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The Vinton Eagle; December 1, 1914
Death of B. W. Jones
Bushrod W. Jones

B.W. Jones was born in Jay village, New York, December 17th, 1823. He passed peacefully to his rest at 10 am Friday, November 27, 1914, aged 90 years, 11 months and 11 days.

In the year 1857 he came west with his family choosing Vinton as the place of his residence where he lived till the day of his death. In 1847 he met and married Lydia Stickney, who departed this life in May 1892. To this union were born five children, George and Clarinda, of Vinton; Charles and Arthur, of Chicago, and John Edwin who died in infancy.

Coming as he did in the “fifties,” he was one of the pioneer stock buyers and carried on that business during the greater part of his active life.

“The death of Brother Jones,” said Rev. Rogers in his funeral discourse, “who was always known to all as 'Uncle Bush Jones,' is a notable loss to many personal friends in this city. While he was living his associates felt that they were in touch with an honest business man and a law abiding citizen. One always interested in the things that made for better manhood and womanhood and in the development of good citizen ideals. He was ever ready to work and give towards a good cause.”.

He was converted by the grace of God and baptized in 1847 and became a member of the Baptist church in New York. When moving west he brought his letter to the Baptist church of Vinton and joined fellowship with the members who gathered around his bier to mourn their loss. He lived true to his profession in Jesus Christ as far as human nature would permit. He entered into the Christian duties of his church with genuine earnestness and enthusiasm which marked him as a man of God. The work of the Kingdom always had a warm place in his heart and to the same he gave his money and himself. To the day of his death he never lost interest in the church of his choise. When confined to his home he was ever inquiring of church work and rejoicing in its prosperity.

During his membership he held several important offices the duties of which he performed with unflagging zeal while health and strength were his. He was made a deacon of the church in which capacity he faithfully served and abounded in grace. He also labored for his Master acceeptably as a Sunday school superintendent revealing an unfaltering love for the young who remember his teaching and influence to this day. His appointments to work on many of the committees in church life showed the implicit faith of the church in his abilities, sympathies and interests for the good and great work in which he delighted.

During all these many manifold duties he carried the bright, sunny and cheerful countenance which never left him. He took delight in bright interchange of thought and sparkling wit. He relished a good story.

He was a man of strong faith in prayer and loved the word of the God immensely. The day of his death found him endeavoring to finish another reading of the gospel of John, whose particular pages he loved preferrably though he loved them all. It was good to talk to Brother Jones about spiritual things and better still to pray with him. A former pastor of his wrote a very affectionate letter to him on his ninetieth birthday expressing appreciation for his fellowship, sympathy, love and inspiration he had enjoyed while working with the departed deacon.

Long and willing submission to God's plan and way had yielded to him a discipline that became confidence, patience and joy. It was the serenity of strength.

His going was like a translation. There was no lingering illness Long and willing submission to God's plan and way had yielded to him a discipline that became or pain. He laid down and slept and awoke in the morning land. His last audible words were the 23rd psalm-- “The Lord is my Shepherd.” He lives in our hearts today by the work that he did and the life he lived. He can never be forgotten. For: “You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang round it still.”.

His church associates who knew him and loved him so well can say of him as did the apostle Paul of himself: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, there is therefore laid up fo me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give, and not to me only but to all who loved his appearing.”.

He leaves to mourn his death four children, six grandchildren and other relatives. To these we express our sincere sympathy in the loss of so great a father and friend. May the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit and the memories of a Christian life be the balm to aching hearts.

Submitted on 20-Jul-2019 by
Marie Salisbury


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May 9, 1913
David Jones, A Pioneer of County Died Yesterday
David Jones

Yesterday (Thursday) morning witnessed the passing away of another pioneer after but a few days illness—David Alexander Jones.

He was born in Dart county, Ohio July 30th 1836. He came to Cedar township, this county, in 1856 with his parents. He was married to Hulda J. Bradley, Dec. 23, 1858, in Cedar township. Five children were born to this union, Mrs. Ora Wean, who died a year ago last December; Frank L, Trinidad, Colorado; Elmer W., Spokane, Washington; Clark B., who died in Cedar Rapids about a month ago, and Cora, who has been keeping house for her father.

Mr. Jones enlisted in Co. D, 28th Iowa volunteer infantry in 1862. He was taken sick at St. Louis with spinal meningitis and was sent home. His wife died Feb. 7, 1898.

He has taken sick with indigestion Tuesday, May 6, and died Thursday morning following. Besides his children one brother, Calvin G. Jones, of La Porte, survives him.

