From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 446
James A. Stone. Mr. James A. Stone, one of Sauk County's most widely known attorneys, for over fifty-eight years a resident of Reedsburg, long an outstanding citizen of the city, was born in Smithfield, Madison County, New York, Dec. 1, 1856. The Stone family was ever one of distinction in New York state, and our subject's father, as a stonemason, had a few peers in his profession.
James A. Stone spent his early years in New York, where he was graduated from the Evans Academy, prior to his coming to Reedsburg. After coming to this city he attended the Reedsburg High school, the University of Wisconsin; afterward entered the law office of Giles Stevens, and later still that of R. P. Perry, where he remained until he was admitted to the bar, 1889. He early in his profession achieved singular success and identified himself with the progressive wing of the Republican party, and has been an earnest supporter of Republicanism for many years. From 1901 to 1903, he was Assistant Secretary of State of Wisconsin, and in 1912 and 1916 was a delegate to the national Republican conventions. For a year and a half he was Federal Prohibition Director of Wisconsin, and served the city of Reedsburg as city Attorney for several terms; also as City Superintendent of Schools, and was interested in establishing the Sauk County Normal at Reedsburg.
On April 19, 1884, he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie L. Corwith. To them were born three children: Anna L., who died in 1914, the wife of James R. Semple; Riley, of whom an extensive notice appears elsewhere in this work; and Millie C, wife of Charles R. Fisher, of Beaver Dam. Mr. Fisher has been engaged with the Untied States Geological Survey since graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1911, except during the World War, during which he served in France as a captain and engineer.
Mrs. Stone died in 1924, and on October 31, 1925, James A. Stone married Barbara L. Wentworth. This lady was born to John and Anna Tarnutzer, Swiss pioneers, at Black Hawk, Sauk County, Wis., Aug. 29, 1862; and was married June 14, 1889 to Walter J. Wentworth, a conductor of the Madison Division of the Chicago and Northwestern R. R. He died in 1899, at Baraboo, Wis. Widowed, she went to Madison, where she took a position with a mercantile concern; then she was employed as secretary to John W. True, Secretary of the State Agricultural Society. She worked in the State Capitol for seventeen, several years in the adjutant General's office, where she was employed until her marriage to Mr. Stone. Her death occurred Sept. 28, 1928.
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