Biography of Pierce Jones
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A well known mason and contractor of Utica is Pierce Jones, who is a member of the firm of Griffiths & Pierce. He was born in Wales, on the 10th of June, 1859, and is a son of John and Mary Jones, also natives of Wales.

Reared in the land of his birth, Pierce Jones acquired his education in the common schools of the village where he lived, remaining a member of the parental home until he was twelve years of age. He subsequently went to Liverpool, where he was apprenticed as a plasterer. After learning his trade he followed it in England until 1883, at which time he decided to become a citizen of the United States. Upon his arrival he immediately made his way westward locating in Utica, where he entered the employ of Hughes & Jones with whom he continued to be identified until 1890 when he formed a partnership with one of his fellow countrymen, Griffith Griffiths, under the firm name of Griffiths & Pierce. Thoroughly trustworthy and reliable business men as well as excellent workmen, they have met with success in their business, and in addition to his interest in that Mr. Jones owns stock in the Utica Gas Company, the Mohawk Valley Railroad and the Water Works. Together with his partner he has been awarded some of the best contracts in the city. Among the well known buildings they have erected, mention should be made of the Hotel Utica, St. Luke's Hospital, Utica Free Academy, Wetmore street school, Hudson River power plant, Moravian church, Reconciliation church, Utica & Mohawk Valley ear barns and Oneida County Hospital, which is located at Rome.

For his wife and helpmate Mr. Jones chose Miss Margaret Roberts, a daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Roberts, their union being solemnised in this city in 1889. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born two daughters: Mary Frances and Margaret Vivian.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Masonic fraternity, his local identification being with Faxton Lodge, A. F. & A. M. He is also a member of the Master Mason Builders' Association, of which organization he was at one time the treasurer. In politics he always casts an independent ballot except for state and national officers, his support then being given to the candidates of the republican party. Never having been an aspirant to public honors or the emoluments of office, however, he does not actively participate in municipal affairs, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to the development of his private interests in which he is meeting with more than an average degree of success.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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