Minnie M. Marsh (Mrs. Charles H.
M. Marsh (1869–1953) was the daughter of Julian P. Marsh (1833–1898)
and his wife Maria
They had five children. In
addition to Minnie, these were Ida E. Marsh Stratton (1861–1943),
Marsh (1865–?), Anna Zona Marsh Cobb (1878–1873), and Edith Estella
in New York, J. P. Marsh came to Denison
around 1885 after prospecting for gold in California. He manufactured
boots and shoes at 314 West Main Street from his arrival until his
death in 1898. Starting in 1891 and at least through 1900, son Walter
this family business.
The Sunday Gazetteer
Sunday, April 11, 1897
Of the Shoe Trade at J.P. Marsh's Establishment
papers have been publishing about spring openings, but J.P. Marsh at
his shoe house surpasses them all. Box after box of new shoes
have been opened the past week. It is the largest, the best, the
cheapest up to date stock of shoes that was ever offered to the trade
of Denison. Money has been no consideration. Marsh was
after the best; and he has them at his house. Call and look at
the new styles. The best shoes on top of earth. Ladies are
especially invited to call.
(Ft. Worth, Texas)
June 18, 1886
M. Marsh became a noted teacher, school principal,
lecturer, and clubwoman in Texas at the end of the nineteenth century. She
graduated from the
Educational Institute (first DHS); by 1889 she was teaching
there and by 1894
was serving as principal of the Institute. In the 1894 summer session
Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she studied
sisters Edith and Zona graduated from the Educational
Institute in 1897 and became music teachers. In
Zona was listed in the City Directory as proprietor of the family shoe
at 204 West Main Street.
Sunday, April 11, 1897
Wednesday, April 7, 1897
is reported that Miss Minnie Marsh will enter the lecture field.
Miss Marsh is one of the most beautiful women in Texas, and
personal charms in connection with a high order of talent, would
establish her reputation at once on the forum.
Sunday, April 11, 1897
Miss Minnie Marsh delivered at the XXI club building her lecture on Tolstoi's Religion Thursday night. The Gazetteer
that it had no representative present. The literary effort of
Miss Marsh received the ancomlum from those that heard it, and a
brilliant future is predicted for the fair lecturer.
was admired as a charming, brilliant, and attractive
public speaker. The Denison Sunday
Gazetteer of April 17, 1898, described her gifts as a
Minnie Marsh, of this city, will deliver a
lecture in Sherman on the 22d inst, on Tolstoi. Speaking of the lecture
the gifted young lady delivered recently in Dallas, the [Dallas] News said, "It was one of the most
eloquent and polished orations, not as compared with amateur efforts,
those of distinguished orators. This young woman has only to make known
spell of her beautifully modeled voice, her graceful pose and gesture,
soulful face and the liquid flash of her unaffected eloquence to charm
multitudes wherever English is spoken."
1897-98, Marsh was Federation Secretary of
XXI Club. An undated poster suggests that she was running for
office (perhaps in a national Federation of Women's Clubs) and was
"endorsed by the Texas Federation [of] Women's Clubs."
to the Dallas News, April 30, 1900,
presented an address to the Dallas Federation of Women's Clubs:
address by Miss
Minnie Marsh, president of the Denison XXI Club, created a most
impression of the dignity and character of woman's work from the
Marsh's subject, 'Song Writers of the South,' was a happy selection,
awakened so much interest among the patriotic students of Southern
that the seating capacity of the Harmony Club could not accommodate the
audience that came to hear her."
the turn of the century, Minnie was instructor in English and
Literature at the North Texas State Normal School. Her
announced in the summer of 1902. That July she married and
Denison to live.
Denison, the marriage of
Minnie Marsh and Charles H. Jones (1863–1924) was celebrated as the
of the year (July 26, 1902). Born in Missouri the son of Martha Ann Younger (1835 -
1918) and Lycurgus A Jones (1826 - 1897), Charles arrived in Denison in
brothers, established a furniture store that did business over North
This view, taken from the 1914 Denison High School,
looks east on the alley between Woodard Street (at left) and Main
The picture shows a large sign, at right, advertising Charles H.
Jones's housewares and furniture store in the 500 block of W Main.
seems to have given up
her career teaching and lecturing when she married. In 1904, she and
had a daughter, Janis. The girl attended Kidd-Key College in Sherman.
of the Jones household was a girl named Alice Jones, born in
Pennsylvania, who was
listed in the 1920 Census as a teacher in a private home. As early as
widowed sister Ida Marsh Stratton lived with the family, too. Minnie
M. Marsh Jones's
daughter Janis died in 1932. Minnie lived on until July 24, 1953, dying
Denison at age 84. She was buried in Fairview Cemetery next to her
daughter. Her father was also buried there.
Minnie M. Jones Trust was established in 1953 to support and promote
quality programming for underserved. Special consideration is
given to charitable organizations that serve the youth of Denison,
Texas and Grayson County, Texas. The grants are administered by
Bank of America.
in Fairview Cemetery:
JoNES, CHARLES H 1862 - March 14, 1924
H/O MINNIE MARSH JONES
DIED dALLAS, dALLAS cOUNTY, tEXAS
jONES, MINNIE mARSH 1868 - 1953
W/O cHARLES h. jONES
JONES, JANIS 1904 - 1932
d/o Charles H. & Minnie Jones
Jones, Harry A. 1855 - 1926
h/o Francis W. Atkinson Jones
Marsh, J P 1828 - 1898
Elaine Nall Bay
Grayson County TXGenWeb