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Watkins-Rhoades-Hobbs family of Pennsylvania

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  G. Harold Watkins (1903-1993) — of Butler Township, Schuylkill County, Pa. Born in Girardville, Schuylkill County, Pa., January 3, 1903. Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state senate 29th District, 1941-44; delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948, 1952 (member, Committee on Permanent Organization), 1956; chair of Schuylkill County Republican Party, 1953; secretary, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1953; superior court judge in Pennsylvania; elected 1956. Died in 1993 (age about 90 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of George H. Watkins and Florence (Sykes) Watkins; father of Pamela Watkins (who married Frederick H. Hobbs).
  Political family: Watkins-Rhoades-Hobbs family of Pennsylvania.
  Frederick H. Hobbs (1934-2005) — also known as Fred Hobbs — of Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa. Born in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., January 6, 1934. Republican. Lawyer; member of Pennsylvania state senate 29th District, 1967-76. Presbyterian. Member, American Bar Association; Lions; Sons of the American Revolution; Freemasons; Amvets. Died, of emphysema, in Pottsville Hospital, Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pa., July 24, 2005 (age 71 years, 199 days). Cremated; ashes interred at Charles Baber Cemetery, Pottsville, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Marian (Hause) Hobbs; married to Pamela Watkins (daughter of G. Harold Watkins); father of Christopher Hobbs (son-in-law of James J. Rhoades).
  Political family: Watkins-Rhoades-Hobbs family of Pennsylvania.
  James J. Rhoades — Republican. Member of Pennsylvania state senate 29th District, 1981-2004. Still living as of 2004.
  Relatives: Father of Ali Rhoades (daughter-in-law of Frederick H. Hobbs).
  Political family: Watkins-Rhoades-Hobbs family of Pennsylvania.
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