Editorial: Name new Casey school 'Jones Park Elementary'

January 12, 2004

Architectural plans are in progress and a tract of land for a new school in Eastern Casey County has been purchased.

Now, it's time to name the new school, which will house pupils in the Middleburg and Garrett elementary school districts.

We think it would be appropriate to name the new modern facility - Jones Park Elementary School - for former owners of the land where the school will be located on Ky. 70 between Liberty and Yosemite.

It would be much better than naming the school after Board of Education members as was done the last time new elementary schools were built in the county.

After all, the Quince Jones family was interested in education and provided a place for children and adults to enjoy tennis and outdoor sports on the land where the school will be built. The Joneses also had a hand in establishing the elementary school in Middleburg.


Jones was affiliated with the old Middleburg Normal School and he and his wife, Belle, were among several private citizens who bought the old college which became Middleburg Graded School. It was deeded to the trustees of Middleburg Common Graded School District No. 1 in 1915.

Four of the seven children of Quince and Belle Jones became educators; one married a dean at Texas A&M University, and another was a banker and farmer. Playing tennis at Jones Park probably was the reason one of the Jones daughters played on the Berea College tennis team.

The Jones playground was referred to as Jones Park, and was a place for neighboring families to enjoy picnics in the early 1900s, according to a former neighbor.

When the new school opens in 2005, one of the old oak trees on the property will be a reminder of the bygone days when children gathered a century ago to enjoy a game of tennis or baseball.

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