Biography of John E. Stone
Madison County, NY Biographies





Stone, John E., son of Erasmus and Helen Ten Eyck (Schuyler) Stone, was born in Salina, Onondaga county, N. Y., November 16, 1833. His father was in early life a contractor, and later a merchant in Syracuse; he moved his family to Oneida in 1840, and kept the Railroad House until 1844. Subsequently he established himself in the drug and grocery trade in Oneida, and also was extensively engaged in supplying wood to the New York Central railroad company. He established the post office in Oneida and was the first postmaster; he also served as justice of the peace, and was a man of importance in his time. He died in November, 1878, in the seventy ninth year of his age. John E. Stone was educated in the public schools, and at the old Oneida Academy. When twenty years old he engaged in the business of supplying the Central railroad with wood for engines, and ties, an enterprise in which he continued successfully seven years. supplying partially the stations at Chittenango, Canaseraga and Oneida. Following this period he was for two years engaged in the manufacture of lumber in the northern part of Madison county where he had acquired considerable woodland. Mr. Stone had a large amount of real estate in the county, and his deals in real estate have been extensive. He purchased the block on Madison street where his store is now located in 1865, and the following year began the dry goods business which he has ever since continued. By the admission of his son, Willard E. Stone, in 1889, the firm name took its present form of John E. Stone & Co. Mr. Stone is one of thee oldest business men in the village, and a valued citizen. He has avoided all public office, having given all his time and attention to the development of his business. In 1860 he married Henrietta F. Harden, and three children have been born to them: Willard E., Charles M., and Mrs. W. G. Hill.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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