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Title: Oliver S. Jones
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Whether the elements of success in life are innate attributes of the individual or whether they are quickened by a process of circumstantial development, it is impossible to clearly determine. Yet the study of a successful life, whatever the field of endeavor, is none the less interesting and profitable by reason of the existence of this same uncertainty. So much in excess of those of successes are the records of failures or semi-failures, that one is constrained to attempt an analysis in either case and to determine the measure of causation in an approximate way. But in studying the life history of Oliver S. Jones, a well-known attorney at Covington, there are found many qualities in his makeup that always gain definite success in any career if properly directed, as his has evidently been done, which has resulted in well-earned success.

Oliver S. Jones was born in Warren county, Indiana, on October 24, 1862, and is the son of Robinson C. and Emily (Shelby) Jones. Robinson Jones was a native of Amelia county, Virginia, and in 1830 came to Fountain county, Indiana, settling in Covington with his mother, who was then a widow. The paternal grandparents were Richard Cannon Jones and Sarah R. Jones. The former died in eastern Indiana in an early day, and his widow was murdered by an insame man in Covington in 1867. The subject's maternal grandfather, Joseph Shelby, came to Fountain county in 1828 from Circleville, Ohio, and settled in Troy township, where he entered land from the government. He was a surveyor for the government and also followed farming. During General Harrison's historic campaign against the Indians, Mr. Shelby enlisted and served as quartermaster for three years. He was the father of six children, namely: Rachel, Mary, Oliver, Rezin, Indiana and Emily, the latter being the mother of the subject. On his way to Fountain county Grandfather Shelby stopped at Terre Haute and helped to build many of the first houses there. Robinson C. Jones was a printer by trade and, with his two brothers, William and John, established the newspaper known as The People's Friend, now the Covington Friend. He followed his trade for fifteen years, also serving over a year in the war with Mexico, and then engaged in farming, in which pursuit he was engaged until his death, which occurred in 1897, at the age of seventy-five years. His widow survived him several years, dying on July 21, 1912, at the age of eighty-three years. They were the parents of three children, namely: Sarah Belle, who died in 1902, was the wife of Augustus Cronkhite; Oscar N., who died in 1890, and Oliver S., the subject of this sketch.

Oliver S. Jones received his elementary education in the public schools of Warren county, and then attended what was known as the Indiana Normal School at Covington. During the following five years he engaged in teaching school, during which period he gave earnest attention to the study of the law. At the end of the period mentioned, he entered upon the active practice of law at Covington. In August, 1898, he accepted a position as special agent for the 'Frisco railroad line, with headquarters at Terre Haute, Indiana. In 1910 Mr. Jones returned to Covington and resumed the active practice of his profession, in which he is still engaged. His abilities have been recognized and today he is commanding his full share of the legal practice at the local courts. He is well grounded in legal principles, and is an indefatigable student, keeping in touch with the latest decisions in the courts. Of attractive personality and recognized worth, Mr. Jones easily wins friends and stands high throughout the community. In 1903 Mr. Jones was elected mayor of Covington, serving from 1904 to 1906, to the entire satisfaction of his fellow citizens. In 1912 he was appointed by Judge Schoonover as a member of the board of children's guardians.

On June 19, 1883, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Carrie Madarea, the daughter of James and Harriett (Hall) Madarea, natives of Warren county, this state, the father having successfully followed farming until his death. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been born four children, namely: Maude, the wife of Clayton Blythe, of Vermilion county; Myrle is the wife of Asa Kauffman, of Terre Haute, Indiana; Carlos L., who married Belle Pruitt and lives at Terre Haute; Gilbert, at home.

Mr. Jones has been successful in business affairs, aside from his profession and is the owner of the old homestead farm in Warren county, consisting of one hundred and fourteen acres, which has been continuously in the possession of the family since it was entered from the government, under President Jackson's administration. Fraternally, Mr. Jones is a member of the Improved Order of Red Men, holding membership in Lodge No. 188, at Covington. His religious membership is in the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Jones gives his endorsement to all moral, educational, social or material interests which he believes will benefit the community, and as a man of sterling worth he justly merits the high regard in which he is held.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001174
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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