Biography of Hon. Charles C. Jones
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Hon. Charles C. Jones, of Wooster, only son of the late Senator Lake F. and Jennie Jones, was born at Mount Vernon, Ohio, Oct. 22, 1873.

Lake F. Jones was born at Fredericksburg, Wayne County, Aug. 11, 1844, and died Sept. 9, 1907, at Wooster. He was the son of David K. Jones. David K. Jones, the father of Lake F. Jones, engaged in the dry goods business in Wooster and later removed to Shreve, where he conducted a general store for many years. He served as postmaster of Shreve and held other offices of trust in that village, where he resided for many years and where he died at the age of 94 years. His father, Benjamin Jones, was born in Frederick County, Virginia, April 13, 1787, and when a child was taken by his parents to Washington County, Pa. ifl 1811 he first visited Wooster, and returned to this city the following year, where he spent an active and useful life. In 1815 he was elected justice of the peace of Wooster Township, and subsequently filled the office of trustee of that township. In 1818 he was elected commissioner of Wayne County and served in that capacity of three years. In 1821 he was elected a representative from Wayne County in the General Assembly of Ohio, and in 1824 was placed on the Jackson electoral ticket as one of the district electors. He represented Wayne County in the Ohio Senate from Dec. 7, 1829, until Dec. 3, 1832, having been reelected in 1834. He was a member of the Congress during the administration of Andrew Jackson. On March 17, 1836, he retired to his farm, west of Wooster, where he died April 24, 1861.

Lake F. Jones engaged in business at an early age as a buyer and seller of sheep and cattle, and conducted this business successfully throughout Wayne, Holmes, and Knox counties. In 1868 he was married to Jennie Rathall, at Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he was then located in business. They had four children: 1. Mary E., married John Johnson, of Wooster. 2. Jessie K., married Judge John C. McClaran, of Wooster. 3. Charles C., the subject of this sketch. 4. Lena F., who died at the age of eight years. In 1881 Mr. Jones with his family removed from Mount Vernon to Wooster, where he engaged in the real estate business. Later he devoted his time and attention to the oil and gas business in Northern Ohio. Like his father and grandfather he was an ardent Democrat in politics and for many years took a prominent part in the political life of Wayne County. As a Democrat he was nominated and elected several terms as a member of the Wooster city council. In 1896 he received the Democratic nomination for State Senator from Wayne County by a large majority, and was elected and served as a member of the Ohio Senate in the Seventy-third General Assembly, representing Wayne, Holmes, Knox, and Morrow counties.

Charles C. Jones received his early education in the public schols of Wooster and also attended Bixler's Business College in Wooster. He was graduated from the College of Law, Ohio State University, in 1900, and was admitted to the Ohio bar in that year, and immediately engaged in the practice of law in Wooster with the late Judge John C. McClaran under the firm name of McClaran & Jones. In 1920 he was elected probate judge of Wayne County and served two terms, in all, eight years, until Feb. 9, 1929. After his official term as probate judge expired Judge Jones again embarked upon the practice of his profession in Wooster.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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