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Western men who have spent years in the acquisition of expert knowledge concerning heating and lighting plants have stated, with a unanimity of opinion that bears valuable testimony as to its accuracy, that few men possess a more thorough knowledge of the building and operation of gas plants than does Edward S. Jones, now the superintendent of the gas works at Sacramento. Although still a young man, scarcely yet in the prime of manhood's usefulness, he has already risen to prominence in his chosen occupation, and he has enjoyed a long experience that enhances the value of his services to any company. In point of years of identification with Sacramento he is practically a newcomer, but in point of work accomplished for the benefit of the city, few of the older residents of the place can equal his record. His has been a service of practical helpfulness in one of the most important departments of public utilities.

Mr. Jones belongs to an old eastern family and was born in Boston, Mass., in April, 1886, but at the age of four years he was brought to California by his parents, E. C. and Mary (Stratton) Jones, who settled in San Francisco. As a boy he was characterized by retentiveness of memory and mental acumen. His studies were learned with ease, and he advanced so rapidly in school that during the spring of 1900 he was graduated with a high standing. Immediately afterward he entered the California School of Mechanical Arts at San Francisco, where he studied with enthusiasm and unceasing devotion until, at the completion of the regular course, in 1905, he received a diploma from the institution. Immediately afterward he became a surveyor in the construction department of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and besides filling that position he also acted as timekeeper. During 1906 the company transferred him to their branch at Martin's Station, San Francisco, where he served with remarkable efficiency as assistant superintendent. From 1907 until 1910 he served as foreman of the street mains of San Francisco, but during July of the latter year he was promoted and transferred to his present place at Sacramento. In September following his transfer to Sacramento he was married in Los Angeles to Miss Alene Brooks of that city. While not displaying any partisanship in political matters, he has decided preferences along these lines, and is in hearty sympathy with Republican principles. Fraternally he holds membership with the Improved Order of Red Men. 

History of Sacramento 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: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011