Biography of Evan E. Jones

EVAN E. JONES. – The well known member of the agricultural population of Union county whose name is at the head of this article is one of the capable and enterprising men of our county, and he has afine estate of two quarters, one of which is valuable for a fine quarry of stone, while the other is one of the fertile farms of the vicinity of Elgin, and he has labored faithfully in his endeavors to forward the welfare of the county as well as make for himself the abundant success that is his meed to enjoy at the present time.

Evan E. was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 2, 1859, being the son of John E. and Rachel Jones, mention of whom is made in another portion of this work. His early life was spent in acquiring an education and assisting his father. At the age of eighteen he stepped forth on the arena of life’s battles and since has done creditably to himself. In 1887 he came to Union county, taking a pre-emption of one quarter-section adjoining his present place, which is three miles northwest from Elgin. The pre-emption has a fine quarry of red stone which is suitable for building purposes and will doubtless prove of great value. He worked with his father until the death of the latter, then he purchased his present farm from the parental estate and here he is now engaged in producing the fruits of the field and in raising stock for the markets. He is attended with a good success because of his care and industry in business affairs, and he is one of the substantial and prominent farmers and stockmen of this section.

At Elgin, Oregon, in December 1887, Mr. Jones married Miss Eliza, daughter of Ransom and Virginia (Ward) Gent, natives of Virginia. To this happy union there have been born the following children: Ralph E. and John. Mrs. Jones father farmed in Missouri until his death in 1864 and then the sons and the mother came across the plains to this country, and she lives north of Elgin now. Mr. Jones is a member of the K. of P., Orion Lodge, No. 73. He is secure in the esteem and good will of his fellows and his uprightness and integrity are manifest to all.



An Illustrated history of Union and Wallowa Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Western Historical Pub. Co., 1902.

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