"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Jones, David C. a leading merchant of Tomahawk, also conducting a brokerage business in land, lumber and logs, was born on a farm near Monticello, Marquette County, Wis., Jan. 15, 1862, son of John and Jane (PRITCHARD) JONES. The parents were natives of Wales who came to this country as young people and were married in Newark, Ohio. It was about 1853 that they came to Wisconsin, settling on the Marquette County farm, which was their subsequent home. Their family numbered ten children: John, now deceased; Richard, of Monticello, Wis.; Anna, who married E. W. WHITSEN of Tomahawk but is now deceased; Margaret REYNOLDS of Tomahawk; William, of Jim Jalls, Chippewa County, Wis.; Eli, of Luverne, Minn.; David C., of Tomahawk; Robert, of Biard Island, Minn.; Edward, who is living in Monticello, Wis., and Ellen Jane, deceased, who was the wife of Robert LUKE. David C. JONES acquired his elementary education in rural schools and for a year and a half subsequently attended the Monticello High School. He resided on the home farm until he was 19 and then went to Castleton, N. D., where he engaged in a meat business, conducting a shop for twoyears, at the end of which time he sold out and entered the employ of the McCormick Harvester Co. as salesman and collector at Castleton. After two years in that occupation he came to Tomahawk and entered the mercantile business, opening a store on Wisconsin Avenue, where he carries a full line to staple and fancy groceries. Since 1921 he has been engaged in the brokerage business, as already intimated, dealing in land, lumber and logs. A Republican since he first took an interest in politics, Mr. JONES has served his ward several times as alderman and is still in that office. He also served on the county board of supervisors several terms and in 1912 was a delegate to the LaFollette Republican Congressional Convention at Chicago. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic Blue Lodge, the Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America in Tomahawk, and to the Elks lodge in Merrill. He is a stockholder in and a member of the board of directors of the Tomahawk State Bank. Mr. JONES was married July 4, 1898, to Saloma PEPPLER, of Reed City, Michigan, where she was born July 7, 1874, daughter of John and Clara PEPPLER. There were six children born of this untion, namely: Reva, who died; Grace, who is the wife of Harold EITTRIEN of Tomahawk and has two children, Harold and Willis; Richard and Raymond (twins), both of whom died in infancy; Willis, who died at the age of seven years; and David, who is a pupil in the high school. Besides losing four children, Mr. JONES suffered another bereavement in the death of his wife, who passed away Oct. 19, 1919. He affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and helps to support both that church and others, though not a member of any. His surviving children are members of the Congregational Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 504-505; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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