BENJAMIN HOSLEY STONE.
Benjamin Hosley Stone, son of Walter C. Stone, and his successor as the proprietor and editor of the Advance Journal
of Camden, was born in this city, February 9, 1875. He attended the Camden union school from which he was graduated
with the class of 1894. In the meantime he had spent two years, from 1889 until 1891, at the Cornwall Heights School,
a preparatory school at Cornwall-on-Hudson, conducted by his uncle, Rev. Carlos H. Stone. Following his graduation
he entered his father's newspaper office and st.ationerv store and was his able assistant in both branches of business
until admitted to a partnership. As he became familiar with the different phases of both branches of the business
his father gradually turned over to him the task of buying stock and managing the store and printing office. For
several summers before his father's death he was left in entire charge of the business during the father's absence
of six weeks or two months in the west. He was made executor of the estate and as such managed the business and
in the fall of 1909 purchased both the printing office and the store. The Advance Journal had always been a four
page paper and in 1909 there were nine columns to the page. On the 1st of July, 1910, it was changed to a six column,
eight page sheet. During the summer of 1911 the building in which the paper was published was purchased by B. H.
Stone and the business office was improved on its removal to the rear of the building, giving more space and better
light. The Advance Journal is a publication of which the town has every reason to be proud. It advocates the welfare
and upbuilding of Camden and the surrounding country and its support is of a practical, helpful nature. In addition
to the fact that it is largely devoted to local news there is also a good general news department and an intelligent
discussion of the vital interests and questions of the day.
On the 3d of January, 1898, Mr. Stone was united in marriage at Bishop's Mills, Ontario, Canada, to Miss Rachel
Jane Cochran, who was educated at the district schools and at the Kempvile high school. Their children are: Walter
Cochran, born October 14, 1900; and Irma, who was born April 27, 1903, and passed away on the 3d of April, 1904.
Mr Stone is now treasurer of the Camden board of trade. In politics he is a republican but not an active worker
in the party. In 1896 he joined the Royal Arcanum with which he was connected for a number of years, during which
time he filled several of the lodge offices. He then withdrew and in March, 1910, became a member of Camden Lodge,
No. 718, I. O. O. F. He is an active member of the First Presbyterian church and was superintendent of the Sunday
school three years, and for a number of years was a leading worker in the Christian Endeavor So. ciety. A lifelong
resident of Camden, Mr. Stone is widely known here and his strongly developed traits of character are such as command
confidence and respect in every land and clime.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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