Yesterday afternoon, a couple of friends and I went for a drive. After driving around the countryside for a bit, we stumbled upon the remains of an old 1800’s homestead. It consisted of the ruins of a couple of old buildings and this house. After getting permission to check it out, we went in, looked around and took a few pictures. Here are some of my favorites, along with a little history I found on the place!
The house was built in 1878 by the Doctor William B. Jones. In the Flint Hill’s, the 1870’s was considered a very prosperous time as towns were planted, cattle ranches grew, and railroads spread rapidly.
Dr. Jones was born on May 5, 1836 in Fleming County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Strahn, of Fleming County also, and they had seven sons. Dr. Jones practiced medicine in both Missouri and Kansas. He died in February of 1905 and is buried in the Baxter Springs Cemetery.
July 17 Update – This little tidbit came from a comment left on PGC’s Facebook page by my uncle. Thanks!!
“A little more info on the WB Jones house. As you know, it’s owned by Doyle Creek Cattle Co. (formerly Strait Ranch). They refer to it as the Savage place. My Grandpa Savage (your great great grandpa) grew up there. Remnants of the old one room school house he walked to are a couple miles to the north and west on 110th (just east of ranch HQ). We were in Ottawa last week and ate at a Mexican place called Pancho’s. there were paintings for sale on the wall…one was of the WB Jones house.”
As you can see in the picture above, there was an engraving above the top window. (At least I think it was a window!) The engraving says “Doctor. W.B. Jones. 1878”
I love the stonework!
It was surprising, for such an old house, how it was still standing straight and quite solid! (Or at least the walls were, part of the floor was burned in an area.)
And a side view of the house.
It was great looking around at this place! There are stories I’m sure that could be told about what happened in there. I would love to hear them, if possible!