CLEON STONE (1869 - 1908)
Myron L. Newton, Jr.
Cleon C. Stone was the first son born to Ormandus N. and Oril (Newton) Stone. He was born August 8, 1869, in New York, probably in the Town of Poland, Chautauqua County. His mother was the daughter of Jesse and Louisa (Puddy) Newton of the Town of Mansfield, Cattaraugus County.
The 1870 U.S. New York Census for the Town of Poland, Chautauqua County enumerated him with his parents at nine months of age. The 1880 U.S. New York Census noted that he continued to live in the Town of Poland with his parents.
On October 16, 1897, (or in November according to some reports) Cleon married Ida M. Peck at her father’s home in Helena, Ohio. Her parents were William and Armina (Fairbanks) Peck. A notice (in German) of their wedding license application appeared the November 11, issue of the Fremont (Ohio) Council newspaper. Ida was born in Ohio (probably in or near Helena) in January 1879, and appeared with her family in the 1880 U.S. Ohio Census, Sandusky County, Madison Township. How Cleon and Ida met is unclear but two of Cleon’s first cousins, Ora and Bert Tracy, were in that area of Ohio by the early 1890’s.
After their marriage Cleon and Ida returned to New York where their first child, Beatrice, was born on September 11, 1898. One report gave her middle name as Goldie. The 1900 U.S. New York Census indicated that Cleon, along with Ida and Beatrice, lived on his parent’s farm in the Town of Poland. Although the family continued to live in New York, Ida returned to her family in Ohio to give birth to her next three daughters; Gladys, Hila and Floy. All four children are covered in separate biographies.
The children of Cleon C. and Ida Stone:
Cleon C. Stone died of a heart attack on April 5 or April 26, 1908, at age 38 and was buried in the Myrtle Cemetery (Clarks Corner) in the Town of Poland, Chautauqua County, New York. He probably died in, or near, the Town of Poland.
After Cleon’s death Ida and her daughters moved to Ohio to be near Ida’s family. The 1910 U.S. Ohio Census enumerated Ida and the four girls in Sandusky County, Washington Township where Ida was age 31. Beatrice was age 11, Gladys was 8, Hila was 6, and Floy was 3. Family history states that Ida first lived in a log tenant house on her brother’s farm. Her brother, Charles Peck, was enumerated next to her in the 1910 census. During these first few years, Ida sewed and grew produce to support her children.
Ida Stone and her children were next found in the 1920 U.S. Ohio Census for Sandusky County, Jackson Township, Helena Village. Ida was the head of household and the proprietress of a grocery store. Beatrice, age 21, was a public school teacher. This census noted that Beatrice was born in Ohio, which is inconsistent with the 1900 census and her obituary. Gladys was age 18, Hila was age 16, and Floy was age 13. Ida was postmistress for the village of Helena, a service that was probably incorporated into her grocery store business. Beatrice, and possibly Gladys, were graduates of nearby Gibsonburg High School. Hila attended that school for two years.
According to family recollections, Ida and her three youngest daughters moved to Bridgeport, Illinois in 1921. This relocation was in response to a request from Ora (O.H.) Tracy for assistance in raising his children. Ora was the first cousin of Ida’s late husband, Cleon, and had recently been widowed. In 1920, Ora had five children in his household, all from his second marriage. One family story said that Ora wanted to marry Ida but she wished to defer a union until his children were grown. Whether this marriage ever would have taken place is unknown since Ida passed away a few years later.
Ida (Peck) Stone, still a resident of Bridgeport, died September 18, 1926, while hospitalized in nearby Vincennes, Indiana. Ida’s daughter, Hila, believed that her mother’s goiter ailment was incorrectly treated with the wrong dosages of iodine. Ida’s body was returned to Ohio where a funeral was held in Helena’s town hall, followed by an interment in the nearby Metzgar Cemetery.
The obituaries of Ida revealed the locations of her and Cleon’s daughters in 1926. Beatrice had wed Ward C. Ruth and lived in Helena, Ohio; Hila was a resident of Bridgeport, Illinois; and Gladys and Floy were both residents of St. Petersburg, Florida. While in Illinois, Ida’s youngest three daughters all received advanced education after completing high school.
Obituary of Ida Peck Stone, Fremont (OH) Daily News, Sept. 20, 1926:
TO HOLD FUNERAL IN THE TOWN HALL
Remains of Former Helena Postmistress Brought There for Burial
Helena, Sept. 20 – Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Stone, 47, for many years the postmistress of Helena, but for the last six years a resident of Bridgeport, Ill., will be held in the town hall at 2 p. m. Tuesday. Burial will be made in the Metzgar Cemetery.
