PHILO JONES. - The career of Philo Jones of Brawley is one which clearly defines his position as one of the
progressive and representative business men of Imperial County. He has paved the way for many important enterprises
which meant success for the city of Brawley. Mr. Jones was born on his father's farm near Davis. Macomb County,
Michigan, January 22, 1873, son of David T. and Lavina (Sutliff) Jones. His father was a native of Wales, while
his mother was born in New York State. In 1883 Mr. Jones' parents removed to Ontario, California, when he was ten
years of age. He attended the public schools and later entered the Chafey Preparatory School of Ontario, graduating
in 1893. He also attended the University of Southern California. In 1897 he became receiver for the Union Iron
Works of Los Angeles for one year, and for two years was identified with the Printers' Supply business, having
the position as inside manager. Leaving this position he was connected with the Salinas Water, Light & Power
Company as superintendent for a period of nearly three years. While attending the University of Southern California,
he was editor of the University Courier for three years, and published the first junior annual of that institution.
Mr. Jones was identified with other public utility companies. He served as general manager of the Santa Maria Electric
Company during construction work, and was associated with the Pacific Electric Company of Los Angeles as beach
manager at Playa del Rey for over one year. In June. 1907, Mr. Jones removed to Brawley and took charge of the
Bradley Town and Improvement Company. He has been associated with many leading ventures in the Valley since locating
in Brawley. He has taken an active part in the early political history of the Valley, and registers as a Republican.
In 1913, Mr. Jones engaged in the general brokerage business. He makes a specialty of farm loans and insurance.
He was united in marriage to Miss Myrtle Hillen Nance of Santa Maria, California, August 4, 1909. To this union
has been born one daughter, Margaret Jeanette, born September 29, 1911. The father of Mrs. Jones, Thomas Nance,
was among the first pioneers, and he put in the first crop in the Santa Maria Valley. His death occurred in 1915,
at the age of eighty years. Mrs. Jones' mother resides in Santa Maria. Mr. Jones was appointed justice of the peace
in May, 1915; this office he still holds to the satisfaction of all. He was city recorder for several years and
resigned in 1917. Fraternally Mr. Jones is affiliated with the Masonic lodge of Brawley, and is Past Master of
his lodge. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are prominent in church work and hold membership in the Methodist church. She is
also president of the Grammar School Board.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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