Isaiah H. Jones was born in Hardin county, Ohio, July 27, 1837. His parents were Jonathan and Eleanor (Pugh) Jones. His father was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser, and a native of Maryland. His mother was born in Virginia. Our subject was reared and educated in his native county, and began his business career as a clerk in a dry goods store at Mt. Victory, Ohio. After two years in that business he went to Rule, Nebraska, where he remained during eight months. From there he went to Grundy county, Missouri, where he engaged in school teaching for a time, and in the Spring of 1859 started with the tide of immigration to Colorado, returned to this county, and the following spring went to Colorado and engaged in mining for about two years. He returned again to Missouri in 1861 and entered the freighting business between St. Joseph, Omaha and Denver; continued that occupation for three years, and then went to Salt Lake City and from there to Montana, where he again engaged in mining from 1863 to 1868.
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Mr. Jones established his present ” Great Western Flouring Mill” at Jamesport in 1872, and has since enlarged and improved his mill and machinery several tines to keep pace with his constantly increasing business. He has one of the best equipped and conducted mills in North Missouri, and turns out only the best brands of manufactured goods.
Mr. Jones was married at Jamesport, July 27, 1869, to Miss Amelia C. Jenkins, daughter of Electius C. Jenkins, of Ohio. They have two children, Adria A. and William Isadore.
Mr. Jones is a member of the order of A. O. U. W., and fills the office of N. G. in Jamesport Lodge No. 339, I. O. O. F.
Politically, he is a Democrat, and has held different offices of trust in the township. He is an enterprising business man, and thoroughly qualified and experienced in the branch of industry in which he is now engaged.