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Richard Lloyd Jones. WHS Image ID 3879
Richard Lloyd Jones, Madison, Wisconsin, August 1916 ca. WHi 3879

Remembering Madison: the Lloyd Jones Family Album

From about July 1911 until August 1919 the Richard and Georgia Lloyd Jones family lived in Madison, Wisconsin. During their time in Madison, Richard (1873-1963) and Georgia (1875-1967) took photographs of their three children, their two homes (941 Harvey Terrace and the exterior and interior of 1010 Walker Court, now Rutledge Court, on the north shore of Lake Monona) as well as their neighbors, relatives and one prominent out of town visitor — Booker T. Washington when he lectured in Madison. They recorded family excursions in their automobile to the Henry Vilas Zoo, the University of Wisconsin campus, the State Fish Hatchery, Tenney Park, Brittingham Park on Monona Bay, the Yahara River and its chain of lakes, and possibly the first airplanes to land in Madison. The primary photographer, probably Richard Lloyd Jones, documented the city's railroad lines and stations, public and private buildings, homes, street scenes and winter scenes. When the family moved to Tulsa Oklahoma in 1919, they drove by way of Janesville and Chicago, taking photographs along the way.

Sometime after settling in Tulsa, the Lloyd Jones family created the Madison Album containing 117 pages with one or more photos per page. Most of the photographs (5" x 3" or smaller) look like "snapshots", while those depicting the exteriors and interior of the the family's Madison homes (8" x 6") appear to have been taken by a professional photographer. Captions in white ink — several of which are quoted with the photographs — probably were written when the album was compiled and others, typed on white paper labels, were added later, possibly after a return visit to Madison, his boyhood city, by Richard's younger son, Jenkin, and Jenkin's daughter, Georgia Lloyd Jones Snoke. Following her father's death in 2006, Georgia donated the Madison Album to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Richard Lloyd Jones (1873-1963) was born in Janesville Wisconsin and grew up in Chicago, the son of Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones and Susan Barber Lloyd Jones. He attended the University of Wisconsin from 1893 to 1894 and graduated from the Chicago Law School in 1897. He was an editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine(1902-03) and writer and associate editor for Collier's Weekly (1903-1911) in New York City before he bought the Wisconsin State Journal from Amos P. Wilder, moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and became its editor and publisher. Richard was a friend of Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette Sr. and championed progressive causes in the newspaper. He hired William T. Evjue as city editor, but after a six-year friendship, Evjue and Jones parted company, primarily over their differing views on La Follette's opposition to American involvement in World War I. Evjue, who supported La Follette while Jones opposed the Wisconsin senator and former governor, left the Wisconsin State Journal and in 1917 started The Capital Times which, along with the Madison Democrat, competed with the Wisconsin State Journal for readership and advertising. In 1919 Jones sold his Madison paper to the Lee Newspaper Syndicate, bought the Tulsa Democrat, (which he later renamed the Tulsa Tribune) and moved his family to Oklahoma.

Richard Lloyd Jones married Georgia Hayden of Eau Claire, Wisconsin on April 30, 1907.

Their first child, Richard "Dick" Lloyd Jones, Jr., was born in 1909 in Nyack, N.Y and died in 1982. Their other children were son Jenkin "Jenk" Jones in 1911 (died in 2004) and daughter Florence, also born in Madison; known as "Bis" or "Bisser", was born in 1913 (died in 2004).

Richard Lloyd Jones's cousin was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1928 Wright designed a house for the family in Tulsa, which they called "Westhope". Many of Richard's descendants still live in the Tulsa area.

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