Margery Eloise Jones

Name: Margery Eloise Jones (Kummer)
Birth Date: June 17, 1916
Birth Place: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Death Date: August 24, 2008
Death Location: Evanston, Illinois, USA


Eloise Jones grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and came to Evanston in 1941 to attend Northwestern University. A talented singer and actress from an early age, Jones found her calling in Chicago radio in its heyday in the 1940s. She starred in many radio dramas and had her own twice-daily radio show. Jones was also a pioneer in early television and did many commercials and voice-overs. Some of her television shows include leading roles on The Guiding Light, Right to Happiness, Author’s Playhouse, The Bartons, Modern Homemaker and The Breakfast Club. Jones was also active in many Evanston organizations including the Guild of the Evanston Historical Society, the Evanston Preservation League, and the University Guild.

Organizational Affiliations:

  • Northwestern University
  • University Guild
  • Evanston Preservation League
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Father: Martin Kummer
Mother: Clara Loesing
Children: Josseph Martin Jones and Amanda Clara Jones-Hartnett
Education: University of Wisconsin; Grade School and High School Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Night School at Northwestern University, Illinois (Bachelors of Education)
Years in Evanston: 1941-2008

Sources: Evanston History Center House Cards: 1412 Judson Avenue. : 1920, 1930 and Social Security Death Index. Amanda Jones-Hartnett(daughter); newspaper clippings from scrapbooks; Google Books: Billboard magazine: July 27, 1946, p. 15; 1974 Spring/Summer publication by Chicago Historical Society (also Google Books)