Editor: Gil Jones Current as of June 11, 2017. All first-person references are to Gil unless otherwise noted.
Guilford Jones B: Nov 25 1877, D: 1969
Guilford Lavendar Jones was born Nov. 25, 1877. He was the youngest of the 11 brothers and sisters. He was married (10SEP1898) to Marguerite McCall from whom Margaret Lee (Aunt Maggie) was born. She died and Guilford re-married, then to my grandmother, Jeannette Thomas, in 1914 (Jones, Guilford & Jeanette’s 1914 Wedding Annoucement) when Aunt Maggie was about 8 years old.
Guilford’s first wife died after producing one child, Margaret Lee Jones Haynie who would later marry Joe Haynie. They had one daughter. Josephine Haynie (born ___, died ___ 1995). She was the only child of Margaret Lee and Joe and was known by all of us as “JoJean.” She was never married except to her entire family and as a result, was the favorite of everyone.
The next-born child, of Guilford’s marriage to Jeannette Thomas, was Jane Jones Merriman, born ___ and died ___. She was married one time, to Walter William Merriman. They lived their entire married life in Throckmorton, Texas until their later years when they moved to assisted living quarters near their daughter, Jeannette. Jane and Walter had two children, Michael and Jeannette.
The third child was Guilford, Jr., born March 2, 1920, died May 24, 1990. He was married to Bette Moritz Jones and they had two children, Guilford, III and Janet. Bette passed away in 1999.
Guilford, “G.L.” as he was always known, was an entrepreneur at heart. He was a trader. A story told by his grandson, Guilford, goes as follows:
DanDan, as we grandchildren called him, was apparently a trader at heart, if nothing else. Shortly after I moved to Marble Falls where he and Mimi (G.L.’s wife Jeannette) had lived since the early 1920’s, I took up the habit of breakfast at Atwood’s Cafe, a place where a lot of the old-timers hung out. It was there that I met Syd Ebeling. Syd was well into his 80’s when I met him but he told me about trading with G.L. Trading anything for anything else. It wasn’t important other than that a trade occurred.
G.L. early years in business included raising onions in Laredo, Texas while he investigated getting into the telephone business. He later did so with the Marble Falls exchange. In the late 1920’s he was involved in bringing Johnson & Johnson to Marble Falls to build a gauze factory in the old cotton building on the shores of the Colorado River — which later became Lake Marble Falls.
His first foray into Marble Falls business is what brought him and Jeannette there. He purchased the “electric power company” and a house — sight unseen from his bride. Grandson Guilford recalls Mimi’s story about arriving in Marble Falls for the first time:
Your DanDan drove me to Marble Falls and as we came down the hill on Highway 281 from the South and the river and very small town came into view, he exclaimed “there it is. Marble Falls, where I want to live and die!” My retort at the time was “well, I can see dying here but I’m not so sure about living!” Of course, I came to love Marble Falls and all of its people, dearly.
And she did love them dearly. Mimi taught school in Marble Falls from the early 1920’s until 1966 except for a couple of years in 1935-36. During those years Jeannette and G.L. move to Austin due to a medical condition of G.L.’s where he needed access to doctors. I always heard it was rheumatic fever. During that time, Mimi ran a boarding house for law students, including her nephew George Thaddeus Thomas. That time in Austin accounts for why Guilford, Jr. graduated from Austin and not Marble Falls.
- Jane Jones Merriman
- Guilford L. Jones, Jr.
- Margaret Lee Jones Haynie