Stage Coach, Shinglehouse, Pa

Stage Coach, Shinglehouse, Pa

Oswayo to Ceres NY Stage Coach in front of Jones and Newton Store on the corner of Honeoye and Oswayo Streets in Shinglehouse, Pa

Submitted by Georgia Cooper, photo from the collection of the late Robert C. "Bob" Osborn

I have another good photo of this general Store

One day while searching for more information on the Alonzo S. Newton family line I was able to stumble upon a similar picture of this general store that my great grandfather operated in Shinglehouse, PA and the picture had an interesting caption that read: "This is the Loren O. Prince General Store. In later years the store was know as Jones and Newon. The building stood for almost 150 years before being torn down. A door on the back of the building was dented by throwing a baseball against it. The local believe it was done by Fielder Jones, who later played [and managed] the Chicago White Sox." [He led them to the 1906 World Series Victory against the highly favored Chicago Cubs.]

Now this was all pretty interesting stuff, Fielder Jones, a real professional baseball star and pioneer of the game, had dented the back door of my Great Grandfathers general store with a baseball. But things became even more interesting as I was looking at the 1880 Census researching Frank Newton’s father -- Alonzo S. Newton. As I looked at the enumeration of the 1880 census it revealed that Alonzo had a member of his household by the name of Fielder Jones!

Household Members: in 1880 Census:
Household Members: Name Age
Alonso Newton 56
Laura Newton 34
Alice Newton 23
Clarence Newton 18
Nelson Newton 54
Willard Jones 10
Fielder Jones 8

The next question I had to answer was, Why would my Great, Great Grandfather Alonzo Newton be raising an 8 year old boy named Fielder Jones? The pieces of the puzzle began to fit together when I looked more carefully at the hand written version of the 1880 census:

Here I could see that Fielder Jones and his older brother Willard are listed as “Step Sons” of my ancestor Alonzo Newton. Now I could put together the pieces of the puzzle in a pretty convincing fashion. Alonzo’s second wife -- Laura Parmenter Gilbert Jones -- was a widow when she married my Great, Great Grandfather Alonzo-- and she brought her two young children – Willard and Fielder Jones -- to this second marriage.

So now it had become clear. Alonzo had married Laura Parmenter Jones and in 1880 they are raising their children together. This means that Fielder Jones was a step brother to my Great Grandfather Frank Newton, Sr. And this explained how the back door of my great grandfather’s general store could have been dented by Fielder Jones. This was the house (and general store) that Fielder Jones’ grew up as a boy in Shinglehouse, PA.

However, he's most remembered as the manager of the 1906 White Sox, the "Hitless Wonders." Jones led this group of powder-puff hitters to a surprise AL pennant and then won the only all-Chicago World Series over the highly favored Cubs. And now you know that it all began behind my great grandfather’s general store.

Doug Fox
doug@integrity.net

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