Biography of Alvin W. Jones
North Central Ohio Biographies

Alvin William Jones, who is proprietor of the Jones Floral Company, is a progressive business man and substantial citizen of Oberlin. He was born at Weeping Water, Neb., July 24, 1887, the son of William Henry and Elizabeth E. (Wright) Jones.

William Jones, who died at Lorain, Ohio, in 1920, was a native of England. He came to this country with his parents, who settled on a farm in Lorain County, and at the age of 16 years went to Weeping Water, Neb., where he became interested in the greenhouse business, as well as truck gardening. He removed to Grand Island, Neb., in 1888, and in 1899 returned to Ohio and located at Geneva. He established a greenhouse business in Lorain in 1900, which he successfully conducted until his death in 1920, being recognized as one of Lorain's pioneer florists. He is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain. His widow, born near Painesville, Ohio, in 1864, lives at Oberlin. Mr. Jones was a Republican, and an ardent worker for the cause of prohibition. He held membership in the Methodist Church and Modern Woodmen of America. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones were born three children: Alvin William, the subject of this sketch; Aurel E., lives at Oberlin; and William Henry, lives in New York.

The boyhood of A. W. Jones was spent in Nebraska, and he was educated in the public schools of Geneva and Lorain. He also attended Lorain Business College, and at an early age became associated in business with his father. With the latter's aid in 1907 he established a floral business in Oberlin, which he successfully conducted until 1914. At that time he sold the business to a Mr. Cook, but continued in Mr. Cook's employ until 1920. Mr. Jones then formed a partnership with W. A. Humm, and the firm of Humm & Jones, florists, continued for a period of four years, when Mr. Jones disposed of his interest to his partner. In January, 1926, Mr. Jones purchased the greenhouse and florist business from Mr. Cook, which had been established by him many years before. An attractive flower shop is located at 59 South Main Street.

Mr. Jones was married (first) to Miss Edith Papworth, of Oberlin, the daughter of John and Clara (Hilliard) Papworth. To them a daughter was born, Alice May, born Jan. 17, 1915, attends Oberlin High School. Mr. Jones was married (second) to Mabel (Marsh) Ryan, of Elyria. By a former marriage Mrs. Jones has a son, Fred Ryan, born in 1922. To A. W. and Mabel (Marsh) Jones has been born a daughter, Mary Elizabeth, born in May, 1928.

Mr. Jones is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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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