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JONES, Alfred D.

    Johnstown Tribune, Feb 1913, Contributed by Diane Marshall


Injury Received in Struggle
with Burglar Probably
Indirect Cause


An injury received during a struggle with a burglar he had captured a few weeks since is believe to have been the indirect cause of the death of Alfred D. Jones, a member of the city's detective force, between 6 and 7 o'clock this morning at Mercy Hospital, where he was operated on for appendicitis on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Jones injured his side in the struggle referred to and the disease which caused his death is believed to have developed from the injury. Mr. Jones lived at 323 Morrell place and had been a plainclothes officer for several years.

A few weeks since Detective Jones assisted in the arrest of a burglar who had gained access to the Tice residence on Park place. He was instructed to hold the prisoner while Chief of Police Mulhollen made a further search of the premises for a possible accomplice and it was during the Chief's absence the the prisoner endeavored to escape ____ officer was pulled over a por______ but held fast to his man.

He told of what ______ was a minor injury to his mid_______ [several lines illegible]. The physicians found complications resulting from the injury and there was little hope for his recovery. His condition became extremely critical last night and Mrs. Jones was summoned to his deathbed, remaining with him until he died at 6:20 o'clock this morning.

The body was prepared for burial today by Undertaker Henderson and was later removed to the Jones residence in the First Ward. the funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when services will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jo W. G. Fast, pastor of the Franklin-street Methodist Episcopal Church. The funeral will be in charge of Oriental Commandery, No. 61, Knights Templar, with Willis A. G. Lape as Eminent Commander and Curt G. Campbell as Prelate. The pallbearers will be furnished by the Commandery, three of the number to be chosen from Johnstown Lodge, Knights of Pythias who are also members of the Commandery. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Alfred D. Jones was born in South Wales on January 9, 1866, being a son of Evan D. and Mary Ann Jones. He was brought to America by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jones, in 1869 and was reared in the First Ward. His parents came to America a few years after his arrival and located in Scranton, where they have since resided. Some years before the Johnstown Flood his uncle Evan P. Jones, secured a position for him in the Cambria foundry, where he remained for some years. Later he worked for the Johnson Company. For four or five years after the Johnstown Flood he made his home in the eastern part of the State, returning to Johnstown to go into business for himself, selling water filters. At the time he was appointed a city detective by Ex-Mayor Wilson five years ago. Mr. Jones was employed in the power house of the Johnstown Traction Company.

The deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Kough Jones, to whom he was married at the Evan Jones home on Vine street by the Rev. Mr. Jones, of the Baptist Church, together with a son, a daughter and two grandchildren. The son is Morris Jones, of Walnut street, and the daughter is Mrs. Clarence Wesner, of School place. He is also survived by his parents, two sisters -- Mrs. William Philips, of Scranton, and Mrs. Crofford, wife of the Rev. W. H. Crofford, pastor of the M. E. Church of Binghamton, N.Y.; and by three brothers -- George, Archie, and Walter Jones, of Scranton. Evan P. Jones, of Vine street, is the deceased's uncle.

Alfred D. Jones became a member of Cambria Lodge, No. 278, Free and Accepted Masons, in 1909. He was also identified with Portage Royal Arch Chapter, No. 95; Cambria Council No. 32; Oriental Commandery, No. 61 K. T. and Jaffa Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He was initiated as a member of Johnstown Lodge K. of P. 25 years ago. He was also a member of the Cymric Society of Johnstown.

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