On Dec. 1, 1943, another of the Bureau’s retired employees,
Calvin W. Jones, passed
away at his former home in Lake City, Iowa, after almost reaching
the age of 70.
Mr. Jones was born on Jan. 9, 1874, at Panora,
Ia., and came to Lake City, Ia., with his parents at the age
of 9. After graduation from high school and the Capitol City
Commercial College at Des Moines, he worked with the Waters
Nursery Co. in Des Moines and later with the Utah Southern Railway
at Salt Lake City. He entered the Coast and Geodetic Survey
on Jan. 23, 1900, as a clerk in the Accounting Division, where
he remained until his retirement on June 30, 1941.
… He was an ardent bowling fan and spent
almost every moment away from his garden in perfecting his technique.
In fact, one Saturday afternoon he bowled about 30 games in
succession, just to keep in trim. He was one of the founders
of the Bureau’s bowling league and Captain of the Accounts
Team for many years.
Many amusing incidences are told about his
reckless driving and on one occasion when he was taking a group
out to his place, not only did he nearly scare them to death
by his narrow escapes from collision, but he ran out gas, leaving
them stranded while he scoured the neighborhood for a few quarts
of the precious fluid.
Another time, while busily discussing last
night’s bowling score in the cafeteria line-up, he grabbed
a bowl of salad dressing and had nearly downed it all before
he discovered that “soup didn’t taste just right.”
Many of the field force are familiar with Mr.
Jones and his little notes regarding their accounts. In fact,
one of them called him “Disallowance Jones” which
title soon traveled far and wide because of his careful examination
of their vouchers.
He was a grand admirer of Mr. Jim Griffin,
the former chief of the Division accepting everything he said
as law – which sometimes put quite a strain on Mr. Griffin’s
After his retirement, Mr. Jones spent almost
two years at his home in Virginia; then sold it and went to
live with his brother in Lake City, Iowa, in September of this
year.. He had been in ill health several years prior to his
retirement but upon returning to Iowa, he seemed to improve.
However, he became much worse on November 20, passing away on
the 1st of December. He is survived by only one brother, John
B. Jones of Lake City.
The Bureau extends its deepest sympathy to
Mr. Jones and mourns the passing of another of its “old-timers.”
“The Buzzard,” Vol. X, No. 52, pp. 4-5. December