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.
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
In 1881 Mr. Jones married Miss Emma Williams,
of Du Quoin, Ill., and has four children, Junia, Jessica, Chester L.,
Mr. Jones is a forceful writer and an
attractive speaker, as well as an able business man.