FLORENCE REBECCA JONES
B. November 9, 1933 in Chicago, Cook County, IL
D. February 6, 1948 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL
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- Father: Earl Louis Jones born March 29, 1913 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY, son of James F. Jones (1885-1942) and Anna Clara (Sage) Jones (1894-?); Army Veteran (March 24, 1944 – December 7, 1945); Earl died October 28, 1991
According to the U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:
“Name: Earl Louis Jones (NOTE: penciled in “also known as (Earl Louis) Clifford); Address: 3341 W. Walnut St., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Telephone: none; Age in Years: March 1913; Place of Birth: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.; Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address: Mrs. Doris R. Jones; Relationship of that Person: Wife; Address of That Person: 3341 W. Walnut St., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Employer’s Name: Columbia Feather Co.; Place of Employment: 1750 N. Wolcott St., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; Race: White; Height: 5 ft 8 1/2; Weight: 135; Eyes: Brown; Hair: Brown; Complexion: Light; Other obvious physical characteristics that will aid in identification: Scar on back of right thigh; Signed: October 16 – 1940”
According to the U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1:
“Name: Earl L Jones; Birth Date: 29 Mar 1913; Residence Date: 1974; Address: 1324 Melrose Ave; Residence; Round Lake Beach, IL; Postal Code: 60073-2022”
- Mother: Doris R (Gray) Jones born November 22, 1913 in Houston, Harris County, TX; Doris died November 1983; last residence in Round Lake, Lake County, IL
- Earl Louis Jones, Jr. born April 21, 1931 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; married Wilma Jones Feltner; Earl died November 13, 2006 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; last residence: Round Lake, Lake County, IL; buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL; Army Veteran (“Cpl US Army, Korea”)
According to the News Sun (Waukegan IL) November 15, 2006:
“Earl L. Jones, Jr., “Lou” to most, a 75-year-old Round Lake Beach resident, passed away Monday, November 13, 2006 at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Lou was born in Chicago, to Earl and Doris Jones (nee Gray) on April 21, 1931. He was an actor, director, set builder, and more at the P.M.L. Theatre in Antioch for nearly 40 years.
Beloved husband of 40 years to Wilma Jones (nee Feltner); loving father to Karen (Jim) Cassity and Sandy Buss, both of Lake Villa; proud “Papa” to Ali, Emy, Zoe, Sadie, and Cade; brother to Jim (Pat) Jones of Round Lake. His daughter, Kaye Jones, several brothers and sisters, and aforementioned parents precede him in death.
Friends of the family may visit on Thursday, November 16, 2006 from 7 to 8 p.m. immediately followed by the memorial service at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60661 or www.leukemia-lymphoma.org. For information, call (847) 223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.”
- Alice Lavone (Jones) (Tascher) (Holtdorf) (Fink) (Chase) Wymer born July 29, 1932 in Chicago, IL; married Lawrence David Wymer (1932-2005) on December 23, 1983 in Kafman County, TX; Alice died April 22, 1995; buried in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca, Cattaraugus County, NY
According to the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007:
“Name: Alice Lavone Jones [Alice Lav Tascher] [Alice Holtdorf] [Alice Fink] [Alice Chase]; Gender: Female; Race: White; Birth Date: 29 Jul 1930 (sic); Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois [Chicago Illi??]; Death Date: 22 Apr 1995; Father: Earl L Jones; Mother: Doris R Gray; SSN: 32367459; Notes: Dec 1947: Name listed as ALICE LAVONE JONES; June 1951: Name listed as ALICE LAV TASCHER; Apr 1957: Name listed as ALICE HOLTDORF; Oct 1960: Name listed as ALICE LAV FINK; Aug 1963: Name listed as ALICE CHASE; 26 Jan 1993: Name listed as ALICE LAVONE WYMER”
- Donald E. Jones born July 13, 1936 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Donald died October 5, 1996; last residence: Round Lake, Lake County, IL
- Doris Elaine Jones born February 6, 1939 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Doris died February 6, 1948 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Doris Elaine Jones buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
- James Jones born about 1942
- Jackie Jones born about 1944
- Victory Lee Jones born September 9, 1945 in Libertyville, Lake County, IL; Victory died February 6, 1948 in Avon Township, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Victoria Lee Jones buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL, living at 2645 Washington Boulevard, the household members were:
“Earl Jones, head, age 27, married, highest grade completed: 7, born in Kentucky, lived in same place in 1935, Occupation: Laborer; Doris Jones, wife, age 26, married, highest grade completed: H2, born in Texas, lived in same place in 1935; Earl Jones Jr, son, age 9, single, highest grade completed: 1; born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Alice Jones, daughter, age 7, single, highest grade completed: 1; born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Florence Jones, daughter, age 6, single, highest grade completed: 1, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Donald Jones, son, age 3, single, born in Illinois; Doris Jones, daughter, age 1, single, born in Illinois”
According to the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere IL) Saturday, February 7, 1948, page 2:
“Boy Pours Gas
In Stove, Fire
Kills 3 Sisters
ROUND LAKE BEACH, Feb. 7 – Efforts of a group of children to revive a stove fire which had dwindled during the excitement of a birthday party turned their home into a furnace and killed three little girls, police said today.
The parents, who had taken an adult guest to her home, were forced to stand by helplessly while flames swept their home late yesterday.
Dead were Doris Jones, 9, who had been hostess at the party; and her sisters Victoria, 2, and Rebecca, 14.
“I ran up to the front of the house and saw Victoria wandering around in the doorway, police quoted their father, Earl Louis Jones, 34, as saying. “I tried to go in, but the flames drove me back.”
Three brothers, Earl Louis, Jr., 16; Donald, 12, and James, 6, received burns and cuts. Alice, 17, and Jackie, 4, were not hurt.
Jones said he was returning home after having taken a neighbor to her house, and that he and his wife saw flames coming from their dwelling.
Earl, Jr., who was credited with saving some of the younger children, said that he noticed that the fire was going out. He took a five-gallon can of gasoline to the stove, intending to use just a few drops. The can exploded and the flames spread through the house quickly.”
According to the McHenry Plaindealer (McHenry IL) Thursday, February 12, 1948, page 1:
A joyful birthday celebration turned into tragedy last Friday evening when three sisters died and three brothers were burned, one severely, in a fire in the basement of their Rousd (sic) Lake Beach home, between Grayslake and Lake Villa. The dead are Doris Elaine Jones, 9, honored guest at the party, and her sisters, Victoria, 2, and Rebecca, 14.
Their brother, Louis, 17, was badly burned in his attempt to rescue his younger three brothers and sisters from the flames. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Louis Jones, parents of the children, were driving a neighbor child home from the party when the tragedy occurred.
According to information given Sheriff Walter L. Atkinson of Lake county, who investigated the fire, one of the children had thrown gasoline on a coal fire thinking it was kerosene. An explosion occurred and the basement was filled with flames. The eldest boy managed to get his three brothers out of the fire and dashed back to the basement in a futile attempt to save his sisters.”
According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:
“Surname: JONES; Name: Florence Rebecca; Birth Date/Place: 09 Nov 1933, Chicago; Death Date/Place: Avon Twp.; Cause of Death: Burned in Her House; Single; Occupation: Schoolgirl; Minister – Funeral Home: Chapel; Burial Place – Next of Kin: bur. 10 Feb 1948, Fort Hill Cem, Earl L. JONES (Louisville KY)-Father, Doris GRAY (Houston, TX)-Mother”