Pueblo County, Colorado

Contributed by Karen Mitchell.

David W. Jones, now at the head of the Jones Coal Company of Pueblo, was born at Craig Cefu Parc, near Swansea, Wales, England, October 14, 1864. He is the sixth in order of birth in a family of nine children, his parents being William and Anna (James) Jones, both now deceased. By occupation his father was an iron refiner. David W. Jones spent his boyhood and youth in his native land and was educated in the common schools of Wales. At the early age of twelve years he began work in the mines of that country and was thus employed until he had attained the age of seventeen. Coming to the new world, he then worked in the mines of Pennsylvania for one year and the following year was similarly employed at Streator, Illinois. It was in 1886 that he removed to Colorado and located at Coalcreek, where he was married three years later to Miss Elizabeth M. Jones, who although hearing the same name was not a relative. They have become the parents of two children: Gwilym D., now mine foreman for the Thompson & Mitchell mine; and Hannah. They also have one grandson, David G. Jones. On leaving Coalcreek Mr. Jones removed to Montana, where he engaged in ranching for a time, and later was employed in a smelter at Butte, that state. On his return to Colorado he settled in Custer county and was a resident of Rockvale for three years. He next made his home in Victor until 1902, being employed as a shift boss at Stratton's Independence Limited, and in that year came to Pueblo, where he again turned his attention to coal mining as superintendent of mines, which occupation he followed in Gunnison, Fremont and Huerfano counties. In 1912 he established the Jones Coal Company, which has since done a profitable and successful business. In religious faith Mr. Jones is a Baptist, and fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. By his ballot he supports the men and measures of the republican party and his fellow citizens, recognizing his worth and ability, have called upon him to serve in public positions. For some time he filled the office of superintendent of the district school board and he has been a delegate to county and state conventions of his party. At the present time he is a candidate for representative from his district to the state legislature and he does all within his power to promote the public welfare. He is a man of good business and executive ability and the success that has come to him is due entirely to his own unaided efforts. History Of Colorado Illustrated Volume III Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

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