I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ira Jones, an active Huntsvillian and good friend of my family. Mr. Jones was active in the scientific community at Marshall Space Flight Center but made a name in my mind for his work with Historic Huntsville Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving historic structures in North Alabama as well as owning and operating one of the southeast’s oldest continuously operating hardware stores, Harrison Brothers, on Southside Square.
Mr. Jones and his wife, Billie, were also in a love affair with their historic home, Quietdale, located off of Meridian Street near Lee High School. Built by the family of Madison County’s high sheriff, Quietdale has witnessed much of the history of Huntsville, standing from the eras of cotton farming to the space industry.
One of the things the Mr. Jones loved most was a 100+ year old field of daffodils on the property. They don’t
know how the daffodils originated but speculated that there was once a nursery or greenhouse on the property. That’s one of the joys of living in an historic home- discovering hidden treasures over the years and investigating how or where that gem originated. Today, one day after his funeral, I saw this article on About.com. How appropriate to remember the Jones family and to highlight everything in its season. From death comes life, and the daffodils of Quietdale are blooming.