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Edwin William Jones

Posted 2020-06-26 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)
Sunday, September 17, 1922, Section Two, p. 6

Ed. W. Jones, Mesa Pioneer, Is Dead;
Came here in 1877

MESA, Sept. 16--Ed W. Jones, one of Mesa's oldest pioneer settlers, died Saturday morning at 12:45 at his home two miles and a half east of Mesa on the Roosevelt road, following an illness that has extended over many months. Mr. Jones was confined to his bed for many weeks last spring with intestinal trouble and enlargement of the liver and during the past summer he has been out of the valley in a cooler climate a greater share of the time, in hope that the change might be beneficial to his health. His last relapse came rather suddenly and was unexpected by his many friends and acquaintances.

Mr. Jones came to the Salt River valley in March, 1877, from his native home in Utah and has been in the valley practically all of the time since that date. Eleven families made that pilgrimage to the valley with wagons and teams, and settled in the Mesa district, which was then but a barren waste of desert. Material assistance was given to Mr. Jones in the construction of the Utah canal, one of the first irrigation projects on the south side, and he has always been one of the persistent and hard workers for the development and improvement of this section. Some years were spent in mining on nearby claims, and since then Mr. Jones has resided with his family on the home ranch just east of Mesa on the Roosevelt road.

The deceased is survived by a wife and two children--a son, Byron, who is at home, and Mrs. Leroy H. Stewart, residing just west of Mesa. Dan P. Jones, Mesa representative to the state legislature and pioneer settler here, is also a brother of the deceased, and the last remaining son of 14 boys in the family. There are two younger sisters residing in Utah.

Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the Second Ward chapel, Bishop Clarence Dana in charge. Interment will be made in the Mesa cemetery.

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