William Robert Jenkins, who, until recently, was the only colored man on the Dayton police force, was born at Wilmington, Ohio, on January 10, 1865. He received a scant education in the schools of that city, and, after reaching an age where he could take care of himself, went to Dayton to reside. His honesty and steadiness at hard labor were rewarded by an appointment as patrolman on September 3, 1893. "Jenks," as he is popularly known, is a terror to those colored people who are inclined to break the city laws, and he is a most valuable officer for that reason. He has a wife, Hattie, and is affiliated with the colored Masons and Knights of Pythias.