Jones, Fred | 1965
- Birth and Death Year | 1892-1971
- Induction Year | 1965
- Profession | Entrepreneur
- Oklahoma Connection | Jones came to Oklahoma to work as a stockboy in the new branch assembly plant of Ford Motor Company in April of 1916.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
Fred Jones took his first job in Oklahoma City with the Ford Motor Company as a stockboy and made 35 cents an hour. He returned to the plant after World War I as manager of the wholesale department.
“[Fred Jones] is one of the state’s most important industrialists, who has not only contributed much to Oklahoma City, but to Oklahoma as well.” - Oklahoma Governor Henry Bellmon, 1966
Orphaned at an early age, Fred Jones was born in Georgia but lived with his aunt in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he graduated from Business College. He came to Oklahoma City in 1916 to work in a new and major assembly plant of the Ford Motor Company. Following his service in World War I he returned to the plant and, in 1920, took charge of the Blackwell Ford dealership. He bought the store at Tonkawa in 1921 and a year later sold both dealerships and returned to Oklahoma City where he established a new dealership at 220 West Reno. By 1926, at the age of 34, Fred Jones was the largest Ford dealer in the southwest. As president of Fred Jones Industries, he owned Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and the Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Norman. When he died at the age of 79, Fred Jones Manufacturing Company in Oklahoma City was the largest of 29 authorized Ford remanufacturing companies in the nation.