Eva Blanche Bader Jones

1866 – 1944









Benjamin Chester Bader




















Ann Williams


































Individual Facts:








































06 May 1866 in Lemonweir, Juneau Co., Wisconsin

















13 Jun 1944 in Ten Sleep, Washakie, Wyoming

















Ten Sleep Cemetery, Ten Sleep, Washakie, Wyoming, Lot 88D owned by Frank Bull































Shared Facts:


Charles Merlin Jones


























30 Nov 1889 in O'Neill, Holt, Nebraska, USA

















Mellie M Jones

















Lloyd Jones








Thomas L Jones








Charles Merlin Jones Jr.








Mary Jones








William M Jones








Eva Blanche "Sis" Jones




















































Person Notes:


EVA BADER JONES (Pioneer Homemaker)

    Eva Blanche Bader was born May 6, 1866 in Nebraska to Ann Williams Bader and Benjamin C. Bader into a family that grew to ten children.  When she was a teenager, she was crippled with meningitis.  She and Charles M. Jones were married in 1890 when she was twenty-four, and he was twenty-five.  As far as can be discerned, she was the first of the Baders to come to Ten Sleep.

    In 1885, Charles M. Jones had started a small, log cabin on Lower Nowood, then left during the dreadful winter of 1886 and headed for Nebraska expressly to see Eva Bader.  It was 1890, however, before he and Eva were married.  Wyoming was a state then and the couple made their home in the Ten Sleep country.  Charles finished the log house and did an extraordinary  job of it.  The house still stood in 1965.  Their six children filled up the little log house rapidly; Charles, Jr., Tom, Mellie, Mary, Blanche and William Jones.

    As a homemaker, the spunky Eva was not only capable but wonderfully creative.  Despite her handicap, she filled the role of pioneer wife and mother with amazing resourcefulness and pride.  It is, in fact, Eva B. Jones's many innovations that are discussed in the Territorial Lifestyle section of this book

    A few are mentioned here:

How to:

    Starch - Grate potatoes into crock, pour water over them.  After soaking for a length of time, the potato was skimmed off the top, the thick white sediment in the bottom was then cooked and became starch.  It was not spray starching, but it worked.  Eva's sunbonnets and that of her daughter were stiff.

    Throat spray - One teaspoon of flowers of sulpha, a funnel of writing paper, a careful pursing of the lips and a deftly blown breath was sulpha spray for a sore throat in 1888.

    Dried vegetables - Vegetables place on a rack of mosquito netting and covered with the netting were left in the sun.  When they began to harden, they were put in sack on clothesline, the housewife shook the bag and the drying vegetables moved about so that they dried evenly.  Soaked for 24 hours prior to using, they were delicious and welcome in the long winters.


The lifestyle of Eva B. Jones as given by her daughter, Mellie, in 1965-66 is quoted below;

    "Sugar came in 100-pound sacks -- a white muslin within a burlap sack.  The inner sack of muslin was used to make curtains and bedspreads, the brown burlap and other rags became rugs which were hooked together with a celluloid comb.  Stockings came in brown and black.  These were used for the border of the rug.  In the center of the rug, she wove a design of blue morning glories or of red roses, the little loops pulled up by her celluloid hook were then clipped and the rug became a shag.  These she placed over her white floors.  They were not painted white but were scrubbed white.  If lye to clean floors were not available she went to the washouts in the hills and brought back the sand.  Floors scoured with Ten sand were white as if cleaned with lye.

    Unbleached muslin bedspreads with ruffled valances were feather-stitched in red marking cotton.  The artist homemaker then drew and painted a tree limb in the center with two red cardinals perched on the limb of the limb and/or a blossom or two from the apple tree was sketched and painted.

    White, dotted-swiss, hoop skirts of her trousseau, became curtains, fresh and starched, ruffled and embroidered with red marking cotton.  The unprecedented settler brought to her surroundings a beauty and  cleanliness which reveal her sensitivity.  Her cabin on the Nowood was not simply a shelter but a flawless refuge from pioneer provincialism.  

    Several items in her home showed her artistic gift in craft.  Unbelievable usage was made of the  commonplace and a home bloomed under her skilled fingertips.  Since she could neither bend nor walk without a limp, she walked on her tiptoes and carried her head high.  Her log home had been built to fit her and all implements of household labor were waist-high.  The ironing board, the work table and even the stove propped on rocks were at waist-level.

    After her husband ceased to return to Ten Sleep, Eva Blanche Jones lived on the bend of the Ten Sleep river not far from Tuck Keaton's eagle nest in still another log house.  She became terminally ill in 11944/45 and was bed-ridden for several months.  She passed away in her home (as her mother, Anne Williams Bader, had done in 1919) with her children at her side. SOURCE: Vanguards of the Valley: A History of the TEN SLEEP COUNTRY by Faye V. Bell, 1987, pages 509-510.

1910 United States Federal Census about Eva Jones

Name: Eva Jones

Age in 1910: 43   Birth Year: abt 1867    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Home in 1910: Basin, Big Horn, Wyoming

Race: White Gender: Female

Relation to Head of House: Wife

Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Charles M Jones

Father's Birthplace: New York     Mother's Birthplace: Wales

Household Members:

Name Age

Charles M Jones 46 M

Eva Jones        43  F

Nellie N Jones 18 F

Thomas F Jones 13  [18]  M

Charles M Jones Jr. 10 M

Mary E Jones  6 F

William M Jones  4 M

Eva B Jones    1 F


1920 United States Federal Census, 25 Feb., family 10, about Eva B Jones

Name: Eva B Jones

Age: 53 Birth Year: abt 1867   Birthplace: Wisconsin

Home in 1920: Election District 3, Washakie, Wyoming

Race: White Gender: Female

Relation to Head of House: Head

Marital Status: Widowed [Widow]  

Father's Birthplace: New York     Mother's Birthplace: Wales

Household Members:

Name Age

Eva B Jones 53

Thomas Jones 23

Charles Jones 20 [23]  

Mary Jones 17 [19]  

William Jones 13

Blanche Jones 13