Biography of Warren S. Stone
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WARREN S. STONE, who maintains his home and official headquarters in the City of Cleveland, is grand chief of the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a preferment that indicates alike his ability and his personal popularity.

Mr. Stone was born at Ainsworth, Iowa, on the 1st of February, 1860, a date that gives evidence that his parents were pioneer settlers in the Hawkeye State. The genealogy of Mr. Stone traces back to Holland Dutch stock and also sterling ancestry in the north of Scotland. Solomon Stone, or Stein, which was the original spelling of the family name, came from Holland to the United States and settled in Ohio, whence he later removed to Indiana, where he passed the remainder of his life. His son John, father of him whose name introduces this review, was born in Indiana, where he was reared to adult age and received the advantages of the schools of the locality and period. As a young man he made'his way on a flat boat down the Ohio River to its mouth, and thence voyaged on a small steamboat up the Mississippi River to Muscatine, Iowa. From that place he drove overland, a distance of thirty miles, to Washington County, where he purchased a tract of unimproved land, near Washington, the county seat. He reclaimed one of the productive farms of that section of Iowa, and continued to give his attention to farm industry during the remainder of his active career. He died at the age of eighty four years, one of the venerable and honored pioneer citizens of the state to whose development he contributed his quota. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Stewart, was born near Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, her father, John Stewart, having there settled after coming to the United States from his native Scotland and having been a direct descendant in the line of the royal Stuart clan of Scotland. Mrs. Stone likewise attained to venerable age and her death occurred in Iowa when she was eighty three years of age.

After having gained practical discipline in connection with the work of the home farm and through the medium of the public schools of Washington County, Iowa, Warren S. Stone advanced his education by attending Washington Academy and later Western College, an excellent Iowa institution of learning. He was in his nineteenth year when he initiated his association with railroad operations. On the 27th of September, 1879, he entered the service of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, in which he passed through grades of promotion in the operating department until, on the 12th of April, 1884, he was duly constituted a locomotive engineer and was given assignment to a run on that railway system. He made a record of effective service during the years of his active career as an engineer, and that he has gained and retained the confidence and esteem of his brother engineers needs no further voucher than his prolonged incumbency of the office of grand chief of the International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, a position to which he was appointed in August, 1903, upon the death of and as successor of Grand Chief Arthur. At the meeting of the brotherhood, held in Los Angeles in the following year, he was regularly elected to this office; on the 1st of June, 1912, he was reelected for a term of six years, and in 1918 he was again elected for a term of equal duration. It is needless to say that in this important office his administration has been most effective and acceptable.

Mr. Stone was one of the organizers of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Cooperative National Bank, Cleveland, the first institution of its kind in the United States, and he has served as its president from the time of its incorporation. Later the organization purchased the control of the Nottingham Savings & Banking Company, one of the old state charters. He also is in the Hammond State Bank of Hammond, Indiana, with the organization of which likewise he was associated. He further took part in the organization of the Transportation Brotherhood National Bank of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Federal Trust & Banking Company of that city. He is a director of each of these institutions, all of which are controlled by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. In order to gain proper representation of similar order in the East, the brotherhood recently acquired a large interest in the Empire Trust Company of New York, the intention being to establish ultimately a cooperative branch in the national metropolis. Mr. Stone is now a director also of the Empire Trust Company. He is president of the Brotherhood Holding Company and also Brotherhood Investment Company. Mr. Stone for the organization erected the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Building, one of the largest and finest office buildings in Cleveland, and on the opposite side of the same street he is now (spring of 1923) erecting the new Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Building, a banking and office building of twenty one stories and one that is of the most modern type in every particular.

Mr. Stone, a man of many and great activities, is a member of the Industrial Peace Commission, which has the custody of the Nobel Peace Prize. He is a member also of the Roosevelt Memorial Association, is a life member of the International Longfellow Association, and is an active and valued member of the Cleveland Federated Industrial Association, besides which he holds membership in the Old Colony Club and City Club of this city.

October 15, 1884, recorded the marriage of Mr. Stone to Miss Carrie E. Newell of Agency, Iowa, her father, L. F. Newell, having been a prominent breeder of short horn cattle and Norman draft horses in Iowa. On the maternal side Mrs. Stone is a direct descendant of Hanna Paige Dustin of Vermont

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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