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WALTER D. JONES

 

 

††††† Walter D. Jones, who is managing a well improved ranch of fourteen hundred acres, well situated in the Quartz valley, near Ft. Jones, is a member of one of the old families of this locality and has done his full share in the development of this section of the state.He was born in the valley, on the 8th of May, 1877, a son of David W. and Susie E. (Howard) Jones.The father was a native of Vermont, where he was reared to young manhood, and in 1864 he crossed the plains by ox team to California, settling in Quartz valley, where he followed agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1918.The mother who was born in Illinois on the 25th of November, 1852, was brought across the plains when six months of age by her parents, Asa and Eliza (Fink) Howard.They went first to Portland, Oregon, thence to Sacramento, California, where they remained a short time, and in 1854 came to Weed, locating on the ranch now owned by Abner and Horace Weed, of Dunsmuir.Their home was but a short distance from the present home of Walter D. Jones, in the Quartz valley.After occupying the ranch for a few years, they purchased it and it has since remained in the family, being now operated by Walter D. Jones.The family made all of the improvements on the ranch, which, under their judicious management, has become one of the best farms in the locality.Mrs. Susie E. Jones, who is now about seventy-eight years of age, lives but a few yards from her sonís home, and thus they are in constant touch with each other.She and her son Walter were made executors of the estate.Mr. and Mrs. Jones became the parents of six children, as follows:Lydia, who died at the age of thirteen years; Walter D.; Edna, the wife of Frank Burton, a rancher in the Quartz valley; Alva, who was employed in oil operations, and died about thirty years ago; Gladys, who is the wife of Robert Burton, a miner in Quartz valley; and Lucy, the wife of Orland Walker, cashier of the Scott Valley Bank, of Ft. Jones.

††††† Walter D. Jones was reared at home and acquired his education in the grade schools and in a business college in Medford, Oregon.For about six months after finishing his studies he was identified with business affairs in that city, and then returned to the ranch in Quartz valley and he and his father engaged in the stock business, shipping to local markets.Of the estate consisting of fourteen hundred acres of land, seven hundred acres are under cultivation.Mr. Jones owns water rights from the creek and has been very successful as a farmer, raising bountiful crops and maintaining the land in good condition.He keeps Holstein and Durham cattle and buys bulls frequently to keep the herds pure.He is running a large number of cattle and has been very successful in this business.He was formerly engaged in dairy farming, having from fifteen to twenty milk cows, but now leased out that branch of the business.The cream is sold to the Yreka Creamery, which picks up the milk cans at the gate.

††††† In 1899, Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Delma Smith, who was born in Nebraska and is a daughter of John Smith, a veteran of the Civil war, who died in Los Angeles, California.Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the parents of three children, namely:Bernice, the widow of Burton Meamber, who died in 1930; Beatrice, who is in the employ of the American Automobile Association at Yreka; and Marion, who is in school.Politically Mr. Jones is a republican and has always shown a deep interest in public affairs, though not aspiring to office.He has devoted his attention closely to his home interests, is an excellent manager, an industrious worker and a man of splendid personal qualities, and is held in high regard throughout the valley.

 

 

 

Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 190-191. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010Gerald Iaquinta.

 

 

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