Louise Hunt and Janet Milne, late 1930s, at the Petrova Rink. Adirondack Daily Enterprise, December 15, 2001 Born: September 7, 1919

Died: April 3, 2001

Married: John H. Jones

Children: Jack, Jim, Sue and Genny

Janet Milne won the 1938 North American Speed Skating Championship, she was also an expert figure skater. She later moved to Bristol, Connecticut.


Lake Placid News, May 18, 2001

Janet E. (Milne) Jones, 81

NAUGATUCK, Ct. Janet E. (Milne) Jones, 81, widow of John H. Jones, died on April 3 at the Beacon Brook Health Center after a brief illness.

Mrs. Jones was born on Sept 7, 1919, in Plattsburgh She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary (Dutton) Milne.

She was a retired employee of Uniroval Inc.

In 1938, at the age of 18, she competed in the North American Speed Skating Championship. She made the U.S. Olympic Team but was unable to compete because of World War II.

Mrs. Jones was an accomplished seamstress who loved making Halloween costumes for her children. For numerous years her children placed first in the annual Halloween Costume Parade in Naugatuck. She was also an avid bingo player.

She is survived by one son, James Jones of Naugatuck; two daughters, Susan Swan of Norwalk, Ohio, and Genevieve San Angelo of Naugatuck; one brother, Ralph Milne of Tupper Lake; one sister. Mildred Glazier of Arizona; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Jack Jones, and her close companion, Adrian Prenoveau.

Evening candlelight services were held on April 11 at Salem Lutheran Church in Naugatuck Private burial was in St James Cemetery

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church in care of "Little Smiles for Many Friends," 14 Salem St., Naugatuck CT 06770.


The Record-Post Ausable Forks, February 3, 1937

Saranac Lake Girl Wins Championship

Janet Milne, Saranac Lake high school skater, won the Mohawk valley championship, at a meet in Albany last Friday night when she earned the women's honors by defeating Louise Hunt also of Saranac Lake,in a special 440-yard skate off. Janet won the 880 while her school companion was victorious in the 220.

A reader adds: "She now has a Great Grand-daughter named after her. Marc and Amy Marcellus of Firestone Colorado are the proud parents of Avery Milne Marcellus. She was born on September 27, 2012. The future of skating for little Avery Milne is uncertain at this time, but there is the great possibility that she will carry on her great grandmothers spirit and talent...both on and off the ice."


Lake Placid News, January 12, 1940

FORMER NORTH AMERICAN TITLE HOLDER RETIRES

Janet Milne Hangs Up Blades for Married Life—Youngest Holder of N. A. Crown

Mrs. John Jones, the former Janet Milne of Saranac Lake, who rose to the top in women's speed skating, recently announced her retirement from the sport.

The one time holder of every major crown in the East has hung up her silver blades for the 1940 season, but says, "I don't know whether I can keep away from the sport or not. I'm still young and might try a come-back next year."

At the age of only eighteen in 1938 Janet won eight successive titles and topped it off by winning the North American championships. She is the youngest woman ever to win this coveted title.

Competing for only a period of four years the former Plattsburg lass now has in her possession 30 trophies and plaques as well as 75 medals, but prizes the North American trophy above all.

She came from a skating family. Her father, Ralph Milne, and her uncle, Carl Milne, both of Plattsburg, were skating champions in their own day, and uncle Carl still remains co-holder of the world's barrel jumping record. She also has two brothers and two sisters who show signs of emulating the Milne ability on skates.

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