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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery ~ Madison Lafayette Jones
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Jones, Madison Lafayette
LAST: Jones FIRST: Madison MID: Lafayette
BORN: 29 Mar 1849 DIED: 21 Jul 1948 BURIED: 
BIRTH PLACE:  Kokomo, Howard Co., Indiana
DEATH PLACE: Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon
1850 IN CENSUS - Madison L. Jones, age 1, b. Indiana, is enumerated with father Silas W. R. Jones, age 37, farmer, b. Kentucky, and mother Elizabeth, age 31, b. Indiana, along with James T., age 12, Joseph, age 11, Rachel, age 9, William H. Jones, age 7, Susannah age 7, Silas A., age 5, and Jesse B., age 4, all born in Indiana. Also enumerated with the family is Nelson Creack, age 20, farmer, b. Tennessee, and Elizabeth Helig, age 12, b. Indiana.
1880 OR CENSUS - L. Madison Jones, age 30, occupation lawyer, b. Indiana, is enumerated with father W. R. Silas Jones, age 65, farmer, b. Kentucky, and Elizabeth Jones, age 61, b. Indiana, along with Emma, age 24, occupation teacher, b. Oregon, Sarah, age 22, occupation teacher, b. Oregon, Scott, age 19, occupation farm worker, b. Oregon, Harrison, age 19, occupation farm worker, b. Oregon. Also enumerated with the family are grandaughters Mary Faine, age 15, b. Oregon and Alma Faine, age 14, b. Oregon.
MARRIAGE - M. L. Jones, over 21 & Emma Hovenden, over 18, m 11 Oct 1880 at house of Alfred Hovenden, S. C. Adams, M. G. Wit: F. N. Gilbert #2459 pg 111".
1900 OR CENSUS - Madison Jones, age 51, b. March 1849 in Indiana, is enumerated with his wife of 20 years, Emma, age 41, b. Aug 1858 in Oregon, she is the mother of 8 children, 6 of whom are living at the time of the census, along with Ilda, age 15, b. Jul 1884 in Oregon, Clara, age 12, b. Jan 1888 in Oregon, Ellis, age 8, b. Mar 1892, in Oregon, and Ronald, age 2, b. Oct 1897 in Oregon. 

BIOGRAPHICAL (From The Annals Of The S.W.R. Jones Family) - "But perhaps the most crowning achievement of his long life came with the opening up of some 1000 acres of the wonderfully productive Lake Labish farming lands. Before drainage the lake was only wast land or at most treacherous pasturage, for its swamps and spring holes claimed many livestock vicims. Since drainage, the accomplishment of which has extended over many years, the rich black land of both his own and neighboring ranches is coming into full production of onion, celery, asparagus, lettuce, mint, and may other 'money' crops. He has impressed upon the lessees of over 300 acres of the beaver-dam land the importance of producing the finest quality in the world and selling all through one channel."
Madison L. Jones, 99, early Salem area pioneer legislator and farmer who developed the fertile Lake Labish district, died in Portland Wednesday afternoon at about 4 o’clock.
Jones, father of Ronald K. Jones of Brooks and Ellis H. Jones of Salem, would have been 100 next March 29. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the W.T. Rigdon company but interment will take place in the Pioneer cemetery at Brooks. Retired at 60.
Last public appearance of Willamette university’s oldest living graduate who crossed the plains in 1853 took place in 1947 at Brooks. He attended a birthday dinner given in his honor by the Masonic lodge there, of which he was a charter member.
Jones retired at the age of 60 from eastern Oregon wheat farming. He has been living with daughters in Portland and Arlington. A bronchial ailment, contracted last summer, hastened his death. Indiana Native.
The deceased was born March 29, 1849, in Kokomo, Ind. He came to Oregon and the Willamette valley in 1853 with his father S.W.R. Jones who died in Indiana in 1911 at the age of 97. The family pioneered the Brooks district.
He married Emma Jane Hovenden of Hubbard in 1880. Mrs. Jones died in 19398 at the age of 81. Jones graduated Willamette university in 1871. He also attended law school, passed his bar examination, but never practiced law. Legislator.
In 1882 he was elected to a term in the house of representatives of the state legislature. He served as a member of the state fair board from 1915 to 1921 and was president of the Oregon Hop Growers’ association prior to 1910.
He led the way to establishing the Lake Labish drainage district which cleared and drained the rich bottom-land north of Salem. Jones moved to eastern Oregon to farm wheat in the early 1920's.
The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, Brooks A.F. & A.M. and of the Al Kader shrine.
In addition to the two sons, Ronald and Ellis, the deceased is also survived by three daughters, Mrs. Anderson M. Cannon of Portland, Mrs. John Withycombe of Portland and Claire Jones Gray of Los Angeles, Calif., a sister, Mrs. Sarah Clark, 90, of Portland, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Oregon Statesman (undated newspaper clipping)
[shares marker with Emma]
Saucy Survey & Photographs 
1850 IN CENSUS (Owen Co., Montgomery, FA #313)
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, pg 108D)
Marriage Records of Marion Co., OR, Vol. IV, pg 9
1900 OR Census (Marion Co., Brooks, ED 124, sheet 9B)
The Annals Of The S.W.R. Jones Family, pg 68 OS

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