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Lyman, W. D., History of the Yakima Valley Washington Comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago and New York, 1919, pp 790-793.

John Boone Jones

       "John Boone Jones, who still occupies his farm near Ellensburg, although he is leaving its cultivation to a tenant, was born in Bourbon county, Kentucky, on the 23d of June, 1833.  His parents died during his childhood days and he was reared in Arkansas.   He crossed the plains to California in 1850, attracted by the early discovery  of gold in that state,  and was identified with mining there for some time.    In 1877,   he came to Kittitas valley and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land five  miles from Ellensburg.  With characteristic energy he began the improvement and  development of the place, upon which he erected a nice house and has made other substantial improvements.  He brought a large amount of stock and also farm machinery with him and for many years he engaged successfully in stock raising.  From time to time, as his financial resources increased,  he purchased more land and now  has three hundred and sixty acres, constituting a valuable property.  He bought forty acres of land from the railroad company and also took a timber culture of one hundred and sixty acres.  For many years he carefully conducted his farm and annually derived therefrom a substantial income, owing to the care and labor which he bestowed upon his fields.  At length, however, he rented his land, although he still continues to make his home thereon.

       On the 1st of July, 1863,  Mr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Martha Brown, a daughter of Dyer Brown, a native of Canada, who crossed the plains to California in the 50's.  To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born eight children: Belle,  who is the wife of Benjamin Hanson, of North Puyallup, Washington;  Mary,  the    wife of Albert Kobell and a resident of Oregon; John, who lives at Ramona, California; Mattie, who is the widow of Jefferson Parker; Nettie, who gave her hand in marriage to Henry Washborn, of Ellensburg; Walter, who is a member of the United States army, belonging to a company of artillery; and Narcissus, the wife of J. H. Needham of Ellensburg; Alfreda, deceased.

         Mr. Jones is identified with the Grange and has always given his political allegiance to the democratic party.   As a pioneer ranchman of Kittitas county he is   widely and favorably known and has many friends who speak of him in terms of the highest regard."


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