W. S. & E. C. Jones Trust
The W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust generously provided grants for school field trip subsidies. These subsidies covered the cost to visit Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia. (Jones Trust brothers and founders Walter S. Jones, right, and Evan C. Jones, below, are pictured during leisure activities.)
Walter and Evan Jones, who grew up on a farm near Lebo in Coffey County, managed a cattle operation during their lifetime. When Walter married in 1911, his wife, Olive, became involved in the partnership. Their wills provided a trust to be used for medical assistance for needy children in Lyon, Coffey, and Osage counties. Education benefits were added in 1961 and in 1974, the W.S. & E.C. Jones Foundation was established to manage the administration of grant requests for medical and educational programs.
The W.S. & E.C. Jones Trust, Bank of America, Trustee, awarded a $100,000 grant to be used at Red Rocks. The grant will be paid in five annual $20,000 installments and will expand the site’s audience base through schools. The site is operated in cooperation with the non-profit William Allen White Community Partnership whose president, Tom Eblen, commented, “This generous gift ensures that future generations of Kansans will continue to discover and appreciate the impact William Allen White had on Kansas and American history.”