Mrs. Stone died in a hospital in Vincennes, Ill. (sic), Saturday, from heart trouble, induced by goiter. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Ward Ruth of Helena, Misses Hila Stone of Bridgeport, Ill., and Gladys and Floy of St. Petersburg, Fla., her mother, Mrs. Armena Beck (sic) of Helena, two sisters, Mrs. Carl Madson of Toledo and Mrs. Frank Keenan of St. Petersburg, a brother, Charles Beck (sic) of Helena, and one grandchild. Mr. Stone died many years ago. Mrs. Stone was a well known and respected citizen of the village. She was a member of the United Brethren church, and a faithful worker in every good cause.
She was known as a kind mother, a loyal friend and generous neighbor, and the entire village will mourn her death.
Obituary of Ida Peck Stone, Vincennes (IN) Morning-Commercial, Sep. 19, 1926:
RESIDENT OF LAWRENCEVILLE PASSES AWAY
Bridgeport, Ill., Sept 18. – Death came to Mrs. Ida Stone, of this city, this morning at 10:30 o’clock, here decease being attributed to heart failure, superinduced by a goiter. Mrs. Stone had been ill for the past month and Tuesday, while attending a meeting of the Bridgeport Woman’s club, suffered a nervous breakdown. She was taken to the Good Samaritan hospital, where from the first, little hope was held for her. Death occurred at the hospital.
Mrs. Stone, with her children, came to Bridgeport several years ago and has been loved by all who knew her. She was the president of the Woman’s club and also a member of the Sororis club.
Four daughters, two in Florida, and one in Ohio, who were summoned immediately after Mrs. Stone’s breakdown, and one living in this city, survive her. She is also survived by her mother.
No funeral arrangements have been made.
Obituary of Ida Peck Stone, Vincennes (IN) Sun, Sept. 20, 1926:
MRS. IDA STONE PASSES AT THE GOOD SAMARITAN
The death of Mrs. Ida Stone, age forty-seven, occurred at 11 o’clock Saturday morning at the Good Samaritan hospital. Death was caused from hyperthoidism.
Deceased was a resident of Bridgeport and was brought to the hospital on Wednesday of last week. She leaves four daughters; Mrs. Ward Ruth of Helena, O.; Gladys and Floy Stone of St. Petersburg, Fla,; Hilda (sic) Stone of Bridgeport, Ill. Also surviving are two sisters and one brother; Mrs. Frank Keenan of St. Petersburg, Fla,; Mrs. Chris Madson of Toledo, O,; and Charles Peck of Helena, O.
The body was taken to Gardner’s funeral home and was shipped on the afternoon B. and O. train, Monday, to Toledo, O. The remains will be taken from there to Helena, O., where services and interment will be held. Mrs. Stone was a member of the U. B. Church.
1870 U. S. New York Census, Chautauqua County, Town of Poland, p. 16
1880 U. S. New York Census, Chautauqua County, Town of Poland, E.D. 65, p. 15
1880 U. S. Ohio Census, Sandusky County, Madison Township, E.D. 85, p. 4
1900 U. S. New York Census, Chautauqua County, Poland Town, E.D. 117, p. 3
1910 U. S. Ohio Census, Sandusky County, Madison Township, E.D. 121, p. 4B
1920 U. S. Ohio Census, Sandusky County, Jackson Township, Helena Village, E.D. 86, p. 15A
Cutter, William Richard, Genealogy and Family History of Western New York, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1912.
Vol II, p. 880.
Metzgar Cemetery, Helena, Ohio. Notes and photographs, March 2003 by Myron L. Newton, Jr.
Myrtle Cemetery, Town of Poland, Chautauqua County, New York. Notes and photographs, April 1999 by Myron L. Newton, Jr.
Myrtle Cemetery Records, Town of Poland, Chautauqua County, New York. Posted on Chautauqua County USGENWEB page
by D. Davidson. Original document by E. Crandall and available at Kennedy (NY) Public Library.
Marriage License notice, Fremont (OH) Council, November 11, 1897
Obituary of Ida Stone, Fremont (OH) Daily News, September 20, 1926
Obituary of Ida Stone, Vincennes (IN) Morning Commercial, September 19, 1926
Obituary of Ida Stone, Vincennes (IN) Sun, September 20, 1926
Obituary of Armina Peck, Fremont (OH) News Messenger, March 31, 1941
Photos and conversations with O. Gundlach; September 2003
Biographical additions and corrections by S. Taylor of Robinson, IL; April 2005
Myron L. Newton, Jr.