Milton’s Dr. Charles D. Jones (1863-1908)

By Muriel Bristol | January 20, 2021

Charles Dana Jones was born in Milton, September 22, 1863, son of Charles and Elizabeth “Betsy” (Varney) Jones.

His father, Charles Jones, died in Milton, May 8, 1873, aged thirty-nine years, and his mother, Betsy (Varney) Jones, died in Milton, in February 1878, aged forty-one years.

Charles Dana Jones of Milton went to Phillips Exeter Academy, in Exeter, NH, from the age of fifteen years. He graduated with its Class of 1878, and went on to study at Harvard University.

Fred P. Jones, a farmer, aged twenty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his siblings, Nellie V. Jones, keeping house, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and Charles D. Jones, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH). They shared their residence with the household of James W. Nutter, a farmer, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and his wife, Ruth V. Nutter, a housekeeper, aged forty-nine years (b. NH). (The Jones Farm is now a part of the NH Farm Museum).

Elder brother Fred P. Jones married in Lebanon, ME, November 20, 1881, Emma Jane Cowell, he of Milton and she of Lebanon. He was a farmer, aged twenty-two years, and she was a teacher, aged twenty-two years. Rev. Benjamin Dodge performed the ceremony.  She was born in Lebanon, ME, August 27, 1859, daughter of Edmund E. and Elizabeth J. (Chamberlain) (Hussey)) Cowell. (Emma’s mother and brother were affiliated with Milton’s Classical Institute; and Milton’s famous theatrical designer, Robert E. Jones (1887-1954), would be among her children).

Charles Dana Jones received his M.D. degree from the Medical School at Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA, in 1885.

C. Dana Jones married in Milton, April 5, 1886, Pauline Eunice “Lena” Hart, both of Milton. He was a physician, aged twenty-two years, and she was aged twenty years. Rev. [Dr.] Frank Haley performed the ceremony. She was born in Milton, February 9, 1866, daughter of John F. and Mary A. (Twombly) Hart.

Milton Cornet Band
Milton Cornet Band, in front of E.C. Hodges’ Variety Store. Charles D. Jones is indicated by the arrow beneath him (Per Bradley Stone)

Charles D. Jones of Milton was admitted to membership in the Strafford County Medical Society in 1887 (Scales, 1914). The Mitchell-Cony directory of 1908 identified 1887 as the year in which …

Dr. C.D. Jones, a native of Milton, and a graduate of Harvard, began practice here. Dr. Jones gave up his practice about the year 1891 (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

Correspondence. PREMATURE DISCHARGE OF AMNIOTIC FLUID. MILTON, N.H., July 16, 1887. MR. EDITOR – Perhaps the following case of Clinical Obstetrics may be of interest to some of your more inexperienced readers like myself. Mrs. P. menstruated last about October 15th 1886. I was called to see her at 10 o’clock, May 15th, 1887. I found the nurse there and the patient in bed. I learned the following facts: At about 4 o’clock she got up and passed water, went to bed and slept. She was soon awakened by a large gush of water which she thought came from “the breaking of the waters.” After this she had a few slight pains which ceased before my arrival. Digital examination showed the head presenting, low down in the pelvis, the os dilated to the size of a half-dollar, the vagina covered with a fluid containing floculi like the vernix caseosa. She was up next day, and in a few days felt better than before. On July 13th, she had an unnaturally short labor, waters breaking just before the birth of the head. Between May 15th and July 13th, she had no abnormal symptoms. Yours truly, C.D. Jones, M.D. (Harvard, 1885) (MA Medical Society, 1887). 

C. Dana Jones, M.D., B.B. Plummer, and William E. Pillsbury, M.D., were Milton’s School Board in 1888 (NH State Board of Education, 1889). John U. Simes, Charles D. Jones, and B.B. Plummer were Milton’s School Board in 1889.

Chas. D. Jones appeared in the Milton directory of 1889, as a Milton physician. He reported encountering no cases of either typhoid fever or diphtheria in that year (NH State Board of Health, 1889).

Dr. C.D. Jones built a new block to house his drug store in May and June 1890. He opened the store on Thursday, June 28, 1890, with a round of sodas.

MILTON. Mr. C.D. Jones is breaking ground for a new block, just above Kennet’s meat market (Farmington News, May 23, 1890).

MILTON. Dr. Jones opened his store last week Thursday. The unlocking of the door was initiated by Dr. Jones setting up the soda (Farmington News, July 4, 1890).

Dr. Jones hired Town Clerk Henry L. “Harry” Avery to be doctor’s assistant in the new store.

MILTON. Fourth of July will be observed in this village in due and ancient form. At a meeting held recently, Dr. C.D. Jones was elected general manager and necessary committees appointed to carry forward the work (Farmington News, July 3, 1891).

