• Claude C. Jones Jr., owner of DeSoto Abstract Company, DeSoto County’s oldest business, is celebrating his firm’s 90th year of continuance existence. Jones is in the hospital this week recovering from surgery but that doesn’t reduce his fervor for the historical aspect of his business. Jones’ grandfather, John L. Jones, founded the business on April 18, 1889 and was followed in ownership by his son, Claude C. Jones Sr., in 1934. Claude C. Jones Jr. became company president in 1958 following his father’s death. “We are one of the oldest businesses in the state with continuous family ownership for this length of time,” Jones said.
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