Herbert Jones Collection

Collection Summary

Title: Herbert Jones Collection
Call Number: MS 81-03
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by Jones' daughter Carolyn Bachelder
Processed by: RMK, 9-29-1981; SMC, 5-7-1998; MN, 12-2008
Note: Digital collection, Herbert Jones Collection
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

The Herbert Jones Collection consists of photographs, clippings, and memorabilia concerning the career of Herbert C. Jones, the founder of the first bus line in Wichita. Included is a diary, circa 1869, from his father, W. B. Jones.


Herbert C. Jones was born in Wichita on June 24, 1884. In 1915, while working for his father at the Jones Milling Company, Jones established the first bus line in Wichita by equipping a 1915 Ford with a wooden body that could hold up to 70 people. Jones operated the Wichita Motor Bus Company out of the Jones Milling Company at 917 East Douglas, and expanded the company to include 15 vehicles. During World War I, when the price of gasoline rose to 25 cents per gallon and tire prices rose to nearly 80 dollars each, Jones decided the venture would no longer be profitable, so he sold out to his drivers. Jones continued working at his father’s milling company and took over operation of the mill when his father died.

Always interested in mechanical objects, Jones was the inventor of an automobile compass and a lawn mower known as the “Jones Speedi-Cutter.” Both compass and lawn mower were produced at the Jones Milling Company plant, which Jones continued operating until his death on October 29, 1979. At the time of his death, Jones was Wichita’s oldest Rotarian, having joined in 1923. He was also deacon emeritus of the First Baptist Church in Wichita, where he had been a member since 1897.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 W. B. Jones diary and account book, 1869-1870
Box 1 FF 2 Jones Automobile Drawings
Box 1 FF 3 Jones Seed and Milling moving notice
Box 1 FF 4 Clippings
Box 1 FF 5 Photographs of Jones auto compass
Box 1 FF 6 Photographs of Jones Milling Company, 917 East Douglas
Box 1 FF 7 Photographs of Jones Milling Number 2
Box 1 FF 8 Photographs of W. B. Jones and Family
Box 1 FF 9 Photographs of Kleinsmith and Jones Mill
Box 1 FF 10 Photographs of Wichita Motor Bus Company
Box 1 FF 11 Unidentified Photographs
Box 1 FF 12 Jones Kracked Wheat cereal bag
Box 1 FF 13 Wichita Motor Bus Company tickets