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Jones, James Henry "Jim"

(born: 1873  -  died: 1944) Jim Jones, from Bullitt County, KY, was the son of Nelson and Sallie Jones. He moved to Louisville, KY, in the 1890s and was a servant for the family of Judge F. Fox, father of famous cartoonist and illustrator Fontaine Fox (1884-1964).

Jim Jones was later employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company as chef on the business car, which served as the private car for the Old Reliable presidents [L & N was nicknamed Old Reliable]. Jones was chef for almost 50 years, serving four company presidents: Milton H. Smith, Wible L. Mapother, Whitefoord R. Cole, and James B. Hill. Jim Jones had what was considered for the time period a very good job for an African American man. He also served as the presidents' office messenger.

Jones had been sick for several months prior to his death on November 27, 1944. His funeral services were held at the 5th Street Baptist Church, where Jones had been an active member. He was buried in the Louisville Cemetery. He was the husband of Annie E. Jones, and the couple lived at 530 S. 16th Street, according to Jim Jones' death certificate.

For more see "Wideley known chef dies," The Louisville and Nashville Employe[e]s' Magazine, vols. 20-21, 1944, p. 17.

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NKAA Entry: Fifth Street Baptist Church (Louisville, KY)
NKAA Entry: Louisville (KY) Cemetery
NKAA Source: The Louisville & Nashville employe[e]s' magazine (periodical)

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