Edgar Stewart Jones

Edgar Stewart Jones

Birth
Bement, Piatt County, Illinois, USA
Death 7 Mar 1939 (aged 68)
Urbana, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Burial Bement, Piatt County, Illinois, USA
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Memorial ID 32043804 · View Source
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Edgar Stewart Jones was born August 27, 1870 in Piatt County, Bement Township, Illinois. He was the son of Nelson Mathias and Caroline E. (Reynolds) Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had moved to Illinois from Knox and Licking County, Ohio. Edgar was raised with two brothers (Roy and Frank) and a sister (Anna) on their Stringtown Road Farm. Edgar graduated from Monticello schools and attended Illinois State Normal Teacher's College (Illinois State Normal University - Now ISU). He married Ola Belle High on March 21, 1895. They were the parents of one child, Mildred Jones. Mildred married Linden Piatt and was the mother of Linda Lou Piatt.

Edgar Jones was a prominent Central Illinois Educator and Administrator as well as being an author of nature, agricultural and arithmetic books. His 43 years of service to Illinois Public Education included being Superintendent of Cisco, IL Schools (1889-1892), Principal of Lovington Township High School (1893-1901), Superintendent of Talorville City Schools (1910-1922), Superintendent of Schools in Monticello, IL (1923-1929), Lovington City Superinendent (1930-1931). Edgar was a summer course Arithmetic Instructor at Illinois State Normal University beginning in June 1913. He was paid $200 for a six-week course of instruction (as noted by Board of Education Meeting June 1, 1913). It is reported that he had been an instructor at teachers' institutes in 24 Illinois Counties. Mr. Jones' articles on nature and agriculture appeared in several magazines. His books and educational texts include: Practical Helps In Agriculture And Nature Study, Courier Printing Co., 1914, Familiar Friends In Feathers, D.H. Knowlton & Co., 1919, and School Essentials In Practical Agriculture, Educational Publishing Co., 1925.

During the era of Prohibition, Edgar Stewart Jones was employed by the prohibition enforcement division of The United States Department of Treasury (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). This division was made up of individuals who would become known as "T-Men". The most notable of these was Elliot Ness who was responsible for the end of the career of Al Capone in Chicago.

Edgar died on March 7, 1939 at Mercy Hospital in Champaign, Illinois from the effects of pneumonia. He was 68 years old. He was buried at Bement Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Robert Jones
  • Added: 8 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32043804
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Stewart Jones (27 Aug 1870–7 Mar 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32043804, citing Bement Cemetery, Bement, Piatt County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Robert Jones (contributor 46993278) .