Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Sam Jones, Editor of Lawrence County News

Lawrence County News Wednesday, October 15, 1975
“Samuel Ernest Jones, 89, retired Lawrence County News editor dies about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning October 8 in his United Methodist village room while sleeping. Funeral rites were held Friday morning at 10 at the Emmons Funeral Home with interment at the Lawrenceville Cemetery. 

Born in Coles County Illinois March 31, 1886 he was a son of Thomas T and Rosa Clark Jones. In 1902 the family moved to Lawrenceville where Sam graduated from high school in 1905.

He was married to Nora Ammerman December 18, 1915 and she died February 10, 1966 in their home at 608 Seventh Street in Lawrenceville. Mr. Jones moved into the United Methodist Village in 1966 and had the honor of naming the lower, south wing apartments after the Coles County community of Sweetwater, site of his birth.

After high school, Samuel E Jones helped his father farm until 1909, when he went to work in the Lawrenceville laundry. In 1932, he was first associated with the Lawrence County News and after five years returned to the laundry as its manager. For two years, beginning in 1938, he was city editor for the Daily Record, before forming a partnership with Charles F Stoll as coeditor of the Lawrence County News. When Stoll died in February 1944 Jones became editor publisher of the News, the position for which he was well known until his retirement in February 1965.

During his long years as a Lawrenceville businessman, Sam Jones had a keen interest in the community. He served as a Lawrenceville Township High School Board of Education member several years, was instrumental in the establishment of Lawrence County Memorial hospital through numerous editorials, was a member of the original commission of citizens who planned the zoning of Lawrenceville, and assisted with a great number of other civic endeavors.

Having once been a victim of tuberculosis, Mr. Jones faithfully served as a member of the Lawrence County TB care and treatment board for 23 years, most of which were as its chairman, before his resignation last spring.

During his newspaper career, Mr. Jones helped establish the North Egypt Conference Sports Writers Association, was one of the first members of the Southern Illinois Editorial Association, and a member of the Illinois Press Association.


He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church, held 50 year memberships in both the B & P O of Elks Lodge 1208 and Edward Dobbins Masonic Lodge. Of all his professional achievements, Samuel Ernest Jones is probably best remembered for the wit, humor and personal views expressed in his weekly columns of the Lawrence County News for more than one-quarter of a century – Chips and Whetstones – which he stopped writing only a few months ago.”