JONES-WASHBURN MOTOR COMPANY
Jones-Washburn Motor Company. Among the ambitious young business concerns of Piqua, one which has made rapid strides forward since its inception in 1916 is the Jones-Washburn Motor Company, the proprietors of which are Victor R. Washburn and John Edward Jones. This company has recently completed new quarters, erected on Ash Street, and this is perhaps the best service station and display room to be found in the community. Victor R. Washburn was born at Celina, Ohio, December 20, 1890, a son of James M. and Elizabeth (Kretisch) Washburn. One of his parents' four children, he was educated at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind., and after his graduation therefrom became associated with his father in a retail business. Subsequently he was a retail automobile salesman, and in 1916 came to Piqua, where he became associated in business with Mr. Jones. Mr. Washburn has an honorable army record, having served seven months at San Antonio, Tex., as a member of the Motor Transport corps during the World War. He is a young business man of ambition, energy and resource, and has made an excellent impression upon the public and upon those with whom he has come into contact in the course of business transactions. John Edward Jones was born at Columbus, Ohio, November 16, 1892, a son of Edward M. and Emma (White) Jones, and a brother of Robert W. Jones. After graduating from the Columbus High School, he was variously employed until 1912, when he received his introduction to the automobile business in his native city. In 1916 he came to Piqua, where he became associated with Mr. Washburn in the founding and subsequent development of the Jones-Washburn Motor Company, this concern being agents here for the Dodge automobile. Mr. Jones was in the United States Army for twenty months, during twelve months of which time he was overseas, and saw active service on the Meuse-Argonne front during the great World war. Like his partner, he is a young man of marked ability and fertility of resource, and has established himself firmly in the confidence and respect of the business men of the city of his adoption.
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