Editor’s Note: This is a continuation of the Echoes of Our Past in Yesterday’s Minden Press-Herald.
Watkins was pledged to support his colleague, Speaker of the House “Champ” Clark of Missouri for President. Many of the local political leaders from North Louisiana were supporting the more progressive Governor Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey. After Wilson won the nomination and the Presidency, Watkins still tended to side with Clark, who remained Speaker of the House and often challenged Wilson’s programs.
Family problems also caused political trouble for Watkins. His wife and his daughter,