Bill Jones, the official Winnsboro Historian, studied history and government at East Texas, Commerce, and eventually taught school in Longview and El Paso. Returning to his hometown of Winnsboro in 1981, he continued his love of history, getting involved in several historical organizations and forming the Preservation League in 1983. The first historical marker was placed at the intersection of Main and Pine Streets, where the town of Crossroads, later to become Winnsboro, was established. Bill was also one of the founders of the Rock Gym Preservation Committee and was instrumental in saving that beautiful old building.
In 1983, Bill was the chairman of the Winnsboro Historical Society, and in 1990 he became President of the Wood County Historical Society, a position he held for ten years. Through all of those associations, Bill gathered stories about the people and places and events that are significant to Winnsboro through interviews with descendants of early settlers, as well as detailed research. He put those stories in columns that he wrote for The Winnsboro News; The Center Fold, a newspaper for the Winnsboro Senior Citizens’ Center; and a newsletter for the Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. He also had a monthly radio show, “Look Back in History,” on KWNS 104.7FM, a Winnsboro radio station.
With Maryann Miller, he wrote Images of America: Winnsboro for Arcadia Publishing, released in 2013, and Reflections of Winnsboro, released in 2017.
Other Jones credentials include membership in the Winnsboro Heritage Society, Mineola Heritage Association, Friends of Governor Hogg Park in Quitman and the Native American Fellowship of Northeast Texas.