Mar., 1916 Kansas City Wyandotte County Kansas, USA
In 1901 a full page biographical sketch with photograph of Alonzo H. "Lon" Stone was published in The Biographical Record of Jasper County, Missouri. From a genealogical perspective, the meaningful portions of the sketch can be reduced to the following with [annotated] corrections.
• Mr. Stone is a native of Wright [sic, Ozark] county, Missouri, and son of Thomas Stone, who removed from middle Tennessee to that county in 1852 [the Stone family never resided at Wright County, MO.] [Thomas] served as sheriff of Ozark county, Missouri, for four years, and his death occurred at the early age of sixty-two [sic, age 55 at Galena, KS.] The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Nancy Murphy [sic, Murphree,] was a native of Tennessee and a daughter of Dr. Murphy, of Robinson county, Tennessee [no evidence exists that this is true.] The son, Lon Stone, came to Joplin in February 1872. He immediately engaged in mining pursuits principally as superintendent for large and important companies, but has also prospected on his own account. At one time he leased the Nicholsville ground, and earlier worked on Parr Hill. He was ground superintendent for the John Jackson Mining Company at Whitwood Hollow, of the Comfield ground, and for the past three years has been superintendent of the Prince mine, in Chitwood. He was united in marriage with Miss Lina Chambers, a native of Ohio, and have a beautiful residence in Joplin. Five children have graced this marriage: Iva the wife of F.M. Holder of Joplin; Elmer and Fred, who are engaged in mining with their father; Don; and Reitha.
Alonzo H. "Lon" Stone, s. of Thomas B.S. Stone and Nancy Ann Murphree, b. at Ozark County, Missouri in July 1853 (mother's pension file and g.s.) He d. in Mar. 1916 at Kansas City, KS while residing with the family of dau. Ivy M. (Stone) Holder. His widow d. there in Dec. 1920 while still residing with dau. Ivy.
On Jan. 30, 1876 at Joplin, MO (by Rev. R.W. Morgan), Alonzo m. Adeline "Lina" Leota Chambers, dau. of John Chambers and Elizabeth Watson, b. Jan. 10, 1857 at Biglick Twp, Hancock County, OH. They had the following known children.
• i. Ivy Maria Stone, b. Jan. 20, 1877 at Joplin, MO, d. in Oct. 1964 at Kansas; m. Apr. 19, 1896 at Joplin, MO (by Rev. A.N. James), Francis Marion Holder, Jr., s. of Francis Marion Holder and Caroline E. Gibbs, b. in July 1871 (1900 census). Three known children of the family.
• ii. Elmer Ernest Stone, b. Nov. 19, 1879 at Galena, KS (WWI draft reg.) versus the year 1880 stated by his gravestone, d. Aug. 4, 1949 at Kansas City, KS; m. Oct. 29, 1902 at Carthage, MO (by Rev. J.W. Stewart), Ada Ethel Burdick, dau. of Joseph Morton Murdick and Anna Mary Locey, b. 21 June 21, 1883 at Diamond, MO. She d. Feb. 18, 1961 at Kansas City, KS. Two known children of the family.
• iii. William Frederick Stone, b. Mar. 30, 1881 at Galena, KS. On Sept. 12, 1918 he was unmarried and residing at Wichita, KS where he named his mother at Galena, KS as his nearest relative (1918 WWI draft reg.) No further confirmed record can be found for him.
• iv. Don Stone, b. in Oct. 1887 (1900 census) at Joplin, MO. He purportedly d. in Nov. 1923 at either Kansas City, KS or Kansas City, MO.
• v. Reitha Lee Stone, b. in Nov. 1893 (1900 census), d. Aug. 14, 1947 at Mount Vernon, NY; m. Oct. 24, 1918 at Lake County, Indiana, Harold Hull Griswold, b. Nov. 12, 1886 at Meridan, CT. He d. Aug. 10, 1950 at Mount Vernon, NY. Two children of the family.