Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 992-993 transcribed on July 19, 2001.

J. Arthur Jones

J. ARTHUR JONES, M. D. - A native son of the Sunflower state who has here gained a definite prestige as one of the able and popular physicians and surgeons of the favored metropolis of Wyandotte county, is Dr. Jones, who maintains his residence at 1001 Central avenue, which is also his office headquarters, and who has been actively engaged in the general practice of his profession in Kansas City since 1904. He is a young man of vigor, is thoroughly en rapport with the profession of his choice and is giving his best efforts to the work of his exacting calling, in which his success has been furthered by his sterling character as well as by his acknowledged ability and skill as a physician and surgeon.

Dr. Jones was born near the city of Emporia, Lyon county, Kansas, on the 21st of July, 1879, and is a son of William R. and Mary Elizabeth, (Studebaker) Jones, the former of whom was born near Knoxville, Tennessee, and the latter in Muncie, Indiana. She is a member of the well known Studebaker family of that state, with whose annals the name has been identified since the early pioneer epoch in its history, and she is a kinswoman of the Studebakers of South Bend, Indiana, known throughout the world as extensive manufacturers of wagons, carriages and other vehicles. William R. Jones was reared and educated in his native state and as a young man he worked on the underground railroad, the first year of the war; when he came to Kansas he located in the village of Plymouth, Lyon county, whence he later removed to Columbus, Kansas, the county seat of Cherokee county, and he was numbered among the pioneers of that section of the state. He finally removed to Pittsburg, Crawford county, where he continued to follow the vocation of carpenter and builder until about the year 1893, when he removed to the state of Oklahoma, where he now resides, his home being at Kildare, Oklahoma. They became the parents of three sons and one daughter, all of whom are living, and of the number Dr. Jones, of this review, was the third in order of birth, the others being Herbert O., Stella P. and Willard. Herbert O. and Willard reside in Oklahoma, and Stella P. in Kansas City.

Dr. J. Arthur Jones is indebted to the public schools of Pittsburg, Kansas, for the major portion of his preliminary educational discipline, and there he completed the curriculum of the high school, after which he began the work of preparing himself for the profession of his choice.

With this laudable purpose in view he finally entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Kansas City, Kansas, an institution that is now the medical department of the State University, and in this excellent school he was graduated as a member of the class of 1904, duly receiving his coveted and well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine.

After his graduation Dr. Jones had the discernment and wisdom that led him to remain in Kansas City when initiating the active work of his profession, and here he has maintained his office in his present location, on Central avenue, from the beginning. He was the "pioneer" in establishing an office at this eligible location, and from this headquarters he has gained a substantial, and representative practice, which is constantly expanding in scope and importance. He was a teacher of anatomy one year in the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1905 and was also associated with Dr. E. M. Hetherington, having charge of the clinical department of gynecology for the medical department of the University of Kansas in 1906. He is a member of the medical staff of Bethany Hospital and is actively identified with the Wyandotte County Medical Society and the Kansas State Medical Society, and he is distinctively popular in the ranks of his profession, of whose stanch but unwritten code of ethics he is a close observer. He subordinates all else to the work of his chosen calling but is liberal and public spirited in his civic attitude. He has had no desire to identify himself with practical politics and gives his support to the men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment.

In the year 1903, Dr. Jones was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Thornton, a native of Missouri, the daughter of Robert M. Thornton, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Dr. and Mrs. Jones have a fine little son, J. Arthur, Jr., who is somewhat of an autocrat in the home circle.

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