Cadwalader Jones well deserves to be classed among the self made men of
Delaware county, for coming here a poor man, he has through his well directed
efforts accumulated a valuable farm property of two hundred and forty acres. He
is of foreign birth, his native country being North Wales, and he was born in
February, 1862. He is the third in order of birth in a family of nine children,
whose parents were William and Eleanor Jones, likewise natives of North Wales,
where they lived and died. Mr. Jones was reared in his native country and was
there employed to the age of twenty two years, when, believing opportunities
awaited him in America, he set sail for this country, making his way at once to
Delaware county, Iowa. He began life here in a humble capacity, working for two
years as a farm laborer for a Mr. Thompson. He eventually returned to his native
land and was there married to Miss Sarah Roberts, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
David Roberts, the former of whom is still living but the latter is deceased.
Following his marriage, Mr. Jones returned with
his bride to Iowa and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in section
3, Delaware township, on which property he has since made his home. He is here
engaged in general farming but makes a specialty of stock raising. He has met
with splendid success in his business ventures and has been able to extend his
acreage through the purchase of eighty acres of land on section 14, Delaware
township, so that his landed possessions now comprise two hundred and forty
acres. All this is finely improved and the fields return to him bounteous
harvests for the labor which he expends upon them.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Jones has been blessed
with three sons and three daughters, as follows: Margaret E., the wife of F. E.
Tracy, a resident of Nashua, Iowa; William D., who is married and resides in
Delaware county; John; Catherine, at home; Mary, who is attending school in
Cedar Falls, Iowa; and Dewey J.
The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church, and Mr. Jones gives his political support to the republican party. He
has never been active in public life, however, the only office he has ever
that of school director for two terms. He is truly a self made man, for when he
came to America thirty years ago he had no means, but through his own ambition
and determination and the aid of a valuable helpmate he has acquired a property
that today places him among the substantial and well to do citizens of Delaware