Charles G. Jones

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Charles Gasham "Gristmill" Jones (November 3, 1856 – March 29, 1911) was an American urban developer and politician in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Jones was responsible for bringing electrical power to downtown Oklahoma City and developing a railroad line between Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma City. The town of Jones, Oklahoma, is named for him.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Greenup, Illinois, on November 3, 1856, and arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1889.[1]

Developer of cities[edit]

After arriving in Oklahoma Territory, Jones organized the construction of a canal to bring electrical power to downtown Oklahoma City and constructed the first flour mill in Oklahoma Territory.[1] In 1895, Jones and Henry Overholser organized the St. Louis and Oklahoma City Railroad Company and, in 1898, constructed a line from Sapulpa to Oklahoma City.[1] The town of Jones, Oklahoma, was named for Charles G. Jones and was platted by a friend, Luther F. Aldrich, in 1898.[2] Jones owned a farmstead in the town, which is today listed in the National Register of Historic Places.[2]

The statehood movement had begun and Jones served as chair of the Single Statehood Executive Committee that first met in 1903 and lobbied for three years for the successful passage of the act that created the state of Oklahoma.[3]

Political career[edit]

A Republican, Jones was elected to the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, served as the mayor of Oklahoma City, and was elected to the 1st Oklahoma Legislature and 2nd Oklahoma Legislature.[1]

Death[edit]

Charles Jones died of a stomach hemorrhage on March 29, 1911.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Aaron Bachhofer II. "JONES, CHARLES GASHAM (1856-1911) Archived November 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (accessed July 27, 2013)
  2. ^ a b Hedglen, Thomas L. Jones Archived June 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed July 27, 2013)
  3. ^ Wilson, Linda D.Statehood Movement, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed July 27, 2013)