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  Posted in a De Soto, Missouri newspaper:

   ”On Tuesday, August 11, 1925, There came to   Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Stone and relatives, a pleasure and privilege that few are allowed to enjoy, the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Stone’s, fiftieth wedding anniversary.

This couple was married in Syracuse, N.Y. and came to De Soto in 1881 where they have lived and become worthy and respected citizens.

On Tuesday noon a simple luncheon served only to the relatives and the children presented Mr. Stone with a gold watch.  To this was added a charm from his grandchildren.

Mr. Stone’s gift to the bride was a beautiful whitegold wedding ring, and from the children she received fifty gold dollars and from the grandchildren, a gold thimble.  From Jimmy who knew his great grandparents’ failing, came a box of chocolates.  Other relatives present gave gold pieces.  From friends outside the family, came gold coins, jewelry and appropriate bric-a-brac, including a beautiful cameo brooch for the bride and a stick pin for the groom.

In the afternoon, group photographs were taken of the entire family, of Mr. Stone and his visiting brother and sisters, and of Mr. E. T. Stone, Mr. W. C. Stone, Mr. E. E. Stone and Master Jimmy, this representing four generations of eldest sons.

At seven o’clock an excellent dinner was served.  The menu consisted almost entirely of dishes colored gold or white.  Place cards, favors, napkins, etc. were decorated with yellow daisies.

At the table were a few intimate friends and Mr. and Mrs. Stone, Walter, Jr., Thyra and Kenneth Stone of Webster Grove, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Stone, Duane and the Ethel Stone of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Grainger, Dorie, Joseph, Paul and Winifred Grainger of Laddonia, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. F. K. Stone and Peggy Jean of Wichita, Kansas, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Williamson of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stone and Jimmy of St. Louis, Mrs. F. D. Howard, sister of Mr. Stone, of Syracuse, N. Y. and Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Stone of Flint, Michigan.

During the evening some of the talented children and grandchildren and Jimmy enlivened the time with music, after which the Stone’s favorite and time honored pastime, “shadow pictures” was indulged in.

At a late hour, the party broke up, all wishing the fortunate couple happiness in the years to come.  In this the Press heartily joins.”

The following article was posted in The Advertiser, a small paper which E. T. owned and published:

Going Some, What?

On August 11, 1875, Mr. Eli T. Stone and Miss Ursula Agnes Davis were wed.

On Tuesday, August 11, 1925, their five children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandson, and the acquired husbands and wives of the family, and Mr. Stone’s sister and his brother and wife, twenty-six in all, count ‘em, had arrived in De Soto from several states to celebrate the fiftieth aniversary of the wedding, and believe me, ‘they done so.’  In fact they commenced to celebrate as soon as the first ones arrived, which was some time before the scheduled event.  The Advertiser regrets its inability to make a full report of the entire celebration for some of the Stones are still here and still at it.”

E.T. and Ursula Stone’s third son, Roland (“Rolly”) died at age twelve.  Last year, I had the good fortune to find this newspaper extraction via Charlotte’s Corner.  From the De Soto Weekly Facts, a paper published in De Soto, Jefferson County, Missouri, this article appeared on July 9, 1896:

“Suddenly Called Away. – The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. STONE were shocked to hear of the death of their son Rollin from brain congestive yesterday afternoon, and the hearts of all go out in tender sympathy to them in this sudden and sad bereavement. Rollin was a bright active boy of very affectionate disposition and his sudden death has stricken his loving parents brothers and sisters with deepest grief. He had been under treatment for a month or two for headache of which he complained from time to time, and on yesterday morning he was suffering from an attack of rather more severe character than before, yet it was not thought to be anything serious. After dinner he laid down on the bed and a few minutes later was found there unconscious. Drs. HIGGINBOTHAM and JAMES were at once sent for, but nothing could be done for the little sufferer. He passed away about three o’clock. The funeral will take place Friday (tomorrow,) likely from the home of his parents.” 

I asked my cousin Doris Kistler if she had any info on this.  Her recollection was that she heard that Rolly had been hit on the head by something, perhaps a swing board.  Another cousin has a photo of Rolly at his funeral which I’ve yet to see or acquire.  At that time, taking funeral portraits was normative.

On this practice, I found this article on Family Tree Magazine’s site.  Also this site offered a bit of info, stated below:

Photographs of a deceased loved one served as substitutes and reminders of the loss. Families who could not afford to commission painted portraits could arrange for a photograph to be taken cheaply and quickly after a death. This was especially important where no photograph already existed. The invention of the Carte de Visite, which enabled multiple prints to be made from a single negative, meant that images could be sent to distant relatives. The deceased was commonly represented as though they were peacefully sleeping rather than dead, although at other times the body was posed to look alive.”

