HERBERT A. JONES,. There is a well known aphorism that blood will tell. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a worthy representative of a family that for years has been distinguished by virtue of the intellectual superiority, mental vigor and business capacity and push of its members. He is a son of the Hon. David and Cindrella (Keller) Gore of Carlinville, the former of whom is a man noted for his broad intellectuality, and the prominent position he has successfully filled in public life. a substantial and enterprising business man of Staunton, now engaged in general merchandising in the Quade department of the Union Block, began business here in 1881, when, as a member of the firm of Gaby & Jones, he opened a general store. This partnership continued for three years and then a change occurred, the firm becoming Jones, Newman & Co., under which style operations were continued for a year, when Mr. Jones became sole proprietor. He now has a fine store, with entrances on two of the principal streets of Staunton. The Main Street entrance ushers one into a room 65x28 feet and from this is another department, leading into a second room 28x24 feet. Mr. Jones carries a full line of general merchandise and by his earnest desire to please his customers, his genial manner and fair dealing, he has worked up an excellent trade and the liberal patronage which he has secured nets him a good income.
On the 16th of October, 1840, in Henry County, Iowa, Mr. Jones was born unto Herbert and Elizabeth (Farris) Jones. His father, a native of Wales, emigrated to this country and located in New Hampshire, where he met and married Miss Farris, a native of the Granite State. On coming West in an early day, they settled on a farm in Henry County, Iowa, where all of their children were born, and there the parents died in middle life.
The boyhood days of our subject were spent under the parental roof and when a young man he came to Illinois. In 1855 he secured a position in a dry-goods house in St. Louis, Mo., where he remained until 1861, when he came to Illinois. Two years later he obtained a clerkship in the Levi dry-goods store and clothing house, of Litchfield, where he resided for twenty years, during all that time being in the employ of the one firm. It was during his residence in Litchfield that he met and married Miss Mattie Brooks, a native of Illinois, born near Nauvoo, Hancock County, in September, 1856. When a child she removed with her parents to Duquoin County, where here father died in the prime of life. Mrs. Brooks, her mother, afterward removed to Litchfield, and her death occurred in Edwardsville, at the age of seventy years. The marriage of our subject and his wife was celebrated in 1867, and unto them has been born a daughter, Maude, an accomplished young lady, who has a host of friends in Staunton.
Mr. Jones has led a busy and useful life, yet aside from his business interests he has found time to devote to public affairs. He is a progressive and public-spirited citizen, who manifests a deep interest in all that pertains to the welfare of the county and its advancement. In his social relations he is a Mason, belonging to Staunton Lodge, No. 177, A.F. & A.M., of which he is Treasurer; he also holds membership with Camp NO. 572, M.W.A. and of the Knights and Ladies of Honor. In business and social circles he is alike favorably known and though his residence in Staunton, covers a period of only ten years, he takes rank among her leading citizens.