Charles D. Jones appeared in the Milton directory of 1892, as a Milton physician, but appeared also as a Milton apothecary. He appeared in the Milton directories of 1894, and 1898, as a a merchant of drugs, as well as gents’ furnishing and sporting goods, cigars and tobacco. He was Town Clerk in 1892. His store had one of Milton’s first ten telephones, which was the very first public one, in 1898.

Jones’ maternal uncle, shoe manufacturer John H. Varney, died in Haverhill, MA, January 28, 1893. (His widow, Elizabeth W. (Cloutman) Varney, died in Milton, January 2, 1895). C. Dana Jones, et al., executors of the will of John H. Varney, paid $1,092 in inheritance tax to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1898.

MILTON. Mr. James G. O’Loughlin and Miss Addie C. Knight of this village were united in Marriage in Union last Saturday evening. The congratulations of many friends are extended to them. The boys appreciated the excellent box of cigars opened for their inspection at C.D. Jones’ drug store (Farmington News, April 14, 1893).

Dr. C.D. Jones in Pinehurst, NC, in 1895
Dr. C.D. Jones in Pinehurst, NC, in 1895, with his daughter and his black and white English Setter “Dash” (Per Bradley Stone)

MILTON. Dr. C.D. Jones has finished the foundation for his new house (Farmington News, April 13, 1894).

LOCALS. A letter has been received from Dr. C.D. Jones of Milton, who is at Pinehurst, N.C., for the winter with his family, stating that the snow storms of last week were very severe there, eighteen inches of snow falling during the storm. Such a thing as a sleigh had never been seen in that locality and one was constructed and used while the show lasted. The letter also stated that the colored people were unprepared for such weather and there was much suffering among them (Farmington News, December 18, 1896). 

New Hampshire passed a medical licensing law, March 1, 1897, which required medical practitioners to be tested, licensed and registered as of September 1, 1897. (Charles William Gross, William Emerson Pillsbury, and Frank Sherman Weeks, of Milton Mills, and Malcolm A.H. Hart, Charles Dana Jones, and John Herbert Twombly, of Milton, were all rated “A”- they were already in practice prior to the passage of the law – i.e., they were “grandfathered in” and did not have to pass the new examination) (NH State Board of Education, 1906).

MILTON. Carl P. Wilbur of Brockton, Mass., and Dr. C.D. Jones of this place enjoyed the pleasures of trout fishing at Lake Winnipesaukee, last week (Farmington News, May 28, 1897).

MILTON NEWS-LETTER. Harry L. Avery has resumed his place in C.D. Jones’ drug store, having been absent a few weeks while at work on his new house (Farmington News, August 13, 1897).

NEWS IN BRIEF. Dr. C.D. Jones and family of Milton, N.H., arrived Wednesday evening and will spend the winter here. The doctor was well, and favorably known in the village last winter and his return is heartily welcomed (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), November 27, 1897).

SOUTHERN PINES. Dr. C.D. Jones of Milton, N.H., has bought a large lot of land in town and is now erecting a large house thereon, which he will occupy with his family (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), February 4, 1898).

Meanwhile, Dr. Jones’ Milton storefront, was totally destroyed by fire early Friday morning, February 4, 1898, while he was away for the winter in Pinehurst, NC. (It had been newly built in 1890).

MILTON. The drug and fancy goods store owned by Dr. C.D. Jones was destroyed by fire February 4. The upper story was occupied by the Milton Literary club, whose loss was estimated at about $200. No insurance. Dr. Jones is now in Pinehurst, N.C. His loss is about $3,000, partially insured. The nearest buildings were slightly damaged. The firemen and citizens worked faithfully. The fire broke out at 5.30 o’clock in the morning and the mercury was several degrees below zero (Farmington News, February 11, 1898).  

NEWS IN BRIEF. Dr. C.D. Jones on Magnolia road has recently met with a heavy loss at his home in Milton, N.H., by the total destruction by fire of his building and stock in trade. The doctor and his family have made their winter home here during the past and present seasons and have the sympathy of our people (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), February 11, 1898).

Charles D. Jones, a dry & fancy goods store [-keeper], aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton Village”) household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Pauline Jones, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), his children, Katharine Jones, at school, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Levi Jones, at school, aged nine years (b. NH), Russell Jones, at school, aged six years (b. NH), and Varney Jones, aged nine months (b. NH), and his servant, Annabel Harvey, a housemaid, aged sixteen years (b. NH). Charles D. Jones owned their house, free-and-clear. Pauline Jones was the mother of four children, of whom four were still living.

Dr. C.D. Jones of Milton, NH, had a purebred black and white English Setter dog, whose details appeared in an American Kennel Club Register of 1900.

