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William E. Jones, 84, of 313 Sixth street, prominent retired farmer and horticulturist, died at St. Clara's hospital at 11:45 o'clock this morning.

He had been in failing health for the past year and for the past several weeks seriously ill following a heart attack. His wife is seriously ill at the residence.

As a prominent fruit breeder and grower, Mr. Jones was known throughout the county and central Illinois. The "Lincoln Pear" which was widely known years ago was developed by him. He was also prominent in the work of the farmers institute, following this hobby closely until the unified county institute was discontinued several years ago.

Decedent was born in Wayne county, Indiana, April 13, 1845, but for the past seventy years was a resident of Logan county. Had he lived until Sunday, Mr. Jones would have observed his 85th birthday. He was a member of the First Methodist church.

He was married to Amanda Catherine Lucas in this city December 20, 1866. The couple observed their 63th anniversary in December.

The following children survive; N. W. Jones, Wichita, Kan.; Mary Elizabeth Warren, Middletown; Jas. W. Jones, San Francisco; Paul C. Jones, Freeport, Long Island, New York; and Clarence O. Jones, Wichita, Kan. Two brothers, James R. and John L. Jones reside in this city.

Because of Mrs. Jones illness, the body will remain at the Goff Funeral Home where short services will be held at 1:30 o'clock Monday afternoon and at 2 o'clock services will be held at the First Methodist Episcopal church. Rev. Stanley Ward will be in charge and interment will be in Lucas Chapel cemetery.

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