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John O. Jones (1878-1951)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

Edmonton Bulletin - Thursday, January 18, 1951

Funeral for J. O. Jones, 1951

    John O. Jones, 72, one of the oldest members of the United Mine Workers and first president of the Alberta Federation of Labor, died at his home in Whitehorse, Y.T., recently.

    Born in Tonapandy, Wales, Mr. Jones in 1900 moved to the Crow's Nest Pass where he later established District 18, UM of A, and aided in instituting legislature for many reforms in the B.C. Mines Act.

    In 1912 he held the position of vice-president of District 18 UM of A, and also that of president of the Alberta Federation of Labor.


    During the First Great War Mr. Jones was appointed by the Dominion Government Cabinet as assistant to the coal commissioner for Canada, a post he held until 1921.

    Since 1921 he has served on numerous Conciliation Boards for both Dominion and provincial governments and was mine inspector in Drumheller and Crow's Nest Pass for many years.

    During recent years Mr. Jones had been active in trade union organizing and has helped institute several minimum wage agreements in the Yukon.

    He was a member of the BPOE 06.

    He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Delany, Edmonton; Stella and Gwenyth, living at home; and Beryl, (Sister Mary Clare of the Monastery of Precious Blood); two sons, Kenneth E. of Whitehorse, and Clifford D. of Calgary; also five grandchildren.

    Burial took place at the Elk’s plot in Whitehorse.

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, January 19, 1951

    Funeral services for Mr. John O. Jones, beloved husband of Alice L. Jones, of 9935-112 St., Edmonton, Alberta, who passed away, January 7th, were held in Whitehorse, Y.T. at 2 P.M. on January 11th. Funeral arrangements were under the auspices of Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 306. Rev. Harold Lee officiated and interment took place in the Elk's Plot in Whitehorse, Y.T.

    The pallbearers were brother Elks: Messrs, John McGowan, Eric Hammer, Ralph James, J. Palmer, M. Biringham, Wm. Wambolt.

    Many beautiful floral tributes were received from: The Family; Staff of Canadian Pacific Airlines, Whitehorse, Y.T. Reg Baird; Weldon Reid; Bob and Polly Johnstone; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ed Love; The Elks; Major Dalrymple; and Wife; Whitehorse friends, A. L. Burke; Bill Morris; Ken and Betty; Cliff and May and Family.

    Besides his loving wife he is survived by four daughters. Stella and Gwenyth at home; Mrs. Myrtle Delany of Edmonton; Beryl (Sister Mary Clare of the Monastery of Precious Blood).

    Also two sons, Kenneth E. of White Horse, Y.T. and Clifford D. of Calgary, Alberta, and five grandchildren.