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Iver Stone (Stene?)
Trondhjem, Norway

Extracted from the History of Dunn County, Wisconsin (1925), p. 935

Iver Stone, who owns and operates Oak Hill Farm of 120 acres in Section 21, town of Rock Creek, was born in Trondhjem, Norway, Aug. 10, 1869, son of Lars Stene and Anna Iverson) Stene.  The parents were natives of the same place, where the father died in 1909.  The mother is still residing there, being now 89 years old.

Iver attended public school in his native land and came to America and to Dunn County, Wisconsin, in 1887.  Locating in Menomonie, he worked two years for the Knapp, Stout & Co. Company, being employed in the mill during the summers and in the woods in the winters.  He then went to Eau Claire, where for eight summers, he was employed in the lumber yards of the Daniel Shaw Company, during the winters working in the woods for different companies. He also spent one summer in a lumber yard at Dubuque, Iowa.  In 1898 Mr. Stone (Stene?) came to Dunn County and took up his residence on 80 acres of land in Section 21, town of Rock Creek that he purchased in 1895.  There were no buildings on it, but 30 acres had been cleared, which was of itself a good step in advance. He now built a small frame house into which he and his family moved, for he had then been married several years, and also erected some small sheds to shelter his stock and hay. Thus he began the development of what is now a very good farm, from time to time making other improvements.

In 1911 he added 40 acres more to his farm, which increased its size to 120 acres, and in the same year built a concrete silo of 12 x 32 feet.  In 1912 he built a horse barn of 18 x 22 feet, with 16-foot posts, and in 1915 a large dairy barn of 32 x 44 feet, with full stone basement and 12-foot posts above the wall.  He has also built a fine residence and has installed a 160-barrel cistern which furnishes water for the house and barns.  

Mr. Stone has a good herd of grade Guernsey cattle, with a pure bred sire at the head, and is carrying on dairying and diversified crop farming with good success.  Aside from these personal interests, he served on term as a member of the town board and for two terms was a member of the district school board.  Mr. Stone was married Nov. 10, 1893, to Betsey Johnson of Eau Claire, who was born in Bire, Norway, June 16, 1868, and came to the United States in 1887.  He and his wife have been the parents of ten children:  Anna, born May 4, 1895, who is now Mrs. Charles Lantz of Virginia, Minn.; Emma, born June 12, 1898, now Mrs. Peter Dahl of Rock Creek, and the mother of three children, Bertha Rebecca, Irene Harriet and Janette Lillian; Carl, born May 20, 1901; Benhart, born Feb. 19, 1903; Isaac, born Aug. 21, 1904; Oscar, born march 18, 1906; Minnie, born June 10, 1907, who died June 20 of the same year; Hannah, born Nov. 7, 1908, and Edwin, born April 20, 1911.


24 Nov 2001 03:41 PM

Copyright 2001 Linda K. Schwartz