John George, Jr. was a man who knew the value
of hard work. His father came to America from
Wales to work in the coal mines around Jackson,
John George, Jr. joined his father at a
young age and later worked in a brickyard,
digging clay and "pitching" bricks.
The youthful experiences hardened John, Jr., for
the harsh shocks of a competitive world. His will
power drove him to see and take advantage of
all about him. He carefully chose his
place in the world at the age of 17 when he went
to work for the Jackson Daily Citizen in 1875.
In the course of a surprisingly short time he had
sky-rocketed from an apprentice to advertising
manager. He went on from there to become a
partner in the Jackson Daily Citizen and later
owner of the Jackson Morning Patriot. He traveled
around the United States and found that Jackson was the place that he preferred most. Jackson was
John, Jr. returned to Jackson and later become
editor and manager of the Citizen Press, and in
that capacity he displayed more vividly than in any
of his earlier opportunities those attributes which
made for his great success.
As a newspaper editor, John George, Jr., was a
robust figure in the community. He fought for the
news and for the advertising of the community with
an energy which appalled his competitors. In 1918
the Citizen Press bought the Patriot, becoming the Citizen Patriot. Not long after, Mr. George, then
past sixty, retired from active direction of the paper,
but continued to be a striking figure in the Jackson
Since he was forced by reasons of family economics to work in the mines when very young, he never
went far in formal schooling. He continued with
informal education all of his life and had the
utmost respect for higher education. He also
believed that "the Lord helps those who help
themselves" and encouraged responsibility.
John George, Jr., was convinced of the value of
education - a conviction he held firmly in his mind.
When he prepared his last will and testament, the
great bulk of his large estate was dedicated to the encouragement of higher education among the
youth of his home community, and the John George Student Loan Fund was established.
Thus, the descendant of a humble Welsh
coal miner is today making possible for
future generations the educational and
cultural advantages which he was