Hopefully at some point I’ll have locate some family photos of Roland before he died, but presently I have none. 

Eli Thompson Stone (1856-1938) married Ursula Agnes Davis (1855-1949) in 1875.  Their children were:

    

     Walter Corey Stone, Sr. (1876-1952)

     m.  Alberta Johnston Long

 

 

 

     Charles Bennett Stone (1879-1946)

     m.  Ada Rhea Marshall

 

 

Roland Edgar Stone (1884-1896); Roland died at age 12.

 

 

     Thurza Alice Stone (1888-1975)

     m.  Harry G. Grainger

 

 

 

     Frank Kenyon Stone (1895-1965)

     m.  Margaret Keck Benson

 

 

 

   Ursula Marie Stone (“Bobby”) 1897-?)

   m.  Gerald R. Williamson

 

Eli Thompson (E.T.) Stone, Florence Stone, Samuel Werden Stone, 1925. 

I was a little hasty in my wondering as to whether gr-gr-gr Granpa Eli was a machinest when he lived in Syracuse, NY prior to moving to De Soto, Missouri.  In checking the 1880 senses listed on the LDS genealogy website, Eli was indeed a machinest in Syracuse, and probably for the railroad (sorry, but I presently have no knowledge of railroad history in northern New York) .

In looking at the 1880 census record for Eli and his household, I find it interesting that his younger sister and brother, Florence and Samuel (Werden) Stone, are living with Eli and his wife, “Lula” (Ursula) and their two oldest children.  Eli’s father and mother, Anthony Corey Stone & Julia Aurelia Thompson (Stone) are also living in Syracuse (according to the 1880 census), but the children are with their older, married brother, Eli.   Just another puzzle piece to try and figure out, I guess.

Oh, and one more thing; Ursula’s parent’s birthplace is listed as Quebec, Canada.  I had assumed that they were born in Ontario, the same province where Ursula herself was born.  I might have something in my records that explains that, so we shall see what is up with that.      

Household Record, 1880 United States Census
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Name  Relation  Marital  Status  Gender  Race  Age  Birthplace  Occ.  Father’s Birthplace  Mother’s Birthplace
Eli T. STONE
Self           M             Male       W          24        NY           Works In Machine Shop      NY        NY
Lula STONE
Wife         M             Female    W         23       ONT CAN   Keeping House   QUE CAN  QUE CAN
Florence STONE
Sister       S              Female    W            13        NY           At School             NY           NY
Samuel STONE
Brother    S              Male        W            4         NY                                           NY           NY
Walter STONE
Son          S              Male        W            3          NY                                          NY           ONT CAN
Benny STONE
Son          S              Male        W            1          NY                                          NY           ONT CAN
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Source Information:
Census Place         8th Ward, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York
Family History Library Film                  1254908NA Film Number     T9-0908
Page Number         534B
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Household Breakdown:
Eli T. STONE         
Male
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year:  <1856>
Birthplace: NY
Age: 24
Occupation: Works In Machine Shop
Marital Status: M
Race: W
Head of Household:  Eli T. STONE
Relation:  Self
Father’s Birthplace: NY
Mother’s Birthplace:  NY
________________________________________
Lula STONE          
Female
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year:   <1857>
Birthplace:   ONT CAN
Age:  23
Occupation: Keeping House
Marital Status: M
Race: W
Head of Household:  Eli T. STONE
Relation:  Wife
Father’s Birthplace:  QUE CAN
Mother’s Birthplace:  QUE CAN
________________________________________
Florence STONE  
Female
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year: <1867>
Birthplace: NY
Age: 13
Occupation: At School
Marital Status:  S
Race: W
Head of Household:  Eli T. STONE

Relation:  Sister
Father’s Birthplace: NY
Mother’s Birthplace: NY
________________________________________
Samuel STONE     
Male
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year:  1876>
Birthplace:  NY
Age: 4
Occupation:
Marital Status: S
Race: W
Head of Household: Eli T. STONE
Relation:  Brother
Father’s Birthplace: NY
Mother’s Birthplace: NY
________________________________________
Walter STONE      
Male
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year: <1877>
Birthplace: NY
Age: 3
Occupation:
Marital Status: S
Race: W
Head of Household:   Eli T. STONE
Relation:  Son
Father’s Birthplace: NY
Mother’s Birthplace: ONT CAN
________________________________________
Benny STONE      
Male
________________________________________
Other Information:
Birth Year:  <1879>
Birthplace: NY
Age:  1
Occupation:
Marital Status:  S
Race:  W
Head of Household: Eli T. STONE
Relation:  Son
Father’s Birthplace: NY
Mother’s Birthplace: ONT CAN

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