|Birth: ||Sep. 29, 1885|
|Death: ||Aug. 6, 1982|
Mr. Stone was born in Minnesota and moved to Oakland with his parents in 1869. They came to the Fruitvale district near Selma in 1897 and to Kingsburg in 1901. As a young man Mr. Stone took up the masonry trade.
In 1912 Kingsburg was in dire need of a good hotel and Mr. Stone decided it would be good business for him particularly since he could put up a building. The late Albert Lindquist had a small confectionary store on the corner of California and Draper streets which he wanted to get rid of and Mr. Stone had a ranch so they made a trade. The old store was torn down but some of the original floor remained and is still a part of the present hotel building.
The Hotel Stone opened for business on July 4, 1912. The Recorder reported that week, "Our fine new hotel ought to be opened with a house warming in the form of banquet at which a fair price, say anything up to a dollar a plate, be charged with special invitations to local civic bodies and prominent individuals.
Our people are anxious to see this new business start out right and will turn out in large numbers. A program of music, toasts and speeches would fit the occasion nicely."
An attractive young Swedish girl, Vendla Nelson, was employed by Mr. Stone as a waitress, which was the start of a romance that culminated in their marriage in 1915. Shortly after they 'were married Mr. Stone traded the hotel for land in Orosi where they lived until 1918 when they returned to Kingsburg. He bought 80 acres on Avenue 400 where they still live. They first resided in a house that was on the property and in 1934 he built their present home.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone have three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) French of Martinez; Mrs. Melvin (Marjorie) Manley of Selma; Mrs. Forrest (Merilyn) Carlstrom of Kingsburg; and seven grandchildren. All were present for the anniversary celebrations.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone went to Europe in 1952 to visit her two brothers and toured Europe for several months. She brought home some family heirlooms including an old spinning wheel her mother had used and some copper cooking utensils.
Mr. and Mrs. Stone have been active members of the Kingsburg Grange. She is a member of the Eastern Star and Methodist Church and he has been a member of the Masons since 1914.
Mrs. Stone's hobbies include handiwork and examples of her skill such as furniture coverings and carpeting that she made on her own loom are used in their home.
Mr. Stone had a hand in building most of the brick business houses that line both sides of Draper Street and also worked on many of the church buildings.
Charles J. Stone (1855 - 1937)
Hilma Dorothea De Wahl Stone (1853 - 1947)
Vendla Matilda Nelson Stone (1894 - 1979)*
Merilyn F. Stone Carlstrom (1921 - 2008)*
Nina Stone Nelson (1884 - 1937)*
Carl Gottfried Stone (1885 - 1982)
John Fritjof Stone (1889 - 1977)*
Albert William Stone (1894 - 1960)*
Created by: Mark Johnson
Record added: Nov 11, 2010
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