Biography of O. G. Jones
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O. G. Jones is the proprietor of a furniture store in Williamsburg and is also an undertaker and embalmer. He was born in Westmoreland, New York, on the 24th of August, 1872, a son of John R. and Ann (Owen) Jones, both natives of Wales, whence in 1859 they emigrated to the United States, first settling in Oneida county, New York. There the mother died in 188o but the father continued¬ to reside in that locality until 1898, when he removed to Iowa, where he passed away in 1909. Six of their seven children survive.

O. G. Jones remained at home until he was eighteen years of age and then found employment in a door factory, where he remained for two years. At the end of that time he went to Seattle, Washington, where he spent a similar period and where he learned the plumbing trade. He was then for a year in Chicago, after which he came to Williamsburg. Not long afterward, however, he went to Missouri, where he resided for two years, after which he returned to Williamsburg and entered the furniture and undertaking business. In July, 1906, he graduated in embalming and is an expert in that line of work. He carries an excellent stock of furniture of high grade and his fair dealing and courtesy have enabled him to build up a large patronage in the years that he has been connected with mercantile circles in Williamsburg.

In 1898 Mr. Jones married Miss Mary D. Hakes, a daughter of B. H. Hakes, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. To this union have been born four children: Cecile E., whose birth occurred on the 22d of February, 1906; Eunice G., born July 25, 1914; and two who died in infancy.

Mr. Jones is a republican and is now serving as a member of the town council. Fraternally he is associated with Stellapolis Lodge, No. 391, A. F. & A. M., of which he is worshipful master; Troy Chapter, No. 119, R. A. M.; Williamsburg Lodge, No. 368, I. O. O. F.; and Lodge No. 172, K of P. Both he and his wife are affiliated with the Presbyterian church, of which he is one of the trustees, and they not only contribute to its support but also take an active part in its work. Mr. Jones has prospered materially and owns his store building and also his residence. The success which he has gained is the more creditable in that it is due entirely to his own energy and business ability, and all who know him esteem him for his many admirable qualities.

From:
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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