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The Herbert Jones digital collection consists of photographs, clippings, and memorabilia concerning the career of Herbert C. Jones, founder of the first bus line in Wichita. In 1915, while working for his father at the Jones Milling Company in Wichita, Kansas, Jones figured out how to equip a 1915 Ford with a wooden body that could hold up to 70 people. He later 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 was no longer profitable and sold it to his drivers. He continued working at his father’s milling company and took over its operation when his father died. Always interested in mechanical objects, Jones invented an automobile compass and a lawn mower known as the “Jones Speedi-Cutter.” Both inventions were produced at the Jones Milling Company plant, which he continued operating until his death in 1979.

Wichita Motor Bus Company bus

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