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Lawrence Monroe Jones

Lawrence Monroe Jones, president and treasurer of the Jones Bros. Dry Goods Co., was born in Franklin County, Illinois, December 28, 1856.  His early education was received in the public schools, but he earned money enough to take himself through Hamilton College.  After graduating he taught school for six years, but his bent was commercial rather than pedagogic.

   In 1879, in the hamlet of Parrish, Ill., he started a general store in company with his brother, Logan and another partner.  After the first year they bought out the third man, and the second year did a business of $30,000.  Spreading their wings, the Jones brothers removed to the county seat, Benton, and then the family journeyed to Kansas.  In a general store in Winchester, then in Stratford, and then in Kansas City, Kas., was their record, in each place adding to their capital and extending their operations.

   After five years in the latter place, the firm of Jones Bros. moved to Kansas City, Mo., and from that time until now has been a time of progress and improvement.

     In 1881 Mr. Jones married Miss Emma Williams, of Du Quoin, Ill., and has four children, Junia, Jessica, Chester L., and Abbie.

     Mr. Jones is a forceful writer and an attractive speaker, as well as an able business man.
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