JOHN H. STONE.
Among the natives of the Keystone state who have attained marked success as farmers in Poweshiek county is John
H. Stone, the owner of a valuable farm in Grinnell township, which he acquired through his industry and practical
knowledge of his calling. He was born in Clearfield county, Pennsylvania, March 5, 1858, a son of Linza and Priscilla
(Turner) Stone, the former of whom was born in England and the latter in Pennsylvania. The mother died in 1860,
and six years later the father came west with his family to Tama county, Iowa, and subsequently established his
home in Madison township, Poweshiek county. He died in Tama county in 1895.
John H. Stone changed his residence several times, living in Sheridan township for sixteen years, after which he
settled in Grinnell township where he now lives. He received his education in the common schools, but being the
possessor of good faculties of observation and reflection, he has in the course of his life acquired considerable
knowledge not found in books. His well improved farm of three hundred and twenty acres is under a high state of
cultivation and produces gratifying annual returns. He makes a specialty of raising cattle and hogs for the market
and is more than ordinarily successful, as he has mastered the business in all its details and devoted to it his
In July, 1885, Mr. Stone was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Shadel, who was born in Illinois and is a daughter
of. Thomas and Elizabeth (Stacey) Shadel. Her father was born in Germany and the mother in Switzerland. They came
to this country and were married in Illinois, and later removed to Sheridan township, Poweshiek county, Iowa, becoming
closely identified with the agricultural interests of the county. They are now living at Tama. Mr. and Mrs. Stone
are the parents of six children, namely : Henry E., Fred T., Nellie E., George A., Louis C. and Mary Vivian.
Mr. Stone has been a resident of Iowa since his childhood, and few men in the state have a more comprehensive knowledge
of its agricultural resources and possibilities. He has demonstrated the beneficial results of systematic application
to agriculture and stock raising and ranks among the substantial and enterprising men of the county. Politically
he adheres to no party, preferring to cast his vote independently and be governed by the conditions prevailing
at the time of the election, rather than by any party platform. Fraternally he is a valued member of Sheridan;
Lodged; No. 303, M. W. A.
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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