|Birth: ||Dec. 27, 1855|
Dalarnas lšn, Sweden
|Death: ||Oct. 18, 1937|
Carl's surname in Sweden was Hellsten. When he came to America he dropped the hell which means hail, as in salute, and Anglicized the sten to Stone. He also changed his first name Charles to Carl.
Carl attended what were called the common schools in Sandviken and Hammarby. He learned the blacksmith's trade at his father's shop in Sandviken. He wanted more education, however, and went to Uppsala where he took the regular normal school course at the Seminary during 1877-1878.
Mr. Stone came to the United States in 1881. He stayed in Brooklyn for a few months, and then went to Minneapolis, Minnesota and started working as a brick mason, a trade he was to pursue off and on for the rest of his life. Two of his sons followed the same trade when they grew to manhood.
On February 5, 1882, Mr. Stone married Miss Hilma Dorothea de Wahl in Minneapolis. The couple bad been engaged prior to Mr. Stone's leaving for America. They moved to Ishpeming, Michigan where Carl resumed his old trade, working in the blacksmith shop of the Burch Company, iron manufacturers. In 1884, they returned to Minnesota and bought some land in Sherburne County, where they lived while he worked as a contract builder in Minneapolis.
In 1889 the Stones moved to Oakland, California, and Mr. Stone worked as a contractor and builder. In 1897 the family moved to Kingsburg. Mr. Stone first purchased 40 acres near Selma. The family lived there while he improved it. Next he sold the 40 and bought 160 acres of partially improved land near Kingsburg at the corner of Academy and Kamm Avenues. There he built a two-story home. Meanwhile he was improving the land. At scene time, he gave 20 acres to each of two of his sons, and sold the balance at a fair profit.
Mr. Stone bought the packing plant of the old Kingsburg Packing Company in Block One of the Wristen Addition in Kingsburg. He later sold the building to the North Ontario Packing Company. Stone actively supported the predecessor of Sun-Maid Growers.
Taken from A Bit of Sweden in the Desert by Pauline Mathes
Hilma Dorothea De Wahl Stone (1853 - 1947)*
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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