Biography of W. K. Jones
Potter County, PA Biographies

W. K. JONES, banker, Coudersport, is a son of Archibald F. and Mary R. Jones, and was born June 22, 1849, in Coudersport, Potter Co., Penn., where he was educated, with the exception of two years, one of which was passed at Collegeville. Immediately following his school days, Mr. Jones became a practical surveyor, a profession he pursued for several years; and afterward became associated with his father (who was then a dealer in general merchandise) in Coudersport, where they transacted business on an extensive scale under the firm name of A. F. Jones & Son. As early as 1873 they found a demand upon them to become the private bankers for many people, and to afford, to a considerable extent, banking facilities to all, which ultimately resulted in the sale of their mercantile interests, and the organization of the banking house known as the Bank of Coudersport. On the death of Mr. A. F. Jones, March 8, 1879, the entire business fell into the hands of his son, W. K., which the latter still continues, and which has expanded with the growth of the county, till now it is an institution of great magnitude and unqualified popularity, and the executive and financial abilities of Mr. Jones have won for him the confidence of the community generally. He is largely interested in all local enterprises, being a director in the Citizens' Water Company and of the Coudersport & Port Allegany Railroad, also holds large realties, and is executor of the Ross estate. Beyond doubt he is one of Potter county's ablest men; is unassuming, genial, liberal in his charities, and of an unimpeachable character. He is a past officer in both the Masonic organizations of Coudersport, and member of the Commandery at Bradford, and petitioner for the creation of the Coudersport Commandery. In February, 1890, he was appointed D. D. G. H. P. for the counties of Potter, McKean, Cameron and Elk. Mr. Jones well deserves the honor thus conferred upon him. He is a member of the Republican party, was a delegate to the Chicago convention in 1888, which nominated Harrison, and has frequently been a delegate to Harrisburg. He is chief engineer of the Coudersport fire department, and fire marshal of the borough, of which he has also served two terms as burgess. Mr. Jones married, in 1887, Miss Fannie Holman, and they are the parents of two sons.


From:
History of the Counties of
McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania
J. H. Beers & Co. Publishers
Chicago, Ill. 1890


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