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THE LATE MR. JOHN JONES (IVON). [IJ In the decease of Mr Jones death has robbed our town of one of the most interest- ing of its inhabitants, a man of most varied experience and very extraordinary character. He had an acquaintance with local antiquari- an lore with which none of the presedt gener- Z", ation or that just disappearing could in any way compare. He had a splendid memory, and his readintss in recalling events which he had himself witnessed or others of which he had heard from a variety of sources, made him of inestimable value either in clearing up difficulties or in helping others to set on record the things of long ago. All his store of knowledge was always at the command of anybody who needed it. It was very rarely indeed that he was consulted in regard to local events of the last sixty-five years and was unable to throw some light on questions about which information was required. He had infinite humour and excellent fancy," and these marvellous qualities, which he possessed in such profusion, made him the pleasantest of companions. His ready and keen wit and his bubbling humour are well- known to a very large circle of friends far beyond the limits of our town and neighbour- hood. Amongst friends, each relating to the other, his reminiscences of former years, he sat chief, scattering with a lavished hand his recollections, often to the confusion of those who were privileged to be of the company and around his own hearth, where his nearest friends so often gathered, his utter- ances were listened to and treasured as the sayings of an oracle. Many of these valuable utterances regarding former events in the history of our town have fortunately been saved from oblivion. In his death we have lost a capital narrator of anecdotes as well as an almost inexhaustible store of them. Mr Jones was born on May 10th, 1820. He was the son of David and Hannah Jones, of Bethel, Mynydd Bach, and was brother of the late Mr David Jones, manager for 50 years of the National Provincial Bank. Both brothers possessed the character- istic qualities of men born in that part of our county where they first saw the light. Mr Jones was ten years junior to his brother David. Both brothers received their early education under Owen Morris at Bethel—a man of whom much might be said, an old excise officer who had travelled a good deal more than fell to the share of people of his station in life, a man of rare ability in math- ematics, and particularly strong in penman- ship and in mensuration and gauging. Ivon was never tired of making long references to his old schoolmaster and acknowledging his indebtedness to him. In 1835, Ivon was apprenticed to the late Mr Lewis Jones, Canton House, and father to Mr Lewis Jones, clerk, of Aberystwyth. His employer's establishment was one of the very largest in this town. He had one large place of business at "Canton House" (where Mr Harry Wheatley now lives) and another in upper Great Darkgate street, where the Sailor's Home is now situate. Ivon was mostly fixed at the latter shop. He often referred in very affectionate terms to his old employer, and had most amusing anecdotes to tell about those early years of his apprenticeship. The lad had made the acquaintance of our town some years before beginning residence here. A visit paid in September, 1831, was to him, as indeed it must have been to all intelligent boys, a per- fect revelation. Accompanying his father in search of some literature relative to Sunday School work, he was taken to the late Rev. Edward Jones, and from there to the printing office of Mrs Esther Williams, mother of the late Alderman Philip Williams. And there, in an upper room in the corner of the house now held by Mrs Margaret Samuel, in Bridge street, he first saw a printing press, and Adda Fras, who afterwards became one of his greatest friends, working at it. The old press and the printer made a lasting impression on the lad's mind. Ivon was much interested in the process of printing at the time, inasmuch as his interest had been excited by what he had heard from his old schoolmaster Owen Morris, and an old servant, Mari, who hnd been to Carmarthen and seen presses at work, and brought home marvellous accounts to the lad about what seemed to him deeply mysterious operations. Soon after coming to Aberystwythhe began to apply himself to studying the intricate rules regarding Welsh metres and in this study he was largely assisted by his cousin, Dewi o'r Ddol, a very talented young man, who appears to have taken the whole field of knowledge for his province. Their text books were Bardd Nantglyn's book and Richards' grammar with the prosody at the end. Of Dewi o'r Ddol, as well as of very many others with whom Ivon was thrown in contact, both in his early and later years, many interesting facts might be given. In 1836 the Temper- ance wave swept over large portions of Wales, and our own neighbourhood felt the beneficent influences of the tide. It was in October of that year that Ivon, then mostly residing at Canton House, signed the pledge. He and the late Mr John Ellis, gunsmith, were then fast friends, and both resolved to join the total abstinence band, and both attached their names at the same time to the pledge book, in the house of the late Mr John Matthews, in Great Darkgate street, where Mr Collins now lives. In the early forties the late Mr Edward Edwards (Pen- cerdd Ceredigion) had firmly established himself as a singer and musician of great repute. He bad already formed a choir of whose splendid future there was even then a happy augury. Ivon, though by no means a musician, rendered invaluable service to the choir. Printed music, of anthems and oratorios, was very expensive, and Ivon assisted the conductor in copying out music, which was quite outside the financial power of the choir's members to procure. Ivon also wrote temperance hymns, and translated ] others from English into Welsh, which were sung in processions, which were in vogue even in those early years of the temperance < movement. It was through the kind offices < of copyists like Ivon and the Pencerdd" E that thy Mmiah, The Cnatwrh Elijah, < Mozart$Twelfth Mass and other masterpieces were first performed in Aberystwyth. Ivon never forgot the pleasure he derived from the music, and the Pencerdd never forgot his indebtedness to the copyist. Both were firmest friends to the end. September of 1897 removed the veteran singer and con- ductor, and September of 1898 took from us his life long friend and stalwart supporter. Though as has been said Ivon was not a professed musician, he had taken an interest in music very early in life, and had attended lessons in classes held by the old teacher in Church Psalmody, Dafydd Siencyn Morgan; and as in other departments, so in this, he had a very great knowledge of the early musicians of the vicinity-the Rev Evan Rees, Billy Collins, Dafydd Roderick, &c. NEW AND OBSERVATIONS:'



















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