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 Ernest Orland “Charlie” Jones

Ernest Orland “Charlie” Jones

Fulton, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Death 18 Aug 1923 (aged 47)
Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Burial Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA
Plot section 33 Lot 45 NE1/2 1&2
Memorial ID 104530273 · View Source
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Ernest Orland Jones was the seventh child and one of ten children born to Thomas Jones III (1830-1898) and Mary Stockham (1841-1885) in Kansas. The father of Ernest, Thomas Jones III, was the son of Thomas Jones Jr. (born 1803) and Levina Lash (1808-1899) who resided in the areas of Campbell County, Kentucky and Van Buren County Iowa. Mary Stockham, the mother of Ernest Jones, was the daughter of John Stockham (1811-1866) and Mary Crawford (1812-1888). The Stockham family also resided in Campbell County, Kentucky and Van Buren County, Iowa before moving to Linn and Bourbon counties of Kansas.

By 1898, Ernest and his two brothers Cyril and Alfred, left Kansas for Texas. Ernest resided in Dallas, and his two brothers were in Galveston. Two sisters, Jennie and Carrie, eventually moved from Kansas to Texas after parents Thomas and Mary died.

Ernest Orland Jones became a member of the Dallas Fire Department on June 1, 1900, and worked his way through the various grades eventually being named as assistant chief. He was in charge of the Oak Cliff district and was called "Charlie".

Around 1905, Ernest married Emma Leona Ryman and made their residence on 10th Street in Dallas. For the World War I draft registration of 1918, Ernest described himself as tall and stout, with gray eyes and brown hair.

Ernest died as a result of injuries received on June 30, 1923, while fighting a fire which destroyed the plant of the Texas Wheels & Body Co.

Grave location: Lat: 32.76391, Lon: -96.758656

Dallas Morning News, 2 July 1923-
Assistant Fire Chief Charles O. Jones and Fireman R. H. Stepp, who were reported in a critical condition Saturday night from injuries sustained by falling brick, were much improved Sunday, physicians said. Chief Jones sustained a broken hip, injuries to his back and numerous severe bruises and abrasions. Fireman Stepp sustained fractures of his left arm and leg, and severe bruises. Both men are at the St. Paul Sanitarium. Al Brantley, who also was moved to the St. Paul Sanitarium, returned to his home Sunday. He suffered severe lacerations and bruises.

Dallas Morning News, 3 July 1923-
Assistant Fire Chief Charles O. Jones and Fireman R. H. Stepp, who were seriously injured by falling brick Saturday evening, were much improved Monday, reports from St. Paul Sanitarium say, where they are receiving treatment. Both men incurred broken bones and severe bruises. It is expected they will be confined at the sanitarium for some time.


article on Ernest Jones found on the Dallas Fire and Rescue site:

E. O. Jones August 18, 1923
Accident: June 30, 1923
Death: August 18, 1923

Injuries received on June 30, while fighting a fire which destroyed the plant of the Texas Wheels & Body Co., claimed E. O. (Charlie) Jones, first assistant fire chief of the Oak Cliff district. Jones died at St. Paul's Sanitarium at 7:45 o'clock Saturday night. The death of Chief Jones is the second fatality as a result of the fire. Capt. Bert Burris was the other fireman killed. He was caught under a large section of the falling walls and was so badly crushed that he died shortly after being dug from beneath the debris by his comrades.

Chief Jones was almost completely buried under tons of hot brick and was crushed about the body and hips. Several ribs were also broken and his injuries were of such nature that they would have caused the death of most men in a very short time. Jones was a man of powerful physique and strong constitution, however, and mad a valiant fight for life. For several weeks, it appeared as though he would win in the battle with the grim reaper. Ten days ago his condition took a turn for the worse, and despite the efforts of several doctors, death ended his suffering Saturday evening.

Veteran Fire Fighter-
Chief Jones was one of the veteran members of the Dallas Fire Department. He became a member of the department on June 1, 1900, and worked his way through the various grades until several years ago he was named as one of the assistant chiefs and put in charge of the Oak Cliff district.

He was off duty on the afternoon of the fatal fire and was visiting friends at the Central station when the alarm came in for the fire at the wheel and body plant. Obeying the call of duty when the general alarm sounded, Chief Jones hurried to the scene of the fire. He took charge of a detail of lineman and had helped fight the fire for more than half an hour when the accident occurred that finally ended in his death.

Walls Fall Out-
Jones with several other firemen were handling a hose line in between the burning building and the frame structure on the west. They were in a narrow alleyway about twelve feet wide. Without any preliminary warning, the Commerce street front of the building crumpled and fell inward. The west wall was pushed out as though it was made of paper and tons of brick were precipitated into the narrow space where the firemen were working. Captain Burris was caught in a rear room of the frame structure, where he was fatally crushed. Jones, Alley Brantley, and Robert Stepp were unable to get out of the narrow passage before the wall fell. Brantley escaped with a minor scalp wound, but Jones and Stepp were caught in the midst of falling bricks and both were almost entirely covered by them.

Jones and Stepp were quickly dug out by willing hands. Stepp appeared at first to have been the most seriously injured and both he and Hones were hurried to the sanitarium. For several weeks it was thought that Chief Jones would recover and very optimistic reports were given out about his condition. Complications developed, however, and ten days ago physicians attending him became worried about his condition.

Stepp is still in the sanitarium but will soon be able to leave, although he suffered a broken leg, broken arm, and other injuries.

Members of Masons-
Chief Jones was members of the Dallas Masonic bodies and of Hella Temple patrol. He was well known, especially in Dallas sporting circles as he was quite a wrestler and in connection with his duties as a member of the fire department, he also conducted a private gymnasium where many a boxer and wrestler who appeared in Dallas in other days did their training. Chief Jones, himself was a wrestler of considerable ability and was an advocate of strict physical training to keep the members of the fire department in fine condition for fighting fires.

Death Greatly Regretted-
The death of Chief Jones called forth many expressions of regret from among members of the fire department and from people in all walks of life in Dallas, as he was one of the best liked men of the department. He had resided in Dallas for many years and numbered his friends by the thousands.

"Words are inadequate to express the sorrow I feel over the death of Chief Jones. Dallas has lost a noble son and the fire department an efficient fire fighter." Chief Thomas A. Myers said Saturday night.

"To the members of the family I extend my sympathies. No blow that has befallen the department since I have been a member will be felt more than the loss of Chief Jones."

Funeral Services Tuesday-
Chief Jones is survived by his widow, two brothers, A. M, Jones of Dallas, and C. H. Jones of Tulsa, Ok. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Rea of Fort Worth and Mrs. Elm Elgin of Dallas.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Pallbearers will be selected from among members of the fire department.

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E. O. JONES / 1876 - 1923





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