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Archives: 1918 Pandemic

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Carol Fuller Collection on B.R. Jones

About the Diary Excerpt

In 1918, B.R. Jones, retired Bishop of the Free Methodist Church, chronicled his daily activities.  The retired 73-year-old minister also describes World War I news and the spread of the pandemic in the Pasadena, California area.

Note:  Only the last quarter of 1918 is included in this collection as it pertains to the pandemic.


About Burton R. Jones

Burton R. Jones was born on December 3, 1845, in New York.  About a year after his conversion in 1865, he was given an exhorter’s license by the Free Methodist Church and started preaching in his father’s home.  He received his first appointment in the Michigan Conference in 1867 and served as pastor and district elder for 23 years, as well as teaching at Spring Arbor Seminary.    He then served as editor of the Free Methodist Church for four years before being appointed bishop.

“In his domestic life he met much sorrow”.  In 1869 he was married to Miss Ella M. Boyd who died six years later.  In 1877 he was married to Mary E. Sandford who also died after a period of six years.  In 1895 he was married to Miss Helen M. Hart, daughter of E.P. and Martha Hart, until his death.  (Master Workmen, 1960, p. 99)

In April, 2020, the FM History Update published by the Marston Historical Society, highlighted the diary here.

For more in-depth information on the life of Burton R. Jones, see below:

1918 - 1919 Pandemic Source Material

Jackson, Michigan 1918 Pandemic

Transcriptionists Wanted

Interested in transcribing all or parts of this diary, please email Susan Panak.