LeRoy Jones


LeRoy Jones. The name Jones is oft times indicative of Welsh ancestry, and in this instance especially is it true. The family of which LeRoy Jones is the present day representative came from Wales to Massachusetts prior to the Revolution, and has since been widely scattered throughout the East.
LeRoy Jones was born in Grand Ledge, Eaton County, Michigan, on September 7, 1869, and is a son of Charles H. and Adaline (Fleming) Jones. The father was born near Attica, New York, and he went to Eaton County, Michigan, with his parents, when a small boy. He grew up there and married, later moving to Ionia County, in the same state, settling in the Town of Portland, in 1904. He is there engaged in farming and stock-raising, which enterprise has held his attention all his active life. Mrs. Jones, who was born in Lorain County, Ohio, in 1847, died in Portland, Michigan in 1907. Four children blessed their home. Everett E. is a farmer at Grand Ledge. Frank G., also a farmer, lives in Ionia County, Michigan. LeRoy of this review was the third child. Arthur died at Portland when he was twenty-seven years old.
LeRoy Jones attended the public schools in Eaton County, and was graduated from the Grand Ledge High School with the class of 1888. He at once undertook the study of law in the offices of Judge J. L. McPeek, in Grand Ledge, and he was admitted to the bar before the Supreme Court of Michigan in 1890.
Mr. Jones first engaged in practice at Grand Ledge, and in three years entered a partnership with Judge McPeek, and moved to Charlotte, Michigan. In 1897 the judge died, the partnership being dissolved automatically. In the meantime Mr. Jones had been doing some post graduate work in the law department in the University of Michigan, so that he was advancing himself in theory as well as in practice. He continued in practice until 1901, when he returned to the old home and was there at work in his profession until 1903. It was in that year that he first came to Cordell, and he was one of the pioneer lawyers of the community. He has been continuously engaged in practice here since that time, and has offices in the Smith Building, on the west side of the Square.
Mr. Jones is a staunch republican. He served as circuit court commissioner of Eaton county, Michigan, for four years, and was county attorney there for two years. He has here been a candidate on the republican ticket for the office of county judge of Washita County, but the strong democrat sentiment was too much to combat successfully. He has been a delegate to all the county and state conventions of the republican party since he came here, and has taken an active and interested part in civic affairs in his community.
Mr. Jones was married in Coldwater, Michigan, in 1893, to Miss Laura E. Resseguie, daughter of a well known miller of Hillsdale, Michigan. Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Jones. Harold is in business with his maternal grandfather in Hillsdale, Michigan. Ronald L. makes his home in Cordell with his parents. He is a student in the high school, and is in training for the teaching profession. Charles E., Lillian and Henry are also attending the local schools, and the two youngest children, Lockwood and Adaline, are still in the home.