James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The trials and tribulations of quarry ownership continued. The Delta Herald-Times, 17 Nov 1911 reported:

On Thursday afternoon, the 9th. a heavy body of slate rock and earth fell from the north side into the old "Big" quarry operated by the R L Jones Slate Company. Fifteen men had been working in the quarry, but warned by the fall of a stone, they all got into boxes or buckets and were quickly hoisted to the surface Their escape was most fortunate, as they had scarcely cleared the way when the whole bulk of rubbish fell with a thunderous sound.
Incidentally, that newspaper also included a snippet that probably concerned Isabella: "We want to acknowledge the receipt of some very fine pears among other fruits of the soil, from Mrs. R. L Jones, some of the pears weighed as much as a pound."

The Delta Herald And Times, 8 Nov 1912, reported: "Some changes have recently taken place In the management of the R. L. Jones Slate Company; J. Hayden Jones is now quarry superintendent and Arthur L. Jones has charge of the sales department."

Isabella continued to live in West Bangor; in the 1910 census hers is the penultimate entry for Peach Bottom Township. The Delta Herald-Times, April 12, 1912 reported, Mrs R L Jones returned to her home in Delta, after spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Geo E Smith, Narberth, Pa. This was her eldest child Emma who appears to have became known as Eleanor in adulthood. It may be that Isabella regular spent time staying with her after Robert’s death, particularly after Eleanor too became a widow in 1913.

In 1917 Isabella had to face the prospect of her youngest son, Idris Robert Jones, going off to fight in WWI - he enlisted that June - and the death of her eldest son, John Hayden Jones, that July, following his mental illness and admission to Harrisburg lunatic asylum. At the same time she was struggling with ill health and she died on 5 August 1917.

Her obituary, which appeared in Y Drych, reveals something of her character as well as the circumstances of her death and a translation can be seen on the next page.