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Old Timers 1907

(Glimpses of prominent Frackville citizens from the borough's early days)

JOHN STONE, the popular proprietor of the Westminster hotel at Frackville, was born in Gloucestershire, England, Nov. 26, 1863, a son of Samuel and Susannah (Stone) Stone. He was reared in his native country, where he received his early education, and where he remained until his eighteenth year, when, in 1881, he immigrated to the United States, first locating in Mahanoy City, where he was engaged in the butcher business, which trade he had learned in his native country. After several years in Mahanoy City, he moved to Gilberton, embarking in the same business, in which he continued until 1894, when he there entered the hotel business. In December, 1903, he purchased his present location in Frackville.

His hostelry is known as the Westminister hotel, and is the leading hotel of the city. Mr. Stone has successfully conducted this business since he purchased it, and is also an extensive dealer in real estate. He is one of the representative and progressive business men of the city, taking a deep interest in all public matters. He was one of the organizers of the First National bank of Frackville, in which he is a stockholder and director. He is an active worker in the ranks of the Republican party and during his residence in Gilberton served in the city council and as a member of the school board and board of health.

In March, 1885, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Stone to Emma J. Weeks, a daughter of Benjamin and Emma J. Weeks, of Gilberton, and to this union have been born seven children: Susie, now the wife of George Boner, and Gilbert S., Berdie Marie, John, Benjamin, and Lee Jr. The family are members of the Episcopal church.

[This article can be found in "1907 History of Schuylkill County" by J.H. Beers]

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