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 Herschel Barron “Casey” Jones

Herschel Barron “Casey” Jones

Birth
Rend City, Franklin County, Illinois, USA
Death 9 Dec 1988 (aged 92)
Centralia, Marion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 71927014 · View Source
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The WW I Draft Registration of June 5, 1917 lists Hershel Barron Jones, age 21, single, a coal miner, working for WR Rend, Rend, Illinois. He is tall and slender, with gray?( they were brown) eyes and brown hair.

Herschel "Casey" Jones met his future wife at the post office in Rend City, Illinois, where she was working. He and Gussie Ingram were married October 27, 1918, Edwards, Illinois. Seven children were born to them, four daughters and three sons.

Casey loved cars and made his living as a mechanic in Carlyle and Centralia, Illinois. He also enjoyed outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and gardening.

The family had a rustic cabin by the river when their children were young in the 1930's. The children fondly recall summers there working hard at their chores, gardening, fishing and picking berries to keep the family fed. But, they also remember the fun of making up their own entertainment, swimming in the river and playing with their siblings. Their mother was handy with a gun, if needed, to keep snakes and other critters away.

Their father treated them one summer to a special surprise for all their hard work at the cabin. He took them to a Cubs and Cardinals game in St. Louis one Sunday. So unexpected, it was a day they would never forget!

For many years Casey's official name was listed as Herschel "Byron" Jones. He explained that on his WW II Draft Card they had listed his middle name as Byron instead of Barron. He tried to get them to correct it, but it wasn't done. So, he gave up and signed it as Byron. Many years after he died his daughter found confirmation that Casey's true middle name "Baron" was actually spelled "Barron."

Casey died at St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, Illinois at age 92.


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  • Created by: P Jones
  • Added: 24 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 71927014
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Herschel Barron “Casey” Jones (30 Apr 1896–9 Dec 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 71927014, citing Hillcrest Memorial Park, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by P Jones (contributor 47471462) .