Ralph E. Jones, the present mayor of Williamsburg, is directing the affairs of the municipality in a businesslike
manner and is winning the commendation of his fellow citizens for his efficiency. He is a member of the firm of
Jones Brothers, dealers in lumber and coal, and is recognized as a man of enterprise and sound judgment. A native
of this county, he was born in Troy township on the 29th of June, 1885, a son of William T. and Margaret (Richards)
Jones, natives of Wales and of Covington, Kentucky, respectively. In 1864 both the Jones and Richards families
settled in this county and the marriage of William T. Jones and Margaret Richards was solemnized in Troy township,
where they began their married life upon a farm. For many years the father was actively engaged in fanning there.
The mother passed away in this county in 1905 and in 1913 the father removed to Fairmont, Minnesota, where he is
Ralph E. Jones was reared upon the homestead in Troy township and at the usual age entered the public schools.
After completing the course there he matriculated at the State University of Iowa and was graduated from that institution
in 1906 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The next three years were spent in teaching in northwestern Iowa,
but on the 1st of January, 1909, he turned his attention to business, forming a partnership with his brother, David
R. Jones, under the firm name of Jones Brothers. They bought out the lumber business of Hughes & Ogle at Williamsburg,
and in the six years that have intervened have established themselves among the most progressive and most successful
merchants of the city. They keep on hand a large stock of lumber and their annual sales reach a large total. As
they have the reputation of carrying the best grades of coal and as their prices are reasonable, they do a large
business in that line as well, and the standing of the firm in commercial circles is high.
In April, 1910, Mr. Jones married Miss Ella Sieh, of Sutherland, Iowa. He is a member of Stellapolis Lodge, No.
391, F. & A. M.; Troy Chapter, No. 117, R. A. M.; and of the lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
at Plover, Iowa. His ballot is cast in support of the measures and candidates of the republican party and for four
years he served on the city council of Williamsburg. In April, 1914, his fellow citizens recognized his ability
and public spirit by electing him to the mayoralty and he is now the incumbent in that position. He gives the closest
attention to his duties as chief executive of the city and his record is a distinctly creditable one. He is a valued
member of the Williamsburg Boosters Club and has had much influence in formulating the plans of that body for the
development of the city. Both he and his wife belong to the Presbyterian church and in its teachings are found
the guiding principles of their lives. His integrity as well as his initiative and abilty is well known and the
general confidence in his rectitude has been an important factor in his success.
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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