The following article is a transcription from a photocopied document of unknown origin. My copy was obtained from D.L. Bond of Raleigh, NC, great-grandson of the article’s subject, Lewis Evan Jones Jr. of Cedar County, Nebraska. There is no author noted and this is one of several similar documents contained in the unpublished collection of papers associated with Lewis Evan Jones Jr. and his family. I have faithfully transcribed from the original photocopy in my possession. A number of sources are quoted in this article and they should be consulted for verification of Primary or Secondary Source material. I consider this source useful, but not a referencable source.
Note #1: The Hartington Herald (referenced in the article below) was published in Hartington, Cedar County Nebraska, from 1883 to 1944. While many issues of this publication have been retained on either microform or microfilm by the Nebraska State Historical Society Library, Lincoln, NE, the 1926 editions appeared to have been lost.
– C.H. Jones
Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.
December 10, 2014
“Lewis E. Jones Family
Lewis E. Jones (Jr.) was born February 21, 1825 at Carnarvon, Wales. He died at his home, Arc Lodge, October 21, 1910. Of him it can be said that his accomplishments were many.
“The following is quoted from the Hartington Herald of June 10, 1926, from an article by Attorney Frank O’Gara. Quote, ‘Of all the pioneers of Cedar County, Lewis E. Jones stands out in bold relief… Upon his arrival in 1858, he became the foremost character in the new settlement. His first efforts were to supply the incoming settlers with the means of acquiring shelter (obtaining homes). He erected the first sawmill in Northeastern Nebraska near the new village of St. Helena, and for many years supplied the settlers with building material from lumber sawed from the cottonwoods and oaks that grew on the Missouri river bottom. In connection with this mill he had a small mill for grinding corn, out of which to make corn flour, thus making it possible for the early pioneer women to supply the table with bread made out of the nutritious maize, a staple article of diet in the pioneer days of this country.
“Mr. Jones in taking an active part in the material things necessary to the well being of the development of the new country did not neglect the social and educational phases of life. While living in Missouri he had been the editor and proprietor of the Methodist Christian Advocate (South). On coming to this county he brought his printing outfit with him, and to Lewis E. Jones should be given due honor and credit of erecting and establishing the first printing press in the county. The St. Helena Gazette being the first periodical published in this territory. Mr. Jones was also one of the first county commissioners, and for many years gave the county benefit of his great business ability.
“The following should also be noted: At a convention at the courthouse in the town of St. Helena, May 20, 1875, he was made the county historian. The next year, 1876, his History of Cedar County was read at the July 4th celebrations. Through the years he also wrote several of the Old Settlers Picnic addresses stressing the development of Cedar County. He was a member of the Nebraska Territorial Legislature (1866 – 67), the year that Nebraska received her statehood.
“The interests and achievements of Mr. Jones were many and varied. Another quote from the Hartington Herald, ‘And all these enterprises were started when other men shrank from investing their talents and money in the heart of Indian country, as it was at that time.’
“The pioneer, Lewis E. Jones and wife, were parents of nine children. One child died in infancy in St. Louis. The remaining eight grew to adulthood in Cedar County.”