(1) Senator Reuben Jones Dead.
He Drops Dead in Atlanta This Morning.
The House and Senate Adjourn as a Mark of Respect for the Dead.
Special to the Evening Herald.
Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 31. - Senator Reuben Jones, of Baker county, dropped dead in this city this morning.
The cause of death is supposed to have been heart disease. An inquest is being held by the coroner.
The Senate and House both adjourned this morning in honor of the dead Senator.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been perfected.
Source: Albany Weekly Herald, Albany, Georgia, Saturday, November 5, 1892; Pg. 5, Column 1
(2) Senator Reuben Jones of the ninth district, dropped dead Monday morning 31st ult., on Capitol avenue. He had been over to the capitol for his mail, had returned to his boarding house to get some papers, and as he was leaving the house to return to the senate chamber he staggered and fell dead. Senator Jones was 64 years of age, the oldest member of the senate. He lived in Baker county and was a highly respected citizen. He was a brother of Primus Jones, who was known as the first cotton bale planter of Georgia. Resolutions of respect to his memory were adopted and both houses adjourned.
Source: Union Recorder, Milledgeville, Georgia, November 8, 1892; Pg. 6
(3) Particulars of the Sudden Death of Senator Reuben Jones, which was announced in a special to yesterday’s HERALD, the Atlanta Journal of yesterday evening brings the following additional particulars:
The State Senate Chamber is in mourning.
One of its oldest and worthiest members died suddenly this morning.
“Senator Reuben Jones has dropped dead,” was the startling news which was heard on the streets early this morning.
The Shadow of Death.
Death had in truth robbed the State Senate of a most worthy member.
Col. Reuben Jones was dead.
He spent last night at the home of one of his brothers in West End.
This morning he came to the city and went to the residence of Mr. Pinson, where he had engaged board.
He put away his valise and stood awhile on the front gallery laughing and chatting.
About time for the electric car to pass he left the house and walked toward the street.
Not more than thirty steps were taken when he staggered and fell.
When his side was reached, he was dead.
He was taken into the house and Dr. Hunter P. Cooper sent for.
The physician stated that his death must have been instantaneous.
Was Always Healthy.
Colonel Jones was always considered a very healthy man.
Indeed, death came like a bolt of lightning when he was in the best of health.
Yesterday he was perfectly well. This morning he ate a hearty breakfast and was never in better spirits.
He Was Delayed.
Senator Jones was not present when the Senate convened, being detained at the bedside of his aged mother who was very ill.
A seat in the Senate was drawn for him and when he arrived he expressed his thanks.
He represented the Ninth District, composed of the following counties: Calhoun, Early and Baker. His home was in Newton, Baker county.
His Near Relatives.
Colonel Jones has two brothers living in Atlanta, Mr. Chan Jones on Pryor street, and Mr. E.C. Jones, who resides in West End, and with whom he spent the day yesterday.
The late Primus Jones, of Georgia, was one of his brothers.
Mrs. W.H. Newsome, of Lee county, and Mrs. Williams, of Macon, were his daughters.
The late Mr. Chan Jones, who died in Albany two years ago, was his only son.
His Wife Was Coming.
Colonel Jones’ wife will arrive today. She did not leave home to come to her husband’s funeral, but was coming to be with him in Atlanta during his term in the Senate. She will meet her devoted husband in death.
A Sketch of His Life.
Colonel Jones was born in Wilkes county, Ga., in 1826. From there he went with his father to Meriwether county. His early education was received at Greenville, Ga., and he completed it at Princeton, N.J.
Later his family moved to Chambers county, Ala., where he remained on his father’s farm for ten years.
About twenty-five years ago Colonel Jones married a Miss Blount, of Alabama.
After his marriage he moved to Baker county, in southwest Georgia, where he has since lived.
He was a consistent and prominent member of the Methodist church, and was actively engaged in Sunday school work for twenty-eight years.
He served in the State Senate in the years 1871-74. He was elected to serve again a few months ago.
He owned very valuable property in Atlanta.
Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury.
The verdict of the coroner’s jury was that the deceased came to his death by either a heart or brain disease.
Arrangements for the Funeral.
The funeral will occur to-morrow afternoon at 3 o’clock. The remains will be buried in Atlanta at Oakland.
Source: Albany Weekly Herald, Albany, Georgia, Saturday, November 5, 1892; Pg. 3, Column 1