyn, have remodeled the Clinton store, formerly a jewelry store, and he has a taste for the city. "I already like it. When we came down, we didn't want to leave," he said.
"I like the atmosphere, and the people. And Clinton is starting to flourish and grow more every year."
The store W.E. Watkins opened in Cropsey was a jewelry store, a barbershop and a music store. A picture on the wall of the store shows a street scene much the same as you see in the old Westerns - a dirt street, hitching racks instead of parking spaces, and wooden buildings.
W.E. Watkins moved to Anchor about 1920 where he operated a similar store. When he died in 1949, his business was taken over by his son, C.M. "Mel" Watkins, and moved to the 107 North St., Normal store.
Jerry Watkins began working with his father in 1957 after he graduated from high school. He bought the store in 1967 after his father's death in 1966.
From his father and grandfather, Jerry Watkins learned about jewelry, clocks, music and tinkering. Son, Steve, learned too, and helps with the clock and jewelry repair.
With over 121 years of service history, you will want to be sure to call Watkins for quality repairs at a reasonable cost.