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 434
Mr. and Mrs. J. Riley Stone. Mr. J. Riley Stone, postmaster of Reedsburg, was born in South Dakota, Oct. 17, 1886, the only son of James Asahel and Minnie Louise (Corwith) Stone. His father was born Dec. 1, 1856, in Smithfield, N.Y., son of Captain James Riley and Pamela (Ellinwood) Stone, and came with his mother to Reedsburg, in 1870. Captain Stone recruited Co. F, 157th N.Y. Vol. Inf., and received the commission of captain, Sept. 19, 1862. He served in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and in the latter place received a severe wound and was taken prisoner. He suffered incarceration in Libby Prison, where he endured untold hardships, only to be transferred to Macon, Georgia, where he died, August. 12, 1864, at the age of forty years. For several years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Pamela Stone resided in Smithfield, but in 1870, she brought her family to Reedsburg, where her death occurred. James Asabel Stone attended the Reedsburg High school, graduating with the class of 1875. Subsequently he attended the Oshkosh Normal School, and was a student in the University of Wisconsin, and later still he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1889, and has been a prominent attorney since then.
James A. Stone was married April 19, 1884, to Minnie Corwith, daughter of Silas and Anna (Albrecht) Corwith. She was born in the town of Troy, Sauk Co., March 6, 1857, and died in Reedsburg, Sept. 27, 1924. Her father died in Reedsburg, June 27, 1894, but her mother, who was born in Coelleda, Germany, July 29, 1837, is probable the oldest person in Reedsburg. Mr. and Mrs. James A. Stone were the parents of three children, one of whom was J. Riley Stone, our subject.
James Riley Stone grew to manhood in this vicinity, attended the grades, high school, and the University of Wisconsin, graduating with the class of 1907. Since then he has been widely associated in business adventures, and is the owner of considerable land in this vicinity. Always a public spirited citizen, Mr. Stone has been prominent in the community life, and has made many addresses on patriotic occasions.
On Oct. 10, 1916, our subject was united in marriage to Miss Vera Milhaupt, of New Holstein, Wis. She was born March 12, 1899, daughter of William and Evan (Kersten) Milhaupt. Her paternal grandfather, Corporal August Milhaupt, was a soldier in Co. C, 26th W.V.I., and, wounded at Chancerlorsville, died at Washington, D.C., Jan. 1, 1864 He had resided for some time in Milwaukee, and enlisted from that place, Oct. 18, 1862. William Milhaupt was born in Milwaukee, July 10, 1858, and after the death of his father, moved with his mother to St. Nazianz, Wis., where he remained until 1872, when the family located at New Holstein. There he apprenticed as a smith and later established a buggy factory and for twenty years was the New Holstein postmaster, being retired when Wilson came into the presidency. He died March 29, 1928. His wife, whom he married May 23, 1886, was Eva Kersten, of Chilton, born May 20, 1856, at Bay Field, and now resides at New Holstein.
Mr. and Mrs. Riley Stone have had six children: James Riley, Jr., b. July 6, 1917, d. June 16, 1919; Richard William, b. Dec. 14, 1918; Edward Lyman, b. Nov. 5, 1920; Susan Mary, b. March 31, 1922; Frederich, b. Oct. 5, 1928; and Mark Henry, Feb. 28, 1926.
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