STONE, WILLIAM [Apr. 6, 1836 - Apr. 15, 1900]
William Stone, who recently underwent a severe surgical operation, in hopes that his life might be saved, died Sunday afternoon at his home in the city. Mr. Stone had been a sufferer for years, and his vitality was not strong enough to stand the shock of the operation. While his death came a shock to his many friends, it was not wholly unexpected, as it was known that he had been failing for several days before his death; and expressions of sympathy were almost universal, as "Captain" Stone (as he was familiarly called) was esteemed and liked by all.
William Stone was born at Mackinaw, Michigan on April 6th 1836. He was a resident of Wisconsin when the war broke out, and on August 15th 1862, enlisted in Company A of the 27th Wisconsin infantry. He was a good soldier, paying the most strict attention to all details of his work, and he was rapidly promoted, being made a corporal on March 12th 1863, a first sergeant on May 8th 1864, second lieutenant on July 30th 1864, and when discharged on June 29th 1865, held the rank of first lieutenant. He saw plenty of active service, and was in some of the hardest fought engagements of the rebellion. Mr. Stone always retained a love of military work, and no one ever took a greater pride in the success of Company K than he.
Mr. Stone was married to Ellen Johnson on May 10th 1852, and in 1870, he and his wife came and settled on a homestead in this county, where they have ever since resided and have always been numbered among our best citizens.
Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stone, of whom eight are still living. They are: Waldron, Charles, and Alfred, all living here, Ms. J.L. Birchenough, Ms. Randall, Ms. Cecelia Dunkel, Ms. Charlotte Pollard, and Ms. Stella Hopkins.
There was no better citizen in Colfax County than "Cap" Stone; he was intensely patriotic, a warm generous friend, a kind and indulgent husband and father, a man whom was to know was to like, and his death is mourned by hundreds of friends throughout the country.
The funeral services were held Wednesday at the M.E. Church under the auspices of the G.A.R. post of which Mr. Stone was a member, and the sermon was preached by Reverend Bothwell, who spoke from the 27th verse of the first chapter of Second Samuel: "How are the mighty fallen." He spoke of the military life of Mr. Stone, of the deserving promotions in the army, and paid tribute to his memory as a good man and citizen. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, and the church was crowded friends of the deceased, many of them coming from around Mr. Stone's old home in Maple Creek precinct. The remains were escorted to the cemetary by Company K of the Nebraska National Guard, and Phil Sheridan, post number 34, where military ceremonies were held over the grave of the veteran who had served country and home so well. The sorrowing wife and relatives have the sympathy of everyone in the county and community.
[The Schuyler Sun - submitted by John Baccelli]
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