[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 07:07:31 :

San Rafael Independent
Friday, April 6, 1969
Page 1

Historian Loren Ethan Jones Dies

Loren Ethan Jones, 72, an amateur historian who was considered an expert on American presidents, die at his home yesterday after a long illness.

The Marin County coronerís office said Jones, who had a heart condition and emphysema, apparently died of natural causes. A routine autopsy was pending at Keatonís Mortuary.

Jones, a native of Aberdeen Wash., became an expert on statistics about the nationís presidents as a hobby and in 1961 his expertise led the Information Please Almanac to change its tally of electoral votes cast in the history of the U.S. The almanac admitted it was wrong and Jones was right. He also caused Collierís Encyclopedia to make changes in its count.

Jones came to California in 1921 and operated a purebred Jersey dairy in Penngrove. He developed an inbred (sic) of Jerseys that was the youngest herd in the United States to average over 500 pounds production of butter fat.

Later, he moved to Marin County where he worked as a truck driver and a janitor at the San Rafael Military Academy. He had lived for many years at 724 B Street, San Rafael.

Jones is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Norton, both of Napa.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Keatonís Mortuary.

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