DASH GLADSTONE (54,148) – Dr. C.D. Jones, Milton, N.H. Breeder, W.C. Kennerly, White Post, Va. Whelped December 20, 1894; black and white. By Count Roderigo (8,182, Vol. V), out of Miss Twilight Furness (31,722, Vol. X) (American Kennel Club, 1900).

C.D. Jones appeared in the Milton directories of 1901, 1904, and 1905-06, as a Milton merchant. Among other things, he sold gents’ furnishing and sporting goods, cigars, and tobacco, in 1901 and 1904. He had also a public telephone. He sold dry & fancy goods in 1905-06.

THE PINEHURST PRESERVES, Dr. C.D. Jones, Manager. Embracing 30,000 acres, nearly fifty square miles, of the FINEST HUNTING TERRITORY In Moore County, North Carolina, are The Largest in the South, under the control of, one individual. QUAIL IN ABUNDANCE AND WILD TURKEYS NUMEROUS. Foxes and Rabbits abound everywhere and some deer are to be found. THE PINEHURST KENNELS Maintained in connection with the Preserve, contain twenty-two blooded dogs, pointers and setters, and are under the management of Alliston Gray, formerly of the High Point, N.C., Kennels. Climate unsurpassed, covers excellent and easy accessible from the village, where accommodations offering every comfort may be found at a varying range of prices. TERMS Shooting privileges, $1.00 a day, $3.00 a week, $15.00 a season, Guides $3.00 a day. Dogs will be furnished without extra charge to hunters without dogs. Send for Hunting Booklet to PINEHURST GENERAL OFFICE (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), January 2, 1903).

BANNER WEEK OF SEASON. Sportsmen Have found Quail In Plentiful Numbers. “The past week has been the banner week of the season,” says Dr. C.D. Jones, manager of the Pinehurst Preserves. “The bags have been excellent and the birds plentiful.” Mr. W.A. Wood and Mr. C.A. Lockwood of New York City, have gone after a short trip. They made bags of eleven and nine birds in short hunts from the Village and on a two days trip to the Aberdeen section, secured twenty-four birds. On another trip eight covies were started and seventeen quail secured. Mr. Frederick K. Gaston of New York City, who is here with three fine dogs, has made records that stand well with the best of the season. He secured in two days hunting thirty-five birds, and in a days outing, twenty-three birds. Mr. J.E. Newell of Cleveland, Ohio, has also been holding his own with the best of them. His best bag is twenty birds picked out of eight covies. Mr. Newell uses a 20 gun. Mr. W.C. Spaulding of New York City, is a recent arrival and he brings a favorite dog with him. Many live birds are being secured which are used for stocking (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), February 20, 1903).

Pinehurst - BL021213SHOOTING SEASON ENDS! Birds In Plenty and Excellent Bags Features of Closing Weeks. Abundance of Birds Left to Breed for Another Season and Prospects for the Future are Very Bright. The quail shooting season of 1902-03 was brought to an end last Saturday, the quail profiting by a day’s additional protection, owing to the fact that the fifteenth fell on Sunday. Philip Randolph, Master Randolph and Edward Conner, of Philadelphia, and C.H. Stanley, of Cleveland, O., spent the day in the field, starting five coveys and bringing in eighteen quail and a woodcock as the result of the trip, and pleasant memories of the work of Mr. Randolph’s pointer, “Queen” and “Pinehurst Dick” which demonstrated very forcibly that birds will lie in March if the dogs work them carefully. During the last four weeks Mr. Randolph and his friends have been much in the field, and some very satisfactory bags have been made. A.C. Tower of Boston, took part in the last day’s shooting, starting three coveys and securing eight birds. C.A. Lockwood, of New York city, and J.D. Wescott, of Union City, Pa., secured twelve quail and four woodcocks on a recent trip, and fourteen quail and two woodcock on another. F.E. Perkins, of Boston, and W.L. Bryant, of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., are credited with thirteen quail as a result of a day’s outing. C.S. Houghton and Benj. E. Bates, of Boston, tried quail shooting for the first time last week and had a rattling day’s sport, starting eight coveys and securing seven quail and a woodcock. Manager H.B. Stillings of the Department Store, and Dr. C.D. Jones, in an afternoon’s hunt secured fourteen quail, killing ten birds out of a covey of sixteen. G.W. Balch of Detroit, Mich., secured nine quail on a short trip, and O.A. Bassett, of Lynn, Mass., eight. “Contrary to the usual rule,” says Dr. C.D. Jones, manager of the Pinehurst Preserves, “the last two weeks of the season found the birds more plentiful and the covies better massed than early in the fall. I attribute this to the fact that the very warm weather during November and December and the birds remained in the shady branches, which offered excellent protection from their natural enemies, the fox and the hawk. “I believe it is the general opinion of those who have been in the field recently that plenty of birds have been left to breed for another year, and that next fall will find the sport better than ever. “We propose to stock abundantly and the plan of planting patches of cow peas for food, will be maintained throughout the preserves. “The year’s work has also developed many of the dogs and the equipment of the kennels is now the very best (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), March 20, 1903).

