I was given two newspaper clippings with E.T. Stone obits. I do not have the source for the second obit. The transcriptions are below:
From the Jefferson County Republic, De Soto, Missouri, Thursday January 27, 1938:
“Old Time Printer Passed Away Monday
Eli T. Stone, Former Owner of “The Advertiser”, Died in Hospital of Mexico, MO.
It is indeed with regret that this paper must record the death of one of De Soto’s old citizens, Eli T. Stone, ho passed away in the hospital of Mexico, Mo., Monday morning at 6 o’clock after a short illness.
Mr. Stone was a pioneer citizen of De Soto, having lived here for many years, during which time he engaged in his profession as a machinist in the railroad shops and worked at the printer’s trade as an avocation. He operated the large wheel lathe in the shops until the railroad strike in 1922, when he entered the printing business as a full-time occupation. He started the publication of “The Advertiser”, a free circulation paper several years ago, and it was successful from the start. Advancing age, however curtailed his ability to solicit business and he sold his interests to H. W. Harris a few months ago.
Mr. Stone was a man of very firm convictions and while gruff and seemingly petulant at time, was nevertheless, well liked and highly respected for his sound thinking.
Shortly after his retirement, he went to Laddonia, Mo. to be with a daughter, Mrs. Harry Grainger and family but an old injury in which he suffered a broken ankle began giving him trouble and he was taken to the hospital of Mexico, where the limb was amputated. Blood poisoning developed and his advanced age, 82 years, were measures against his recovery.
The funeral services were held at the Congregational Church of this city wednesday afternoon after which the remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery.”
“Obituary Of Eli T. Stone
Eli Thompson Stone was born in Augusta, Oneida county, N. Y., Oct. 29, 1856 and died at Audrain Hospital, Mexico, Mo., Jan 24, 1938 at the age of 81 years, 2 months and 26 days.
When twelve years old he moved with his parents to Syracuse, N.Y. There he grew to manhood and married Ursula A. Davis on Aug. 11, 1875. To this union was born six children, one of whom preceded him in death at the age of twelve years.
In 1882 he moved to De Soto, Mo., where he was engaged as a machinist. in 1886 he was transferred to Belmont, Mo. where he served as foreman of the machine shops. After five years he returned to De Soto where he spent the remainder of his life until two months ago.
His recent years were spent in the priniting business.
Early in life he united with the Congregational church where he took an active part until recent years, his special interest being the choir.
Those surviving are his wife, three sons, Walter C. Stone, St. Louis, C. Bennett Stone, Pacific, Mo., Frank K. Stone, Independence, Mo., tow daughters, Mrs. Harry G. Grainger, Laddonia and Mrs. Geerald R. Williamson of Quincy, Ill., twelve grandshildren, seven great grandchildren, one brother and one sister.
Two months ago the deceased moved with is wife to Laddonia, Mo.”