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Transcribed biography of Roscow C. Jones


Roscoe C. Jones, abstractor, of the firm of Norris & Jones, is recognized as one of the foremost citizens of Valparaiso, Ind. He was born in this county April 5, 1862, and has been well and favorably known to the people of the same all his life. His parents, John and Rebecca (Morrison) Jones, were early settlers of Indiana, and especially of Porter County, where the father followed agricultural pursuits until his death. He was accidentally killed July 4, 1863, by a team of horses running away with him when he was on a reaper. He fell in front of the sickle. Five children were born to this union: William P., James E., Elizabeth, Lucetta, and Roscoe C. The last-named, the subject of this sketch, became familiar with the duties of the farm at an early age, and obtained a good education at the public and Normal schools of Valparaiso. Later he supplemented this by a business course, and in 1880 located in Valparaiso, where he turned his hand to anything in which he could make an honest dollar. For about a year he was in the boot and shoe store of C. H. Berry, and then realizing that he could not get too much of a good thing, he again attended school. He was level-headed and ambitious, and saw that education was the open sesame to the storehouse of riches and success. Hence he lost no opportunity of gathering practical knowledge. After leaving school he was for some time deputy recorder under William C. Wells, and then was employed in the hardware business by Haste & Holletts. He then engaged in the abstract business, and has followed this since, doing a good business. Mr. Jones is a self-made man in all that the term implies, for all his accumulations are the result of hard labor on his part. He is a candidate for the nomination of recorder on the Republican ticket, and stands a good chance of filling that position. Mr. Jones' happy domestic life began June 5, 1888, when Miss Delia Sergeant became his wife. Both are worthy members of the M. E. church, and active workers in the same. Mr. Jones' mother, who now resides in Valparaiso, still owns the old homestead, consisting of 80 acres, in Pleasant Township, this county.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 290-291

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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