THE ST. JOHNSBURY CALEDONIAN was established in 1837 by the late Albert G. CHADWICK, one of the leading citizens of the town, in the interests of the Whig party, the protection of American industry, the cause of temperance, and equal rights. In 1855 Mr. CHADWICK sold the paper to the late Charles Marshall STONE, who was editor and proprietor until his death in 1890. During that time he made the Caledonian one of the best known weeklies in New England, and a real power for good in the community.

      At his death the paper passed to the management of his oldest son, Arthur Fairbanks STONE, the subject of this sketch. 

      Mr. STONE was born in St. Johnsbury, February 18, 1863, being the son of Charles Marshall and Sarah (FAIRBANKS) STONE.

      His mother was the daughter of Erastus FAIRBANKS, one of the founders of the scale Company, and twice governor of Vermont. After an elementary education he was graduated from St. Johnsbury academy in 1881, and from Amherst college in 1885. 

      His scholarship elected him to a membership in the Phi Beta Kappa society while in college, and he was also a member of the Amherst chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. For the first two years after graduation he was reporter for the Northampton Daily Herald and in 1888 was on the staff of the Fall River Evening News. He returned to St. Johnsbury in 1889 and, became editor and publisher of the Caledonian in 1890 and has continued in this capacity ever since. In 1891 he published “St. Johnsbury Illustrated,” a handsomely illustrated work and one of the first of its kind in Vermont. During his business life in St. Johnsbury he has been interested in the various activities of the town. He is chairman of the school board, clerk of the North Congregational church, and vice-president of the Vermont International Telegraph company. On January 1, 1890, he married Helen LINCOLN of Northampton, Massachusetts. They have one daughter, aged twelve years, and one son, aged seven years. One son died August 17, 1895, aged thirteen and one half months.
 
 

Source:  Successful Vermonters, William H. Jeffrey, E. Burke, Vermont, The Historical Publishing Company, 1904, page 62-63.

Prepared by Tom Dunn January 2004