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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Hatchery mural under way

  • Jeff Jones, a Neosho artist, was putting some of the finishing touches on what will become a mural for the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
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  • Jeff Jones, a Neosho artist, was putting some of the finishing touches on what will become a mural for the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
    Jones painted in the visitor center on Saturday while the Rainbow for Veterans Fishing Derby was in progress.
    The painting is a "normal" sized painting which will be electronically enlarged to fit on a wall in the hatchery bookstore.
    The painting depicts the "fish car era," when fish were transported in tin milk cans. The hatchery was established in 1888, partly because the railroad came through near the proposed hatchery site and gave transportation routes.
    Jones visited with the public on Saturday, heard many comments and stories about the hatchery. He painted near the display of a fish car uniform that was given to the hatchery by the Jackson family, which has a long history of service at the Neosho facility.
    Several old photographs of this era are still around, some showing hatchery men loading the buggies which were used to transport the fish from the ponds to the rail cars. This scene is part of the Jones painting.
    The painting is sponsored by the Newton County Tourism Commission and will become the newest of several murals in the county.
    Jones says he is very proud to be the artist who is doing the hatchery mural.
    "I think people seeing the painting brought back impressions of something they had forgotten," he said. "I was glad to share and interact with everyone and look forward to having it on the wall in the bookstore."
    For his wonderful talent and his love for the hatchery and all Neosho history, Jeff Jones is this week's good neighbor.
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