Policy kings Edward "Big Ed" Jones left and brother George Jones in the center. The Jones boys were the sons of a Black (high yella) Baptist minister from the South who came to Chicago and died shortly afterwards, leaving a widow and three sons, Edward, George and McKissack. From a $16,000 life insurance policy, the boys' mother set her sons up in the taxi cab business, one of the few that operated on the South side. The business boomed and the eldest Jones boy, Edward, drifted into the policy game. He started at the bottom, as a slip runner and, after he had learned the business, persuaded his mother to lend him $15,000 to start his own wheel. She did, and by the late thirties, the Jones brothers' wheel was doing $10,000 to $15,000 a day. It grew because unlike other gamblers in the black neighborhoods, Jones paid off on time and in full. No excuses. The Jones brothers funneled their cash into legitimate businesses and real estate. They purchased the huge Ben Franklin department store on 47th Street, which employed 150 people. However, it was little more than a front for the Jones brothers' policy bank. They also bought an enormous food store at 43rd and Prairie and several large apartment buildings all over the South Side and in the late 1930s they added the Vienna, the Grove, the Garfield and the Alpha to their holdings to go along with their villa in France, where their mother Harriet lived, a summer estate in Peoria and another villa in Mexico, just outside Mexico City, the brothers' favorite vacation spot. #GeorgeJones#EdwardPJones#EdJones#BigEd#JonesBrothers#ChicagoMob#MobHitters
"I love my country, I love my guns, I love my family,
I love the way it is now and anybody that tries to change it
has to come through me.
That should be all of our attitudes.
Cause this is America and a country boy is good enough for me son" - Charlie Daniels
So this was hard to take a picture of by myself but.... I LOVE it!!!! This one was inspired my grandparents and I love it almost as much as I love them. Thank you to @alexanderstairs for making it come to life. #pinkrose#georgejones