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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
The Joneses - Lee Otis Jones

Lee Otis JonesBorn July 9, 1902, died October 31, 1986. He is buried at the Indian cemetery, Ponca City, Oklahoma, across from his father, Joseph Hubbard Jones.

Lee Otis Jones was a rare person who was gifted with many talents and with deep searching intelligence. This picture accurately depicts his personality. To the average person he appeared to be a simple man but in reality he was a very complex man. One had to be constantly alert to grasp the meaning of some of his teachings through stories. From where came the gift to come into the very secret person of one's psychic who knows. It may have been an inherited set of genes stemming from his Welch ancestry. Also, Bellzona claimed to be a descendant of General Lee and there are stories about how he was gifted with an ability to entertain children with story telling. Lee was totally against a materialistic society and lived his belief. Probably his having been raised among the Osage was partly responsible for this. Possibly, Bellzona's parents and grandparent's Quaker persuasion may have contributed to this too. When he died his possessions were so few it was almost unbelievable. However, for his whole life he guarded these pictures, always keeping them safely hidden away. About two years before he died, he began pulling them out, writing on the back the names and what dates he knew, and telling of the circumstances surrounding the picture.

His inventions made life much easier while living in rural Oklahoma. He was a believer in "harnessing" the wind for electricity. The ranch place in Osage county ran this way. The rotary engine Mazda used he had used years before it was commonly marketed. His last work was a puzzle to him and he could never quite solve it, although he worked on it for many hours. Time turned into the years while he tried to complete the thing. It was dealing with the creation of energy through momentum with the use of magnetism. He experimented with many different methods in an effort to accomplish the motor he wanted to run without fuel. The most successful model was using magnets set on hinges so they opened and closed as they came around a wheel. This balancing and over balancing would carry the wheel around until the next set of magnets reached the top of the wheel and it's own momentum would carry it on around. The thing ran but not smoothly. Eventually the jerking motion would slow and stop the movement. If he had lived in a peaceful world without the harassment of daily living, probably he would have accomplished this task.

Lee loved the land. He was grieved by the destruction through pollution of the many beautiful streams in Oklahoma. He left me with a great appreciation for the wild plants growing in the area. Orange trees, avocado trees, any seed poked in soil grew for him and he fed the leaves with rain water, daily. Although he could have been severely scarred by the many sad events with his family, his love of music, art, literature and nature kept him stable and happy.



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