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1907 Past and Present Biographies

Mary A. Jones

Residence of Mary A. Jones
Residence of Mary A. Jones
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Miss Mary A. Jones well deserves mention in the history of Greene county, where she has extensive property interests and is known as a leading business woman of excellent executive ability and keen business discernment. She is a native of New Hampshire, although reared in the middle west. Her parents were Samuel and Mariam (Fellows) Jones, who were also natives of New England, whence they removed to Princeton, Bureau county, Illinois, when their daughter Mary was but a year old. The father owned a tract of land between Peru and LaSalle streets in Princeton, which became very valuable and is now one of the best residence districts of the city, General Hendersonís home being located upon a part of the original tract in possession of Mr. Jones.

In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jones were six children, two sons and four daughters: Mary A.; Sarah E., deceased; Henrietta, wife of Milton Sayres, of Jefferson; Josiah and Joseph, both deceased; and Annie, who died in Illinois. The death of the husband and father occurred in Princeton, Illinois, where he was regarded as a leading business man and representative citizen. After his demise his family came to Iowa, purchasing a fine farm in Jackson township, Greene county. Miss Jones now owns some of the most valuable land in this county, returning to her an excellent annual income, and also considerable city realty, including a number of residences which return a good yearly rental. These investments have been judiciously placed and while her affairs are largely managed by others, relieving her of the control of arduous details, she yet gives general supervision to her extensive business interests, and in so doing displays an aptitude for successful management which has always been one of the strong and salient characteristics of the family. She has a fine home in Jefferson, commodious and spacious, it being the old Dr. Grimmell home and an ornament to the city.

Transcribed from "Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead,"
by E. B. Stillman assisted by an Advisory Board consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver,
Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P. A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907.

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