PERSONAL. Mrs. Amos M. Roberts and Mrs. Elzina Downs of Milton were in town Monday. The latter expects to leave Boston Monday, Nov. 20, for North Carolina, with Dr. C.D. Jones and family, going by sea to Norfolk, and reaching Southern Pines by rail from that point (Farmington News, November 1, 1904).

PERSONAL. As Mrs. Cisco Hart and two sons, of East Weymouth, Mass., were spending a fortnight with Mr. and Mrs. Dana B. Hart at Brookside Farm, a family gathering was given in their honor, Sunday, August 21. Among those present were Dr. C.D. Jones and family, of Milton, and Delta C. Hart and family, of Farmington. Miss Bernice Hart expects to accompany Mrs. Hart in her return to East Weymouth, for a short visit (Farmington News, April 14, 1904).

MILTON. Miss Annabel Harvey has returned to town and is filling her former position as clerk in C.D. Jones’ store (April 22, 1904).

Mary Annabel “Annabel” Harvey was born in North Hampton, NH, November 1, 1883, daughter of Frank J. and Mary J. (Marston) Harvey. She presumably returned from Amesbury, MA, where her parents then resided.

MILTON. C.D. Jones and family left last Friday for their winter home in Pinehurst, N.C. (Farmington News, November 4, 1904).

Dr. C.D. Jones gave over his management of the Pinehurst Preserves for the 1906-07 season (and thereafter) to G. Dan Morgan.

THE MANAGEMENT. G. Dan Morgan, who is so favorably known to sportsmen here and elsewhere as a trainer and handler, assumes the management of the Preserves this season, succeeding Dr. C.D. Jones, and among his assistants is Percival Estes, also well known here through two season’s connection. Estes is a good handler, a tireless hunter and a favorite with all. M. English, well known around High Point, will also be located here in the capacity of a guide, and is sure to be popular. Fred Coburn assumes charge of the Kennels under Manager Morgan’s direction, assuring the same care of dogs which has always been so satisfactory to visiting sportsmen (Pinehurst Outlook (Pinehurst, NC), December 1, 1906).

Charles D. Jones died of typhoid fever in Milton, July 2, 1908, aged forty-four years, nine months, and ten days. (The following obituary attributed the cause of his death to malarial fever).

MILTON. Death of C.D. Jones – Rev. M.P. Dickey’s Farewell Sermon. This community suffers a real loss in the death of Dr. C.D. Jones, one of its leading businessmen and prominent citizens. Dr. Jones has spent his winters in Southern Pines and Pinehurst, N.C., for several years, on account of his wife’s ill health, and he himself has not been a well man for a long time. This year he contracted a case of malarial fever before he started north, but insisted on coming home, and he arrived here about a month ago. Several years ago he dispensed with his drug business. For many years he was town clerk, until his going south made it impossible to attend to the official duties. He leaves a family of wife and five children, the youngest an infant of three months, also a brother, Fred P. Jones, who resides on the old homestead, and a sister, Nellie Varney Jones, a teacher in Oakland, Cal. He was 45 years old. Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday afternoon, which were very largely attended. For a time after his return he was about, and thought to be improving, but about a week before his death his condition became serious and he failed rapidly until his death, Thursday morning, the 2nd. Dr. Jones was the son of Charles Jones and was born on the homestead at Plummer’s Ridge. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and studied medicine and practiced for a while, and also established a store, combination drug store and dry fancy goods … (Unattributed Newspaper Clipping [Rochester Courier?], July 1908).

PERSONAL. Mr. and Mrs. Delta C. Hart and Miss Bessie Hart attended the funeral of Mr. Hart’s brother-in-law, Dr. C.D. Jones, at Milton last Saturday afternoon (Farmington News, July 10, 1908).

Pauline E. (Hart) Jones died of pneumonia (with pulmonary tuberculosis as a secondary cause) in Milton Mills, February 12, 1910, aged forty-four years, and three days.

LOCAL. Mrs. Lena Hart Jones, widow of Dr. Jones of Milton, passed away at her home in that town Sunday evening, of pneumonia, aged forty-four years. Mrs. Jones is survived by four children, the youngest two years old, and by two brothers, Delta and Dana Hart, and one sister, Mrs. Walter Brown, all of this town. The funeral was held at Milton Tuesday (Farmington News, [Friday,] February 18, 1910).


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Author: Muriel Bristol

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