SAMUEL S. JONES, a highly esteemed business man of Monessen, residing in Belle Vernon, is a son of George W. and Eliza J. (Minehart) Jones, of Bridgeport, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, and a grandson of Samuel Jones, the latter a native of Virginia, who settled in Greene county, this state.
George W. Jones located in early life at Bridgeport, where he followed the business of a distiller, and was a progressive, public-spirited citizen. His death occurred March 24, 1886, at the age of fifty-four years. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Royal Arcanum. Besides his widow, who is still residing in Bridgeport, he is survived by three children, namely: George W., a resident of Bridgeport and a travelling salesman for T. C. Jenkins, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth J., unmarried; and Samuel S., of whom later.
Samuel S. Jones was born in Bridgeport, January 7, 1874. Having concluded his studies .at the age of sixteen years he entered, as an apprentice, a window-glass factory, where he. acquired the art of glass-blowing, and he was engaged in that industry some nine years. He then became a travelling sates-man for the Canfield Oil Company of Cleveland, Ohio, his field of operation embracing western Pennsylvania, southeastern West Virginia and a portion of Ohio, and he travelled in the interest of that concern for about three years. In 1902 he located permanently in Monessen, where he became associated with D. A. Miller under the firm name of the Monessen Paint and Glass Company. Withdrawing from that firm a year later he established himself in business alone as a dealer in ornamental mantels, tile work, fireplace, furniture and fixtures, and other fancy decorative materials. In addition to handling these goods as merchandise he takes contracts for adjusting mantels, etc., the laying of tile floors, walks and other ornamental work throughout western Pennsylvania, being about the only one engaged in that line of business in this section of the state. Mr. Jones is a member of the Masonic Order and the Royal Arcanum. He was married January 22, x896, to Lee Anna Lenhart, daughter of William C. Lenhart, of Fayette City, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have two sons, William S. and George W.
Source: Page(s) 238, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
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