5th Annual Jones Holiday Dinner in Sperry, Dec. 10

Dear Joneses:

We can confirm that the 5th Annual Jones Holiday Dinner will be held Saturday, December 10 in the Sperry UPC annex. We will start gathering at about 10:30 a.m. and go as long as you want to stay.. maybe 3:00 or 4:00 p.m. We will try to start serving food sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Donnie Marrs and I are furnishing two big smoked hams, cooked to perfection by national champion Buffalo’s Barbecue of Sperry. Other items needed are: alternate types of meat, covered dishes, veggie trays, potato dishes, desserts, salads, soft drinks and chips, as well as paper plates, napkins and plastic ware, etc. There will be no charge for anything, however we will accept a small donation from each family for the church to cover utilities, ice, coffee, etc. As in the past, optional dress code will be pioneer, Quaker, farm or cowboy/cowgirl. Hopefully you and yours can make it, but we understand that the holiday season can be a very busy one for each of you.

P.S. Please email me an estimate of the number of your family members who might be attending the dinner. We are encouraging everyone to bring and share photographs, as always.

Happy Early Thanksgiving from Larry and Donnie.

Armistice Day, November 11, 1918

From Deck and Lottie

Dexter & Lottie Jones with Kids: Loyd, Marion, Ruth, Orpha & Emitt

(L-R)The Jones Family: Loyd, Dexter, Marion, Ruth, Lottie, Orpha, Emitt

Deck and his family went into town on November 11th 1918 expecting to say good bye to Deck Jones as he was leaving for the army. When they arrived in town, they were told World War I was over. The kids were all in new clothes sewn by Lottie. So they decided to have a picture made.
Bertha Mae Jones Hurley, Loyd?s daughter share copies of this with everyone at the reunion this past weekend.

Good reunion

Thanks to all of you who could break loose and spend the day Saturday at Sequoyah State Park. We had a great turnout (about 70) and the air conditioning was “mahvelous”. The surrounding park was beautiful, and while driving through the pines to the facility, I spotted about a dozen wild turkey hens scavenging through the pine needles. Several people came to me and told me they really liked the facility, and asked me to book it next year. I will research all of the available camp sites at the park, including the group camp facility. I plan to try to set aside a “room block” at the main lodge (Western Hills Lodge). There are cabins and several prices of rooms, and if a few families really want to make a full weekend event at the park, they could reserve one of the rooms. Since we are not at the mercy of Lutherhoma to book particular weekends, we can be more flexible with our dates. Some have suggested a cooler time of the year while school is out. My first thought would be for a date around the third weekend in June. I realize that any date during the summer would be vulnerable to certain ones being on vacation. One influencing factor would be the availability of facilities at the park. Give me your thoughts on the date change.

Thanks to everyone for the plaque, card and the hand-carved cedar cane crafted by our patriarch Uncle Johnny, and presented to me just before lunch. It was a show of appreciation for the 35 enjoyable years I have spent as the organizer of the reunion. This made my weekend and my year, and I truly was overwhelmed by the gesture.

Larry

From 2011-08-20 Jones Reunion 2011
From 2011-08-20 Jones Reunion 2011

The 45th Annual Descendants of Ransom Jones Reunion

Lutherhoma out….Sequoyah State Park in.

Dear Joneses:

Yesterday I received the new contract from Lutherhoma and was shocked to
find rate increases that I feel to be unaffordable. Camp Director John
Busch had assured me that the rate increases would be very modest, but I
guess his superiors overruled him. Since we have struggled over the years
to collect the $5 per person for the Saturday camp visit, I felt the new
rate of $11 for the Saturday session was over the top. Lutherhoma’s weekend
rate more than doubled… from $21 to $44. Therefore, at the risk of
ruffling a few feathers, I had to scramble to find a workable alternative
and destination for this year’s 45th Descendants of Ransom Jones Reunion.
At the upcoming event, we can discuss plans for future reunions, so I would
like everyone to come prepared with a suggestion or two on future locations.

For this year, I have booked the Cherokee Pavilion at Sequoyah State Park (8
miles east of Wagoner) for Saturday, August 20. The total charge for the
group for the weekend is $150 plus a refundable $100 cleaning deposit. Plan
on spending $4 for each person you bring age 5 and above. If our attendance
is good we can probably lower it to $3. We can have access to the building
from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. The building is air conditioned and has an
attached screened-in area that should work well for overflow conditions.
The facility is 2400 square feet including the screened-in area. There are
55 chairs and 16 eight foot tables furnished. I suggest we all bring a
couple of lawn or folding chairs to finish out the requirement, as we have
had as many as 100 guests in past years. There is a food prep area
consisting of a counter some 10′ long with sink and cabinets. There is also
a residential type refrigerator. This means we need to bring ice chests to
keep the food until time to serve. Closer to time for the reunion we will
call for volunteers to bring extra ice, etc.

The Cherokee Pavilion is located some 200′ from the Fort Gibson Lake water’s
edge and there is a boat ramp nearby. Just outside the pavilion entrance is
a brand new state-of-the-art bath house with modern showers and handicap
accessible toilets. There are RV pads with electric and water available…
only a few feet away that rent for $25 per night through the headquarters
office. Some of you may wish to come down Friday night and park your rig,
and have access to your RV during the day for naps, etc…..or stay
overnight Saturday into Sunday to relax the next day at the park.

I have attached photos above, and will send a map of the park in a separate email.

From Sequoyah State Park

>Click here for larger version of the map<
Let’s make the upcoming reunion a great one and future ones even greater.
Thanks for your understanding and participation.
Larry (quite contrary) Briggs

John C. and Kathleen Jones

WHAT: Surprise 70th Wedding Anniversary Party

FOR: John C. and Kathleen Jones

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: New Life Tabernacle, 13107 West 41st Street, Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Please inform any extended family members who are not on the e-mail list.

NO Gifts!

Refreshments will be served.
Come by, spend time, and help us celebrate 70 years of marital bliss.

Janice Switzer, Cliff Jones, and Ron Jones