Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
JOHN H. JONES. We are glad to note in this series of biographical articles that so many of the progressive citizens of Greene county have been born and reared here, for this is an indication of at least two things--that they are men of keen discernment, being able to see and appreciate present conditions as they are, and that the county is indeed one of the favored sections of the great commonwealth of Missouri, else these people would have sought opportunities elsewhere. As it is they did not need to heed the call of the wanderlust that is heard at some stage or other in the lives of all young men. One of this number who has been contented to spend his life in his native locality is John H. Jones, the energetic druggist at Fair Grove, Jackson township.
Mr. Jones was born in this county on November 4, 1877. He is a son of James T. and Rachael A. (Norton) Jones. The father was born in Dallas county, Missouri, November 14, 1846, and there he grew to manhood on a farm and attended the rural schools. Remaining in that county until 1870, he removed to Greene county and entered government land which he improved into a good farm and on which he established a comfortable home and here our subject was born. The place first consisted of eighty acres. As the elder Jones prospered through good management, he added to his original holdings until he now has a farm of two hundred and fifty-five acres, which is well improved and productive. He has, however, retired from active life and keeps his land rented, and is residing in Fair Grove, where he moved ten years ago, buying a good home there. He devoted all his active life to general farming and raising live stock and has been very successful in his life work. He was married in 1868 to Rachel A. Norton, who was born in Tennessee, May 14, 1846, and when young in years her parents brought her to Missouri, the family locating in Webster county and there she grew to womanhood on a farm and she attended the country schools. She is a member of the Baptist church. To these parents four children have been, born, namely: William G. lives in Greene county; Messer F. is deceased; John H. of this sketch; and Mrs. Vada Bass, of this county.
John H. Jones was reared on the home farm in his native community and there he assisted with the general work during the summer months, and attended the district schools in the winter. He continued to work on the farm until the fall of 1901. The following year he entered the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he made a good record and from which he was graduated with the class of 1906. Soon thereafter he went into the drug business at Fair Grove, which he has continued with ever increasing success to the present time, having built up an extensive trade. He has a neat store which is stocked with a full line of drugs and drug sundries. He has been very successful in a business way and owns several lots and buildings in Greene county and a forty-acre farm in Dallas county, also a town lot in Oklahoma.
Mr. Jones has remained unmarried. Politically, he is a Democrat. Fraternally, he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmnen of the World.
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