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Brainerd Jones

That congenial work means success is exemplified in the life accomplishments of Brainerd Jones, a well-known and highly respected certificated architect of Petaluma, with well equipped offices at No. 110 Washington street. He was born in Chicago, Ill., March 25, 1869, his father being Cyrus R. Jones, a prominent Chicago attorney, and his mother, before marriage, Helen L. Brainerd, of De Ruyter, N. Y. At an early age, shortly after the death of his father, he accompanied his mother to California, locating at Petaluma, where his school days were spent, and his education obtained.

Deciding to follow architecture as a life work his technical studies were pursued in San Francisco, Cal., where as draftsman in the offices of some of the most prominent architects of that city he obtained the further experience and knowledge of the details of the profession necessary for the practice of architecture. Attracted by the business, progress, and evident future development of the North of Bay counties, he returned in 1898 to Petaluma, where his home town and the neighboring cities offered excellent opportunity for a practical young architect, and his selection of a locality for the exercise of his ability has proven a wise one.

During the twelve years of his practice here Mr. Jones has designed and supervised the erection of many of the finest structures in this and other cities, among which are, Carnegie library buildings, school buildings, banks, churches, fraternal halls, business blocks, summer resorts, residences, and the various other works that occur in the field of architecture. The character of his work demonstrates his ability in design and in practical building construction.

In 1900 Mr. Jones married Jeannette S. Gibson, a native of California, and a daughter of C. S. Gibson, one of the pioneer settlers of Petaluma. Fraternally Brainerd Jones is a member of the Order of Elks, being identified with Petaluma Lodge No. 901, B. P. O. E.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011