It was impossible to announce the time of the funeral services yesterday as the children who are at distant points were not heard from.
Submitted on Sun Oct 2 11:42:25 2005 by
Cheri Daniels-Lee, cherrylee14@hotmail.com

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Waterloo Daily Courier; February 23, 1950

Ella Jones

Vinton - Mrs. Ella Stanley Jones, 80, widow of Millard Jones, a native of Benton county, Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Thorup, Benton Harbor, Mich.; rites Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Miller funeral home at Vinton; burial in Maplewood cemetery here; born Oct. 4, 1869 to Mr. and Mrs. John Stanley, Garrison farmers; following her marriage to Millard Jones they were Vinton residents for many years before locating at Sac City where Mr. Jones was identified with the corn canning industry; some years ago they returned to Vinton; for several years Mrs. Jones had lived with her daughter; leaves Mrs. Thorup, five grandchildren; one son preceeded her in death.

{Submitter comment: Newspaper extract - not related}

Submitted on 16-Nov-2010 by
John Shuck, jshuck@rocketmail.com

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Vinton Review; May 2, 1918
SHELLSBURG CITIZEN DEAD
Erastus Jones

Erastus Jones, a life long resident of Shellsburg and vicinity, passed away at his home at that place Wednesday at 1:30p.m. He was about 60 years of age and his death was due to rheumatism.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. Belle Yates, of Palo; Mrs. Lizzie Shannon and Baxter Jones of Shellsburg, and Dr. Thomas Strawn, of Des Moines. His wife died when the youngest son, Thomas, was a small boy, and the later was raised by an aunt and given her last name. He is also survived by three brothers, and three sisters; Paul Jones, of Estherville; David, of Shellsburg, Senathan, of Palo; Mrs. Lizzie Strawn, Mrs. Belle Lewis, and Mrs. Lucy Cross, of Shellsburg.

Since the death of his wife Mr. Jones had lived alone a great deal of the time. He was a man well known and liked and will be missed in the community where he has lived so long. Funeral arrangements have not been completed at this time.

{Submitter comment: additional information from Strawn cemetery records of birth, death, no stone, wife buried in Mo.}

Submitted on 29-Aug-2010 by
Martha Long, Jimartlong@gmail.com

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February 11, 1898
Obituary for Huldah J. Jones
Huldah J. Jones

Mrs. David Jones died Monday night and the funeral services were held on Wednesday.
Submitted on Oct 2, 2005 by
Cheri Daniels-Lee, cherrylee14@hotmail.com

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Oldest resident of Norway community died
Ida Jones

Mrs. Ida Jones, daughter of King Parker and Asenath Taylor, was born on March 17, 1865, near Bushnell, Ill., and died at Virginia Gay hospital in Vinton on Friday, Jan. 1, 1965, at 12:30 p.m. at the age of 99 years, nine months and 15 days. In 1872, at the age of seven years, she came with her family in horse-drawn covered wagons to Iowa. She recalled her mother handled the reins as she drove one of the schooners across the rolling Iowa prairies. After three weeks of travel, the family reached the frame house located on a Clarke county homestead previouly purchased by her father.

Mrs. Jones received her education in schools of that county and attended normal training college then located at Garden Grove and Shenandoah. She taught her first school at the age of 16 years.

She was married to Joseph Oliver Jones on May 6, 1889, and they were the parents of four children, Everette K., deceased, Osecola, Mrs. H. O. (Ruth) Schloeman, Norway, Paul O. and Mrs. Home (Dorothy) Grant, both of Vacaville, Calif. Mrs. Jones is also survived by five grandchildren, Mrs. John (Wanda)Jensen, Council Bluffs, Everette K. Jones, Jr., Iowa City, Mrs. Jack (Virginia) Harvey and Mrs. Richard (Patricia) Gideon, both of Vacaville, Calif., and Mrs. Jack (Marjorie) McDowell, Vinton; and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, her husband and a son, Everette K., an Osceola attorney for 45 years.

She was a member of the Church of Christ and maintained her membership in Ophir chapter 267, Order of Eastern Star, Davis-Pence unit of American Legon auxilliary, all of Oscola, and was an honorary member of the W.S.C.S. of the Methodist church, Norway.

She enriched her life and that of others around her with appreciation of the beuties of nature expressed by her love and work for flowers and her art works done in oils and pastels. At the age of 75 years she attended a summer session at the Cumming's art school in Des Moines. She was a remarkable student of the Bible, history and literature, maintained a keen interest in community and world affairs and political comment. For some time she had made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schloeman, Norway.

Memorial services were held at the Norway Methodist church on Monday, Jan. 4, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. T. D. Hersey in charge. Interment was in Maple Hill cemetery, Osceola.

Pallbearers were Homer Monk, Milo Melberg, Sidney Wiese, Robert Montague, Donald Trumbull and Evard Montague.

Those attending the funeral of Mrs. Jones from a distance were: Paul O. Jones and Mrs. Homer Grant, Vacaville, Calif., Mrs. Everette K. Jones, Osceola; and Mrs. Everette K. Jones, Jr., Iowa City and Mr. and Mrs. Jack McDowell, Vinton.
Submitted on Mar 5, 2005 by
Nancy Montague, n.montague@mchsi.com

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