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Date: 2/24/2005 at 13:38:45

Biography reproduced from page 279 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

John B. Jones was born in Kenosha Co., Wis., Dec. 16, 1845. In 1864 he enlisted in company E, 39th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving under Capt. Graham. Mr. Jones did post duty in Tennessee. After coming home from the war he followed farming for one and a half years. In 1866 he went into a land and abstract office. He studied law under S. J. Brande. He remained in the office until 1868, and in the spring of 1869 he came to Kossuth Co., Iowa. He again commenced reading law. In 1869 he was appointed county surveyor, and in 1871 was elected surveyor. He was admitted to the bar in 1870, and began practicing in Algona. He does a very large land and abstract business; also a large insurance business. Mr. Jones wrote the first set of abstract books ever written in the county. He was married in July, 1876, to Theresa E. Burlingame, a daughter of A. Burlingame, of Algona. The result of this union was a pair of twins—John Paul and Jennie Pauline, born in December, 1877. Mr. Jones owns one of the largest and best farms in the county. It consists of 440 acres, situated on sections 16 and 17, township 95, range 29, with his house on the northeast quarter of section 17. The house contains two stories, and consists of two parts; one of which is 18x26 feet, and the other 16x26 feet in size; granary 16x24 feet, and he has wagon sheds and tool houses, etc. His buildings are considered about the best in the county. Mr. Jones deals quite extensively in fine stock. He has 150 head of cattle, forty-six of which are full blood Durham, and twenty-two head of Clyde and Norman horses. Four Mile creek runs through his farm. He has a windmill, double header, twenty-two foot wheel, which runs his corn-sheller, feed-cutter, etc. He has a farm one mile south of the home farm, which contains 400 acres; also owns three other farms, two in Cresco township and one in Fenton township. Besides these forms he owns considerable land elsewhere. He has a gristmill in Algona, in connection with J. E. Stacy, known as Jones & Stacy’s watermill.


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