A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


Frank A. Jones, superintendent of the water works of Pittsburg, is an efficient and energetic business man and manager, as he has demonstrated during the years that he has been connected with the Pittsburg Water Supply Company, his final promotion to the superintendency of the plant having been clearly dictated by the best interests of the company, and in this position he has maintained the high reputation of the plant as second to none anywhere for a city of the same size. He is likewise popular and well known in the various circles of the city, and for a young man has certainly had a most successful and honorable career.

Mr. Jones is a native son of the Sunflower state, and most of his life and work has been spent within its boundaries. He was born in Doniphan county in 1873, being a son of George A. and Anna (Stallons) Jones, both of whom are now living at Argonia, Sumner county, Kansas. His father was born in Columbus, Ohio, and came to Kansas during his boyhood, settling with his parents on a farm in Doniphan county. He lived there many years, and in 1883 brought his family to Sumner county, where he and his good wife are passing their remaining years in the esteem and affection of many friends and associates.

Mr. F. A. Jones received most of his education in the common school at Argonia, finishing with a three years' course at Southwest Kansas College, Winfield, Kansas. In 1893 he went to the "Strip," in Oklahoma, and established a grocery store at the little town of Timberlake Springs. While there he got a postoffice established and was appointed postmaster, but remained there for only a year, coming to Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1895. He took employment with the Pittsburg Water Supply Company, which furnishes water for the city of Pittsburg, and has remained with the company ever since. He was made superintendent of the water plant in 1903. These water works, are noted for their efficiency, having a complete modern equipment and supplying a million gallons of water each day, sufficient to fill all the requirements of the city.

Mr. Jones was married in July, 1903, to Miss Ella Gibson, a niece of Rev. Josiah H. Gibson, who is pastor of the United Presbyterian church of Pittsburg. Mr. Jones affiliates with the Masonic order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.