Ralph Jones was born in La Junta, Colorado and moved to Roseville, California with his family as a young man; eventually working there for the Southern Pacific Railway as a clerk in 1909 at the age of 15.
At the age of 18, he moved down to the big city of Sacramento and away from the railroads. There he worked as an assistant shoe clerk from 1912 to 1916, eventually becoming manager.
In 1918, Jones moved to Fresno to become manager of the shoe department, and later owning, for Roos Brothers Clothing. Roos Bros was a well-known men's fine clothing store headquartered in San Francisco (Roos Bros eventually merged with Robert Atkins in 1957 to become Roos-Atkins Clothiers, and was bought out by Genesco in the 1970's).
Ralph was a member of Las Palmas Masonic Lodge No. 366. In 1929, he became its twenty-fifth Master at the age of 35.
In 1943, he moved to Oakland, California, but his family remained in Fresno. In 1947, Jones returned to Fresno to work for the Fresno County Department of Agriculture as a fruit inspector; a position he would hold until his retirement in 1960 at the age of 66.
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