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THE PROTECTION POST, 2 December 1920
Obituary of JOHN MILTON JONES
PIONEER DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS

Friday morning, November 26th, in the early hours of the day, Milt Jones who had been ill for a long time died at his home in the east side of town.

Mr. Jones had been bedfast for the past several months as he had suffered an attack of paralysis about a year ago and recurrence of the attack some months ago had confined him to his bed. He had been a constant sufferer for the past few weeks to which medical aid could bring no relief.

Mr. Jones was a pioneer of Comanche county and at the time of his death owned a fine farm north of Protection. Some two or three years ago he had been forced to retire by failing health from the active management of his farm and had established his home in Protection to await the coming of the night of life which he knew at that time to be soon inevitable.

John Milton Jones was born at St. Louis, Mo., November 2, 1847, and died at his home in Protection, Kansas, at seven o'clock a.m. Friday, November 26, 1920, being at the time of his death, 72 years, 11 months and 29 days of age.

Mr. Jones spent his early life in Missouri, largely in the neighborhood of Springfield until in the year of 1884 when in company with a life long friend, Albert Thornhill, of this city he came over land to Kansas
and settled in Comanche county. He home steaded a claim one mile north of this city which land he still owns. On this claim the family made their home for many years, residing as did all the settlers of the time in a sod house and experiencing all the hardships incident to pioneer life on the western plains in those early days when men and women of strong hearts and iron determination trekked in this great west to settle and home stead it and in this great immigration, Mr. Jones was among those in the van that came to western Kansas. Associated with Albert Thornhill, Mr. Jones freighted for many years from Kinsley, Kansas, into this section of the state. This was before the days of the
railroad and winter or summer, through the snows of those early, rigid, western prairie winters, braving the terrific blizzards that made the life of a freighter in the winter one fraught with mighty dangers or through the shimmering heats of summer when the glare of the sun on the scorching prairies and the molten river sands sapped the strength and tried the courage of men. Mr. Jones was found at his task, ever faithful in fulfilling his freighting contracts regardless of the weather or the
elements.

On May 6, 1892, at Dallas, Missouri, he had been married to Miss Hadessa McKinney and the day following the marriage Mr. Jones and his bride came
west and together the good wife who is left to mourn the loss of her husband has journeyed at his side and suffered with him the rigors of the days through which they toiled and struggled.

To this union were born two children. The elder of whom, Edward Clay, died in infancy and preceded his father into the great Beyond, and Ellis Don, who survives to mourn the loss of his father and who resides on the family homestead north of Protection.

Besides the wife and son who reside in Protection the deceased is survived by four brothers and one sister, all living in Missouri. He was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Card of Thanks
We desire to express our lasting gratitude and our great appreciation of the many kindnesses and the help extended by friends and neighbors during the extended illness of our beloved husband and father and for the floral offerings. May God reward you for your kindly actions and your beneficence is our prayer.
Mrs. Milton Jones, Ellis Jones
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier


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