Biography of Howard M. Jones
North Central Ohio Biographies

Howard M. Jones, who is a veteran of the World War, is well and favorably known at Redhaw, Ashland County, where he has spent his entire life. He was born here, Jan. 29, 1895, the son of Melvin and Leah (Weikel) Jones.

Melvin Jones was born near Wooster, Ohio, the son of David Yarnell Jones, who served throughout the Civil War. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. His father, David Drake Jones, was a native of Wales, and as a young man came to the United States and settled in Wayne County, Ohio. He was a wheelwright by trade, and had six sons, all of whom followed that trade.

Melvin Jones was reared and educated at Redhaw and as a boy learned the blacksmith trade in the shop of John Sheppard. He was thus engaged during his entire lifetime, and was also the owner of a well improved farm of 120 acres, located two miles north of Redhaw. Mr. Jones died in February, 1929. His widow, born at Oil City, Pa., lives at Redhaw. Mr. Jones was a Republican and held membership in the Evangelical Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones were born three children: Zeda, married J. Willard Worst, lives at Nankin; Blanche Ann, who died in 1906; and Howard M., the subject of this sketch.

Howard M. Jones attended the public schools of Redhaw, and until his enlistment for service in the World War was employed in his father's shop. He enlisted May 27, 1918, and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. He was later transferred to Camp Johnson, Florida, and sailed for overseas duty on August 6th. After the close of the war he was stationed in Germany with the army of occupation, being discharged from the service at Camp Dix, N. J., in October, 1919. He immediately returned to Redhaw, where he was associated with his father's business. At the latter's death in 1921 he became proprietor of the shop.

On April 8, 1920, Mr. Jones was married at Tiffin, Ohio, to Miss Garnet Ruth Munk, of Barberton, daughter of Rev, and Mrs. Wesley Munk, natives of Hancock County, Ohio. Mr. Munk died in 1919 and his wife died in 1924. Both are buried at Mt. Gilead. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jones: Elvin Stanton, born June 23, 1926; and Naomi Blanche, who died in infancy.

Mr. Jones is a Republican, a member of the Evangelical Church, and belongs to the American Legion, Lucas Vaugh Post No. 219, of Polk.

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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