SAMUEL JONES, of Belle Vernon, a dealer in lumber and building material of all kinds, also a contractor and builder, conducting his operations at Monessen and Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, was born on a farm in Rostraver township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, June 15, 1857, a son of William and Sarah Jones.
His early education was obtained in the common schools, and this was supplemented by a course in the Duff Business College, and in the Allegheny high school, which he attended several terms. After completing his studies he associated himself with his father in the lumber business at Belle Vernon, beginning in 1885 and continuing until i8g1, when he opened yards at Charleroi. Pennsylvania, conducting business there for three years. After disposing of the same he devoted his attention to the business at Belle Vernon, known as the Belle Vernon Planing Mill Company, up to 1897. when the town of Monessen was started. He purchased the first lots that were sold in that town, and from its very inception has been active in all the building operations therein. He established the first lumber yards in Monessen, 1897, and has continued to conduct the same ever since, it being known as the Monessen Lumber Company. He has been engaged in the contracting and building business for the last two decades, end has done as much if not more than any one other man in the building up of the town of Monessen. In 1901, in company with his brother, J. S. Jones, of Belle Vernon, he opened up McMahon, a second addition to Monessen. comprising twenty acres, which they platted and sold, and which proved a most lucrative investment. He was associated with three other men in the organization of and platting of the Brent Land Company's plat, an addition to Monessen, comprising forty acres. This company, which was organized in 1905, is composed of the following members: Samuel Jones. president; George Nash, J. S. Jones and C. F. Eggers. He is also interested in the Perry Manufacturing Company of Perryopolis, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, which was organized in 1905 for the purpose of manufacturing plastering, and brick making materials, also shippers of a fine grade of silica clay. The esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens is evidenced by the fact that he was chosen to serve on the directorate of the Monessen Savings & Trust Company, of which he was one of the organizers. He is a stockholder in the Valley Deposit & Trust Company of Belle Vernon. In all his business relations he is integrity personified, and is a member of that class whose honor, enterprise and social qualities give character to a community.
Mr. Jones was married February 25, 1886, to Annie C. Murphy, daughter of Joshua and Mary Murphy, the former of whom is deceased and the latter a resident of Belle Vernon, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. They reside at the corner of Vine and Broad avenue, North Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
Source: Page(s) 230, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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