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Chapter 4


How To Keep Up With The Joneses

“How To Keep Up With The Joneses” is a book written by Donna Jones Flood, who grew up on the Prairie in the Osage of Oklahoma. Mrs. Flood said she got her start in writing her book, when her aunt, who lived in Guymon came to see her dad and told her she was going to leave her something. Her aunt died that year and Donna received a letter from her cousin saying: “Mother wanted you to have these notes.” These notes were the beginning of a book Donna has put together featuring many short stories about her and her family’s life.

Donna’s late brother was Paul Jones of Grainola. The ‘old home place’ is in Grainola and with the permission of the gentleman who has leased the property, Donna has obtained a slow and methodical step by step work toward restoration of the old home.

Her immediate family will be paying for the preliminary work on the property, cleaning, weed control, spraying, etc.

Donna said she would eventually like to make a museum of the old home place. She is the granddaughter, niece and daughter of the men who originally built the old Jones place in Grainola. The estate was built in 1920. This is just one story Donna shares in her book.

Donna’s daughter teamed up with her to save and share histories of the Jones family. These true stories were handed to Donna over the years. Some are from memory, but others were kept as notes, although scattered and disorganized.

Donna’s daughter, Kay Flood Loya organized, typed and put the material into the computer.

They hope the traditions the Joneses practiced over the years can be passed down to everyone in the way of short stories that are entertaining and informative.

Books are available at Clifton’s Gift Shop in Pawhuska and at the Review office in Shidler.

The Review has permission to take short stories from the book and publish tem from time to time.

Donna has started on her second book and is also an artist, painting on canvas. As a child, she started painting on paper and later the opportunity came to study with many outstanding artists in Dallas, Tx. She says she owes her learning of techniques to these artists. At the age of 70, she is still painting and teaching.


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