The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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the winter.  At the age of seventeen he entered Asbury university, now known as DePaw university, at Green Castle, Indiana, from whence he graduated in June, 1871.  In the fall following he was elected superintendent of the public schools at Williamsport, Indiana, which position he held two years with increased salary the second year.  On September 27, 1871, he was married to Lucy Reed, daughter of Hon. A. F. Reed, at Monticello, Indiana.  His married life has been a most happy one, and furnishes evidence conclusive that marriage can be a success.  In the summer of 1873 Mr. Jones moved to Monticello, Indiana, and entered the law office of his father-in-law as a student.  In October, 1874, he was elected prosecuting attorney of the Twenty-third judicial circuit, composed of White and Tippicanoe (sic) counties.  The legislature which convened in January following, placed White county in another circuit and left the Twenty-third circuit, as prosecutor of which Mr. Jones held his commission composed of Tippicanoe (sic) county alone.  It was held that Mr. Jones to hold his position must live within the bonds of his circuit, so be moved to LaFayette, where be jones_cd.JPG (31741 bytes) resided until December, 1880, when he came to Norton, Kansas, where he has since resided.  When Mr. Jones left LaFayette, he was a member of the republican county, township and city central committee.  For years in succession he had been honored with delegate to county and city conventions.  Since his residence in Norton he has applied himself to the practice of the law.  Mr. Jones belongs to an old Methodist stock.  His great grandfather, John Sproson, was a member and trustee of the first Methodist church in America, the "Old John Street church," New York city.  During his residence in Norton he has served seven years as a trustee of the Norton Methodist church and four years as superintendent of the Sunday school.  In March, 1888, he was honored with an election by the Northwest Kansas conference of the church, then meeting at Salina, as one of two lay delegates to the general conference, which met in the following May in New York city.  He served as chairman of the delegation from this county in the republican state convention at Hutchinson in 1892, also in the judicial convention at Oberlin in 1893.  At present he is a member of the republican congressional and judicial central committees of the district in which Norton county is located.  Mr. Jones has been given prominence in the order of Sons of Veterans.  In 1889 at the state encampment at Emporia be was elected lieutenant colonel of the Kansas division, also delegate to the national convention at Patterson, New Jersey, where he was elected a member of the council in chief.  In 1890 at Salina he was elected colonel and was re-elected in 1891 at Hutchinson.  Under his administrations

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