Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


Bob Jones is the genial, hospitable proprietor of Hotel St. George, Santa Cruz, which is the popular all-the-year-round hotel of the famous beach city of central California. He was born June 4, 1876, in western New York and is the son of C. L. and Jennie (Van Valkenburg) Jones. Mr. Jones is in every sense an American, coming from old Revolutionary stock, his mother's ancestors having located in the city of New York when it was known as New Amsterdam, while his father's forbears settled in New Orleans and other southern points as early as 1702. His grandfather came to California in 1846, arriving in San Francisco in 1848, but several years later he returned to his family in the east, leaving a younger brother on the coast, who two years later was killed in an encounter with a grizzly bear.

On account of the death of his father, when he was but four years of age, Bob Jones did not have the early opportunities for an education at school and from books but had to learn what he could by buffeting with the world and in the hard school of experience. He started at a very early age to earn his living as a newsboy on the streets of Chicago and later worked his way up the rounds in news-paperdom, at the same time working nights as hotel porter and clerk. Mr. Jones came to the Pacific coast in 1904 and has been prominently identified with the hotel fraternity of California ever since, operating hotels in Los Angeles, Mendocino county, Lake Tahoe, and now at Santa Cruz.

When twenty-one years of age Mr. Jones was married and is the proud father of Mildred Jones, now Mrs. Earle Brown of San Francisco, and James H. Jones, who is associated with him in the management of Hotel St. George. Mr. Jones was married in 1914 to Miss Elaine B. Colling, a native daughter. They are lovers of the great out of doors. They reside at their beautiful country home, "Pogonip Lodge," overlooking the golf links, and it is famous as one of the most beautiful homes on the Pacific coast. They also have one of the finest ranches in Santa Cruz county, comprising two hundred and fifty acres, known as the Hotel St. George ranch. This ranch is the home of the now nationally famous St. George herd of Duroc-Jersey swine.

Mr. Jones is president of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club and is also serving his fifth year as president of the Santa Cruz Golf and Country Club.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.