Pueblo County, Colorado
DAVID WILLIAM JONES
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.
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