Agnes Grace Jones, “Miss Aggie” as she was affectionately known, was the daughter of Edith and Walter Jones. She was a resident of Mandarin from 1898 until her death in 1992 at the age of 94. Miss Aggie was an independent, strong-willed, confident woman who possessed a deep sense of community and a charitable heart. Part entrepreneur, part community activist and part social worker, she had the business acumen to run a successful grocery, the organizational skills to become Mandarin’s Postmistress and a reputation for helping her fellow man in time of need. She was the last of her family to live in the Webb/Jones farmhouse which is located in the Walter Jones Historical Park.
“Miss Aggie” Day is celebrated and an award is given annually to a female resident who has contributed to the Mandarin community in the areas of business, civic, educational or charitable accomplishment. The candidate’s contributions may be specific deeds or an accumulation of actions over a period of time. Recipients need not be “experts” in any particular area but might be known or recognized for their sense of community, their caring attitude or individual accomplishments.
The Mandarin Museum & Historical Society will accept nominations for this award from any interested party and will make a determination as to the suitability of the nominee under the established criteria. The recipient will be notified prior to the award announcement and will be asked to participate in publicity activities and related media coverage. Miss Aggie Day, which honors the recipient as well as Agnes Jones, will be held on a Saturday in March (TBA) at the historic Mandarin Store and Post Office.
Application Deadline: February 20, 2017
PLEASE SEND TO:
P.O. BOX 23601
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32241
THE APPLICATION MAY ALSO BE EMAILED TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
We were very pleased to honor long-time Julington Creek resident, Sarah Bailey, who was our 2016 recipient of the Miss Aggie Award. Sarah has been an active member and leader in this community for decades and has made an impact that is hard to measure. She has touched many lives.
Few people know and live Mandarin history like Sarah Bailey. For more than 55 years Sarah has owned Needmore Land & Cattle Company on Bishop Estates Road, and from from the late 1960s to the early 1980s she and her husband John hosted the regional Girl Scout Day Camp at their ranch. During her years as a St. Johns County Commissioner, 1982-94, she served on regional Jacksonville-based infrastructure committees, always emphasizing natural resource protection and the cultural history shared between Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society, and has offered leadership and dedication to the Environmental Education Resource Council. She is an authority on the history of Mandarin, Julington Creek and Fruit Cove.
2013 Miss Aggie Award Recipient