Nathan Jones had gone from a 23-year-old small town electrician to a regional utility magnate. He built a big company and made a fortune. He was a philanthropist. He had a model dairy farm and a stable of show horses and a private airplane.Continue reading
Chleo Jarvis, age 32, had lost her husband. They had met in 1916 in Larned, when Ralph was 22 and Chleo 16. They married in December 1919, just over 11 years ago.
Chleo mourned her loss.Continue reading
Did you hear? Ralph Jarvis died this afternoon.
He was out with the horses. He came into the house and told Chleo he didn’t feel well. He retired to the bedroom.
Shortly, he yelled for Chleo. He died at 3 o’clock.Continue reading
Are you sitting down? Did you hear about Ralph Jarvis? He’s not working for Nathan Jones.Continue reading
In December 1930, a month after they returned from their trip to Longview, Ralph and Chleo Jarvis bought a farm on the southwest edge of Salina.Continue reading
Here’s the story of another big deal in 1930. In October, a celebration was planned for the grand opening of the gas system in the city of Longview, Washington.
This was a high-profile utility for the Public Utility Investment Company, and the company was going all out for the grand opening.
The market had crashed in October 1929. But Nathan Jones’ empire had ambitious growth plans.
When the new year of 1930 dawned, there were big deals in the works.Continue reading
The stock market soared throughout the Roaring Twenties. In August 1921, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 63. By September 3, 1929, the Dow had risen to 381, an increase of more than 600%.
And then it crashed.Continue reading
In 1928 and 1929, Public Utility Investment Company continued to thrive, growing even faster than before. Acquisitions increased several hundred percent during these two years.Continue reading
Ralph and Chleo Jarvis settled into a new way of life in Salina. They were in a home of their own.Continue reading