On the list of Marion county's honored dead appears the name of Price Jones, who was well known in his community
as a representative farmer, stock raiser and mine owner. He was prominent in local affairs and his influence was
always on the side of progress and improvement. A native of Ohio, he was born in Monroe county, February 19, 1839,
his parents being Joseph and Margaret Jones. The family arrived in Iowa in 1849 and settled on government land
in Liberty township, for it was then the pioneer epoch in the history of this section of the state and the work
of progress and improvement had been scarcely begun. The family is of English and Dutch extraction. The parents
continued to reside upon the home farm through many years and the father carefully transformed the place from a
tract of wild prairie into richly cultivated fields. He was closely associated with the pioneer development and
lived to see remarkable changes in the county. Both he and his wife have now passed away and they were laid to
rest at Sandy Ridge.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life for Price Jones during the period of his
boyhood and youth. He was a lad of but ten years when the family came to Marion county and he shared with the others
in the hardships incident to life on the frontier. He became an active assistant in the work of the fields as his
age and strength increased and after reaching manhood he felt no desire to change his occupation. On the contrary
he concentrated his efforts upon farming and stock raising and became the owner of an excellent tract of land which
he brought under a high state of cultivation. He was also successful as a stock raiser and became well known as
a mine owner. In addition to his property in Marion county, which comprised many acres of farm land, he was the
owner of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Jefferson township, Mahaska county, and at one time he also owned
and operated a coal mine in Marion county.
On the 11th of April, 1868, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Dorcas L. Long, by whom he had two children,
Joseph and Alvah. The wife and mother passed away in March, 1872, and on the 26th of November, 1876, Mr. Jones
was again married, his second union being with Miss S. Jane McDowell, a daughter of James and Jane (Bigham) McDowell.
Her mother came to Marion county as a widow in 1849, here married again and spent the remainder of her life. To
Price and Jane (McDowell) Jones were born three children, namely: Willis; Maggie, who died at the age of six months;
Mr. Jones exercised his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party and was greatly
interested in the welfare and upbuilding of his section of the state. At different times he was called to local
offices and ever discharged his duties with promptness and fidelity, doing the best possible for the public in
his official service. He was entitled to wear the little bronze button that proclaims a man a member of the Grand
Army of the Republic, for he served throughout the entire period of the Civil war as a member of Company C, Seventh
Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was home on a furlough but once throughout the long period of hostilities. He never
faltered in the performance of duty, was frequently in the thickest of the fight and took part in the long marches
and strenuous campaigns. In days of peace he was equally loyal to his country and her welfare, and his devotion
to the public good was manifest in many tangible ways. His death occurred March 27, 1882, since which time his
widow has taken up her abode in Bussey, where she now makes her home.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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