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George S. Jones

GEORGE S. JONES.  Few men have made more comfortable homes and have placed themselves in the midst of convenient and agreeable surrounds at so early an age, unaided by others than a most helpful wife, than he whose name stands at the beginning of this brief biography.  George S. Jones is the fourth of a family of ten children, and first saw the light March 19, 1858.  He is a son of Samuel and Adelia (Campbell) Jones.  The father is a native of Canada, and the mother was born in Vermont; her parents settled in Illinois when she was in her eighth year, and she was married to Mr. Jones at Rockford, Illinois.  Of the ten children, seven survive: Viola, wife of R. H. Hench, and Elmira, wife of William H. Johns, reside in the State of Iowa; Flora, wife of William Halsey, died in Diamond Township,. Cherokee County, December 30, 1883.  The parents , still reside in Illinois, and Frank, Della, Willie and Mamie are with or near them.

George S. passed his youthful days on the farm, and attended the common schools sufficiently to attain a fair proficiency in the fundamental branches.  He remained with his father until he was united for life with Miss Laura A. Mon, a native of the same county as himself, born September 7, 1859.  They were married February 15, 1883, and at once migrated to their new home.  Mr. Jones had purchased the body of land the year prior to coming to the State.  He had about $1,000 invested in his farm and a fair start in horses and live-stock; with about $40 in cash he fitted up a home among strangers.  Both he and his wife are gifted with determined spirits, and they started with energy and confidence that they would succeed; after six years they are beginning to realize the fruits of their labors.  Their farm comprised the southeast quarter of section 10, Diamond Township; the improvements are of the best, the buildings having been erected by Mr. Jones himself.  Having a naturally mechanical mind, he has put is inclinations into practical use.  Mrs. Jones is the daughter of Robert and Hannah (Marston) Moon, both of whom were natives of the Empire State.  She is a person of prepossessing appearance, and is a most excellent mother to her three children: Robert Raymond, George Ellis and Lela Pearl.  Mr. and Mrs. Jones are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Diamond Center, and have done much to further the cause of the Master.  Mr. Jones is a steward and trustee of the church, and it is largely due to his efforts that the society is in its flourishing condition.  Politically he affiliates with the Republican party.

Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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