Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JOHN G. JONES was born in Carnarvon
county, Wales, on May 14, 1868, being the son of John G. and Ellen (Williams)
Jones, natives of Wales. His education was received in his native
place and then went to work in the granite and coal mines of Wales, where
he remained until 1889, and in which year he came to the United States,
settling in Wardner, Idaho. For two years, he was occupied in the
copper mines of that section, then went to Wallace and wrought for a year.
In 1892 he came to Hartline and took up a homestead two miles north of
town which he still owns. In 1894 we find him at Tyler, Spokane county,
engaged in irrigating land for Williams & Chambers. Fifteen months
later he went to Rossland and there wrought in the Nickelplate and Nevada
mines. After one year in that capacity he went to Ainsworth and engaged
in the Della mines. He wrought in the Black Diamond and other mines,
then came to Spokane and finally onto Ellensburg, whence he came to Douglas
county, settling on his homestead. After two years there, Mr.
Jones came to Hartline and opened a livery barn. He has one brother,
Thomas, in Phoenix, British Columbia.
At Ellensburg, on July 12, 1897, Mr. Jones
married Miss Bertha, daughter of Israel and Ida Thayer, natives of Minnesota.
Mrs. Jones was born in Minnesota in 1876, and died at Hartline, on March
9, 1899. She had three brothers, Burdette, John and Daniel.
To this marriage, one child was born, Charles A., at Hartline, on March
9, 1899. Mr. Jones contracted a second marriage, the date of the
same being July 20, 1901, on which occasion, Mrs. Dora Richardson, of Long
View, Texas, became his wife. She was born in Silver, Alabama, on
February 1, 1863, the daughter of John M. and Julia (Killinger) Aden.
Mrs. Jones has the following brothers and sisters: Lorenzo D., Albert M.,
Alexander, Mrs. Jessie Stout, Mrs. Emma Hay and Mrs. Lizzie Scarbrough.