The Three Jardine Brothers
John and Elizabeth Jardine had five children all born in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland; three sons and two daughters. Nichol, James (Jim) and Walter became workers. Maggie married Mr. Bakke and settled in Minnesota, USA and Agnes remained in Scotland. Like their father, the three brothers were coal miners in Scotland before they went in the work. James (1884-1969), Walter (1890-1970), Nichol (1883-1954).
James was the most well known of the three brothers. He was born August 9, 1884. He went in the work in 1904, age 20, and left for America soon after. Ellis Island records show James departed on the S.S. Oceanic and arrived in New York on December 8, 1904.
James was one of the three territorial Overseers in America (Jack Carroll, George Walker being the other two) and had the oversight of the North Central States (Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota), an area that became widely known as "Jardine territory." He made his headquarters at his sister’s home in Minneapolis.
James knew several languages and pioneered the work in Switzerland and Germany in 1913 with Otto Schmidt (of Australia). He wrote a lot of poetry and has quite a few hymns to his credit. The following are found in the 1951 Edition of Hymns Old & New: Nos. 3, 6, 27, 28, 51, 61, 76, 98, 105, 161, 184, 222, 233, 244, 269, 279, 315, 324 and 333.
James died January 6, 1969.
Nichol Jardine was head worker in Wisconsin from about 1907 until he died in 1954.
Walter Jardine was over the work in North Dakota at least from 1922, perhaps earlier, died in 1970.
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