Biographical Sketch of Dr. Moses Spencer Jones

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Dr. Moses Spencer Jones, the oldest resident physician in Orange County, was born in Clinton County, Illinois, in 1842, a son of Charles Lee and Elizabeth Leek (Spencer) Jones. His father, a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, moved to Christian County, Kentucky, in 1824, and thence in 1830 to Illinois, where he died August 2, 1860.

Dr. Jones was educated at McKendree College, at Lebanon, St. Clair County, Illinois, and completed his education under private instruction in St. Louis. He took a special course under the celebrated Dr. William Niehaus, in ophthalmology and aural surgery, and subsequently a special course at New York City, under the private instructions of Dr. D. B. St. John Roosa. He received his diploma from the St. Louis Medical College in 1869, and began the practice of his profession in partnership with his old preceptor, Dr. Niehaus. Within a year his health failed and he went to Shreveport, Louisiana, and practiced there two years, and then reformed a partnership with Dr. Niehaus at St. Louis; but failing health again broke his relation and he came to California, arriving January 26, 1874. He practiced one year in Los Angeles, and in 1875 established himself in Santa Ana. His specialty is the treatment of diseases of the eye and ear.

While in Shreveport, Miss Cordelia J. Reierson, of Kaufman, Texas, came to him for treatment for blindness, and was cured; and in September, 1876, they were married. They had two lovely children: Essie L. and George R. In October, 1887, she died, and March 3, 1889, the Doctor married her cousin. Venia Avera, of Sherman, Texas.

MLA Source Citation:

The Lewis Publishing Company. An Illustrated History of Southern California embracing the counties of San Diego San Bernardino Los Angeles and Orange and the peninsula of lower California. The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois. 1890. Web. 26 January 2015. - Last updated on Aug 18th, 2012

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