Biography of Griffith G. Jones
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Griffith G. Jones, merchant and manufacturer, has been associated with the Mohr-Jones Hardware Company from the age of sixteen years and successive promotions have brought him to official connection with the house. Since 1907 he has been vice president of the company, having charge of the shop work of the factory at Eleventh Street and the St. Paul Railway tracks. He was born in Racine, August 28, 1873, a son of Griffith P. and Ellen (Williams) .Jones, both of whom were natives of Wales. The father arrived in Racine in 1855 and the mother in 1856 and they were married in this city. Mr. -Jones devoted his life to the business of a stationary engineer, but both he and his wife have now passed away.
At the usual age Griffith G. Jones became a public school pupil, pursuing his studies to the age of sixteen years, when he made his initial step in the business world, and his success in the intervening years is attributable in large measure to the fact that he has always continued in the line in which he embarked as a young tradesman, never dissipating his energies over a broad field. He entered the employ of the Mohr-Jones Hardware Company and his fidelity and enterprise won him promotion from time to time until he became vice president of the company, remaining as the second executive of the firm since 1907. His thorough understanding of the business well qualifies him to have charge of the shop work at the factory, where are employed from forty to sixty men, doing all kinds of sheet metal work.
In 1901 Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Williams, of Racine, a daughter of William and Ellen (Long) Williams. They are the parents of a son and daughter, Robert and Doris. Politically Mr. Jones maintains an independent course, considering the capability of the candidate for the office which he seeks rather than his party affiliation. Fraternally he is well known in Masonic circles, belonging to lodge, chapter and commandery, and he also has membership with the Royal Arcanum. He exemplifies in his life the beneficent spirit of the craft and a well spent life has commanded for him the respect, confidence and good will of those with whom he has been brought in contact.