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William F. Jones


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 5/30/2010 at 21:02:41

History of Jackson County, Iowa, 1910, James W. Ellis


William F. Jones, an enterprising and successful representative of the agricultural interests of Jackson county, is the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 3, Maquoketa township. His birth occurred in Ashland county, Ohio, on the 2d day of July, 1852, his parents being John and Elizabeth G. (Raum) Jones, who were natives of Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively. In 1855 they took up their abode in Jackson county, Iowa, purchasing the farm which is now in possession of our subject and on which they made their home until called to their final rest. The father passed away on the 16th of September, 1888, while the mother's demise occurred July 14, 1895. Their children were eight in number, namely: Henry A., who is deceased; Rhoda E., the wife of G. L. Manning, of Seattle, Washington; Anna B., who has likewise passed away; Sophia C, the wife of John Orr, of Maquoketa; John M., who is a resident of Sumpter, Oregon; William F., of this review; Ida M., the wife of Henry Linnemann, of Manning, Iowa; and Louise S., the wife of G. W. Allen, of the state of Washington.
William F. Jones obtained a common school education in his youthful days and early became familiar with the duties and labors which fall to the lot of the agriculturist through the assistance which he rendered his father in the cultivation of the home farm. When he had attained his majority he bought one hundred and twenty acres of the old homestead place and later made an additional purchase of forty acres, so that his holdings now embrace a quarter section of rich and productive land on section 3, Maquoketa township. The fields annually yield golden harvests in return for the care and labor which he bestows upon them and he has won a gratifying measure of prosperity in the conduct of his farming interests.
On the 31st of December, 1895, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Emma A. Woodell, whose birth occurred in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, in 1861, her parents being William and Mary A. (Moyer) Woodell, both of whom were natives of the Keystone state. William Woodell, who loyally fought for the interests of the Union during the Civil war, passed away in 1866. The following year his widow came to Jackson county, Iowa, settling near Andrew, where she made her home for six years. On the expiration of that period she took up her abode in Maquoketa, there residing until called to her final rest on the 3Oth of March, 1900. For eighteen years prior to her marriage Mrs. Jones was actively identified with educational interests as a school teacher. She has two sisters, namely: Mrs. Susan Blim; and Mrs. Mattie Gibson, of Maquoketa. In his political views Mr. Jones is a republican and has capably served his fellow townsmen as trustee and also in the position of school director. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias at Maquoketa, and likewise belongs to the Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan. His wife is a devoted and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The period of his residence in this county now covers more than a half century and he is widely and favorably known within its borders, having ever displayed those sterling traits of character which in every land and clime awaken confidence and regard.

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