Death of a Conisboro’ Worthy – W H Jones

September 1920

Mexborough Times, September 4, 1920

A Conisborough Worthy
Death of Mr W.H.Jones

The death occurred on Thursday morning of Mr William Henry Jones, of Low Road, Conisborough, one of the foremost and most esteemed residents of the village. Mr Jones had been in ill health for some months, but of latehad rallied, and was almost to the last able to attend to his business, which was that of a farrier. On Sunday, however, he took to his bed again, and this case quickly became hopeless.

Mr Jones was a native of Smeaton, near Pontefract, and was 60 years of age. As a young man. He served for a time in the Barnsley Police Force, and later became a farrier. He established himself in business in Conisborough as blacksmith and wheelwright 36 years ago. Almost throughout his stay in Conisborough he has been identified with its public life, and has held a leading position in its various activities.

He was a member of the Parish Council and of the Education Sub Committee. He was for 20 years, chairman of the Hospital Committee. For 24 years he was captain of the Conisborough Fire Brigade. For 18 years he was a PeopleĀ“s warden at the Parish Church. He was a member of the Parochial Committee, and was chairman of the Conisbrough War Memorial Committee. The proposal to erect a public War Memorial in Conisborough, was perhaps the most cherished of his many projects, past and present, for the good and honour of the place.

Practically all these appointments he held at his death. He attended with great earnestness to public concerns, and causes which he adopted he pursuedwith steadiness and fearlessness, and advocated with a certain roughelequence which was very persuasive.

He will be very much missed in Conisborough. He was greatly esteemed in his own trade, and was chairman of the Rotherham branch of the National Farriers Association.

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