Early dentist left his mark

By ROGER STANLEY rogerstanley769@yahoo.com
Posted 1/13/20

Elmer E. Jones was born on a farm near Monticello, Oct. 27, 1863. His parents were Triplett Lochardt Jones and Nancy Lee Savage Jones, who was a first cousin of Robert E. Lee.

He eventually went …

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Early dentist left his mark


Elmer E. Jones was born on a farm near Monticello, Oct. 27, 1863. His parents were Triplett Lochardt Jones and Nancy Lee Savage Jones, who was a first cousin of Robert E. Lee.

He eventually went to Indianapolis College of Dentistry and graduated in 1886. Twelve days later he opened a dentist office in Veedersburg, Indiana, but moved to Paris in 1889 to become a partner with dentist Howard Ball.

Jones made a return trip to Veedersburg Aug. 30, 1891, to marry local resident Emma Lebo. He made her acquaintance earlier, but apparently chose not to marry until he was an established dentist. They had one son, Raymond, who made his home in Terra Haute, Indiana, as an adult.

The Jones/Ball dentistry partnership continued until 1896 when Ball died. The office was located on the southeast corner of the square, and it was on the second floor above Weiler’s drug store.

Jones kept his practice there until he retired in 1949 after suffering a stroke. He passed away in 1954 after serving for 63 years as a very competent dentist.

According to the writings of H. P. Tyman, an editor for a Paris newspaper, Jones spent 130,000 hours of his life in the dentist office by 1943, and he never missed a day until he had two eye surgeries.

Jones ended up owning the farm at Monticello and a productive farm eight miles north of Paris in Edgar Township. The 360-acre farm near Paris was known for its production and was situated on prime farmland in Edgar County. He did everything he could to make it a profitable farm and a great place to live for the Stanley family.

Away from his professional career and his farming interests, Jones was prominent in Masonry as worshipful master of the Paris Lodge 268 and as a commander of the No. 27 Palestine of Knights Templar. He helped establish the Paris Chamber of Commerce in 1892 and served as treasurer for more than 30 years. He also was a charter member of the Edgar County Children’s home in 1893 along with James E. Parrish, Owen S. Jones, John C. Palmer, Mrs. Verde Dundas, Mrs. Charlotte Rives and Mrs. LeNora Hannah. Jones was also the treasurer of the Odd Fellow Benefit Association of Edgar County for more than a quarter of a century.

Doing his patriotic and civic duty he voted every time up to 1949 for 16 presidential candidates starting with his vote for James G. Blaine in 1884.

It is amazing to follow the life of this man because, I knew him personally. He was the landowner for three generations of Stanleys.

Jones owned the ground my granddad George Stanley and uncle George F. Stanley farmed near Monticello, and I have been on the farm where Jones was born.

When my granddad George Stanley started farming the 360 acres near Paris, the Stanley family lived in two houses on that farm. In fact, I was born in one of those houses that Jones provided for us. Later as my dad, John A. Stanley, lived at the main farmstead, I remember visiting Jones at his office on the southeast corner of the square.

My brother and I followed Dad and Mom up a long dark flight of stairs that opened into a waiting room which had a frosted window on the west side. I don’t remember any secretary so Dad politely knocked on the door and a bald-headed man in a white jacket answered his summons and led us inside.

He was Dr. E. E. Jones, and he led us by a dental chair and all the trappings required for a dentist at that time and opened a door to a back office. I always thought that was kind of scary and was glad to get to a more comfortable feeling room. He and my dad talked farming business after he asked how we two boys were and if we stayed out of trouble.

Some times my dad or Jones signed a check or two, but the dentist always asked what he needed to do to help with the farm. He shook hands with all of us and wished us farewell and then we faced the machines in the dental parlor and made our escape.

I didn’t realize how good it was to farm for the Jones family until I farmed for his son and his wife, Raymond and Lillian Jones. All of the Jones’s were real landowners, who cared for their tenants, and we in return tried to be real farmers, who cared for the farm of those particularly good landowners.

Jones wisely used the money he earned as a dentist and not only did great things for the people of Edgar County, but he put together 360 acres that provided a living for his tenant farmers for more than 85 years.