About Grace Frost Jones

Grace Lucile, daughter of Winifred and William Frost was born March 16, 1910 at Box Elder, South Dakota. The family moved to Fort Pierre, South Dakota in 1915 and Grace attended school and graduated with the class of 1928. That summer she enrolled at Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls, Iowa where she earned a two year teaching certificate. She taught in rural and public schools in South Dakota until her marriage to Lloyd E Jones in 1937.

Lloyd and Grace moved to Cedar Falls so that she could finish her college degree. They lived in Waterloo, Iowa until July 1944 when they moved to Manson and purchased interest in the Manson Journal. She began writing the Mother's Diary before she moved the children and household to Manson. It came from a suggestion of a friend who said that she write of her family and daily doings just as she did in her letters. She kept the column going in that same vein throughout her 23 active years in Manson.

Grace Frost Jones died Thursday, June 15, 1967 at the University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lloyd continued as editor and publisher of the Manson Journal until his retirement in 1986 when he sold his controlling interest of the 113 year old weekly newspaper to Dudley Printing Company.

About Jones Family

Lloyd and Grace were the parents of six children: Nancy, Stephen, Bruce, Dale, Martha and Rebecca. Nancy lives in Davenport, Iowa and is a retired elementary school teacher teaching for more than 40 years. Stephen married Sandra Davis, also from Manson, and now lives in Roseburg, Oregon. He and Sandy are the parents of two children, Angie and Jennifer and have three grandchildren. Steve is a virtual Boeing employee who works from home and gets into the plant only three or four times a year. Bruce married Janice Brooks in 1962 and also have two children, Craig and Christopher and have six grandchildren. Bruce is semi-retired and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Dale married Deb Wallace, also of Manson, and lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dale has two step children and two grandchildren. Dale is the sports editor for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Martha married Jay Watters and lives in Davenport where she is a network administrator for an engineering firm. Rebecca married Mark Christy and also live in Davenport Iowa and they have three children, Gillian, Adam and Lindsay. Becky is a teacher in the Davenport School systems and most recently teaches at West High School.

About The Manson Journal

The Manson Journal was a weekly newspaper in the small northwest Iowa town of Manson, Iowa. It is now called the Calhoun County Journal Herald and is published by Gary Dudley, Dudley Printing Inc -- Ron Stugis is the Editor. It continues to be published weekly but now includes the towns of Manson, Pomeroy and Palmer, Iowa.