David R. Jones, a member of the firm of Jones Brothers, dealers in lumber and coal, at Williamsburg, was born
in Hilton township, this county, on the 9th of February, 1879, a son of William T. and Margaret (Richards) Jones;
more extended mention of whom is made in the sketch of Ralph E. Jones, which appears elsewhere in this work.
David R. Jones passed his boyhood and youth under the parental roof and entered the public schools at the usual
age. He passed from grade to grade and became a student in the high school, from which he was graduated with the
class of 1898. He was reared to farm work and after putting aside his textbooks assisted in the operation of the
home farm until 1906, when he went to Iowa City and accepted a position in a lumberyard at that place. He was employed
there for three years and applied himself assiduously to learning the business in principle and detail. In 1909
he returned to Williamsburg and joined his brother, Ralph E. Jones, in the formation of the firm of Jones Brothers,
which purchased the lumberyards of Hughes & Ogle. The business has grown steadily and Jones Brothers is now
recognized as one of the leading lumber concerns of this part of the state. They have an enviable reputation for
integrity and honorable dealing and as they carry high grade lumber and coal, their patronage is increasing from
year to year. The practical experience which David R. Jones gained in the lumber business in Iowa City has proved
of the greatest benefit to him since starting out in business on his own account and has been an important factor
in the success of the firm.
In 1913 Mr. Jones married Miss Miriam Jones, of Youngstown, Ohio. Both hold membership in the Presbyterian church
and fraternally he is connected with Stellapolis Lodge, No. 391, F. & A. M.; and Troy Chapter, No. 117, R.
A. M. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he takes the interest of a good citizen in
local governmental affairs. The Boosters Club of Williamsburg finds in him a loyal member and an ardent supporter
of its projects for the advancement of the interests of Williamsburg, and it is recognized that in building up
his own business he has also contributed to the commercial development of his city.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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