Arthur A. Jones, a worthy representative of one of the honored pioneer families of Allamakee county, is the
owner of a well improved farm of one hundred and eighty acres on section 9, Franklin township. His birth occurred
in Makee township, this county, on the 3oth of July, i868, his parents being Charles and Elizabeth (Lane) Jones.
The father was born in England in 1832, while the mother's birth occurred in Pennsylvania in 1836. When a young
man Charles Jones crossed the Atlantic to the United States, first locating in New York and working on the canal.
Subsequently he made his way westward and for a number of years sailed on the Mississippi river. In 1852 he came
to Iowa and in 1854 entered a tract of land just north of Waukon, the district being then a wilderness. After residing
there for a number of years he moved into Franklin township and here purchased another tract of land, retaining
possession of his original home place, however, until 1893, when he disposed of the property. He remained a resident
of Franklin township until his death in 1898, when the community lost one of its esteemed pioneer settlers and
representative agriculturists. He held various township offices and ever discharged the duties devolving upon him
in a prompt and able manner. His widow is still living and resides in Franklin township with her sons.
Arthur A. Jones, the seventh in order of birth in a family of twelve children, began his education in Makee township
and later entered the Red schoolhouse, a district school. After putting aside his text books he assisted his father
in the operation of the home farm and also worked for others at intervals. When a young man of twenty two he secured
employment as a stonecutter in the quarries of Clayton county and worked therein for about ten years. During this
period he acquired sufficient capital to invest in land, and while working at the stonecutting trade also devoted
some attention to farming. He now gives his entire time to the operation of his farm of one hundred and eighty
acres in the Yellow river valley of Franklin township, carrying on general agricultural pursuits with gratifying
results. In 1911 there was raised a crop of corn yielding one hundred and seventeen and a half bushels to the acre.
That he keeps in touch with the modern spirit of progress which is manifested in agricultural lines and that his
knowledge of farming is both thorough and comprehensive is indicated by the highly improved appearance of his place,
upon which are found substantial buildings and all of the modern accessories necessary for facilitating farm labor.
On the 13th of November, 1895, Mr. Jones was united in marraige to Miss Nannie B. McShane, who was born in Franklin
township on the 11th of March, 1869, her parents being Cornelius and Margaret (Durr) McShane, the former a native
of Monongalia county, West Virginia, and the latter of Greene county, Pennsylvania. Cornelius McShane followed
general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. In 1851 or 1852 he came to Iowa, acquiring
and locating on a tract of land in Linton township, Allamakee county. About two years later he took up his abode
in Franklin township and there spent the remainder of his life, passing away on the 7th of February, 1907. His
wife was called to her final rest on the 29th of January, 1905. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born six children,
as follows: Nellie Fern, Lottie Grace, Charles Samuel, Ethel Gladys, Stella and one who died in infancy.
In politics Mr. Jones is independent, supporting men and measures rather than party. He has served as a school
director for his district and has manifested his public spirited citizenship in many other ways. He has been identified
with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows since twenty two years of age and also belongs to the Modern Brotherhood
of America. Mr. and Mrs. Jones enjoy the warm esteem and friendship of many with whom they have come in contact
and the hospitality of the best homes of the locality is cordially extended them.
Past and Present of Allamakee County, Iowa
A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievemant
By: Ellery M. Hancock
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Allamakee County, IA
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