Correspondence, technical manuals, product catalogs, and photographs from Leo Jones' two businesses, Fargo Company and Saber
Leo Hugh Jones was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1926 and moved with his family at a young age to Stockton, California. He attended
the University of Santa Clara for 3 years then took a job selling air conditioners in 1948. Jones continued his education
with extension and night classes from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of San Francisco until 1949.
He never completed the requirements for a degree, instead starting up the Fargo Company in 1950 at age 24. In 1957, Jones
married Helen R. Kenny. Leo Jones was an avid boat enthusiast, often inviting law enforcement and political dignitaries on
his boating excursions. He was also a relentless perfectionist, as was evident in his correspondence. He was closely involved
in the shaping of eavesdropping laws; engaging in a letter writing campaign, making arguments to political and law enforcement
leaders and providing expert testimony to congressional committees.
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