Frank H. Stone Collection

Hardwick Historical Society
47 Depot Street, PO Box 177
Hardwick, Vt. 05843

Collection Title: Frank H. Stone Collection
Collection Dates: 1907-1942
Extent: 1907-1944, Bulk, 1907-1918
Name of Creator: Frank H. Stone

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Abstract: Frank Stone started his career in Hardwick as a draftsman for the Woodbury Granite Company in 1901. He left the granite industry in 1927 and became a coal dealer. The collection reflects those business activities.

Preferred citation:Frank H. Stone Collection. Hardwick Historical Society, Hardwick, Vt. 05843

Biography: Frank H. Stone was born in Leicester, Mass. September 7, 1871, the son of James H. and Frances (Wilson) Stone. He graduated from Worcester High School in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1893, and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Stone worked as a draftsman in Somerville, Mass., in 1900, and moved to Hardwick, Vermont, in 1901, as a draftsman for the Woodbury Granite Company. He became head of the drafting department and an assistant to George H. Bickford, the General Manager, serving to estimate the size, shape, and number of stones for any planned building, as well as the cost of production. Sometime between 1910 and 1914, he became the Plant Manager; he served on the board of directors during the height of the company’s prosperity.
Stone worked on the plans for, among others, the Pennsylvania State Capitol (c.1903), the Wisconsin State Capitol (c. 1906), the Cook County Court House and Chicago City Hall (c. 1908), and the American Telephone and Telegraph Company building in New York City (c. 1922). After retiring from the granite industry, he went into the coal business in Hardwick and Waterbury. He ran the Waterbury office and his wife ran the Hardwick office.
Stone married Anna Willey in October 1900. Shortly after, they settled in Hardwick and eventually moved to a house on Spring Street where they reared three daughters, including Dot Stone Emanuel. The Stones built a cottage on Caspian Lake in 1916/17, and it stayed in the family for more than 100 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Caspian Lake Lodge No. 87, in Hardwick. In 1934, he and his wife bought a winter home in Vero Beach, Florida. Stone died November 20, 1946, in Charleston, S.C. after falling ill while traveling to Florida for the winter.

Scope and Content: The collection’s contracts, working handbooks, and spattering of correspondence – some about projects he worked on between 1907 and 1918 – reflect his activity in the building granite industry. The ledger reflects his activity in the Hardwick branch of Stone’s coal business between 1934 and 1942.

System of arrangement: The collection has two series representing Stones work in the granite industry and the coal business. Materials in each series are arranged chronologically.

Removed from Collection: Removed Robert Emanuel’s gasoline rationing card c. 1944, to our vertical file labeled World War II – Ration books and a US Savings Bond issued to Rocata Camp Fire, 1918 to our vertical file labeled Organizations ‐ Rocata Campfire Girls.

  • People and families: Stone, Frank H.*; Emanuel, Robert S.*; Eastman, Herbert E.*
  • Geographical names: Hardwick, Vt. ‐ History; Vermont ‐ Social history
  • Corporate names: Woodbury Granite Company*, Granite Cutters’ International Association of America, Automobile Club of Vermont, Granite Manufacturers Association, National Building Granite Quarries Association*
  • Occupations: Drafters
  • Genre: Handbooks, Bookkeeping records, Contracts, Yearbooks, Letters, Price lists
  • Topics: Granite industry and trade ‐ Vermont; Coal ‐ prices
* means that this name does not appear in an authorized list, such as a Library of Congress Authority File or a Getty Thesauri.

  • Background information
  • Series 1: Granite Documents
    • GCIA Contracts,1907-1916
    • Automobile Club of Vermont Year Book, 1908
    • Granite Cutters’ International Association Agreement for New York, N.Y., 1913-1918
    • Notes on polishing times and costs, 1914
    • Estimating Handbook, 1914-1918
    • Brochure on Georgia Marble, c 1915
    • Woodbury Gray Granite, rough stock, price list, 1915, 1918
    • Granite Manufacturers Association Agreements, 1915-1920
    • National Building Granite Quarries Association Code of Practice, 1917
    • Vermont Marble Company Price List, 1917
    • Production and cost estimate to William Clifford, Gen. Manager, March 1918
    • Correspondence about pricing, 1914-1918, 1925
    • Letter of recommendation for Herbert E. Eastman, 1918
    • Production and cost estimate to William Clifford, General Manager, March 1918
  • Series 2: Coal Documents
    • Letter head for the coal company, c. 1935
    • Coal business ledger, 1934-1942

Technical Details

  • Conditions governing access: Open and available to the public
  • Details of physical access: Nothing unusual
  • Details of technical access: Nothing unusual
  • Conditions governing reproduction access and use: Subject of copyright laws.
  • Languages/scripts in the collection: English
  • Other finding aids: None
  • Custodial history: In July and August, 2020, the HHS received two separate collections of materials created by or related to Frank H. Stone. In July, Allen Davis, of Greensboro, brought us handbooks and other granite-related documents and automobile-related materials which he had received from Becky Arnold, also of Greensboro. The Arnolds owned the camp on the shores of Caspian Lake near the Stone family camp. Becky got the items through the Emanuel family, grandchildren of Frank Stone. In August, Reed Cherington, who also had a personal relationship with the Emanuels, brought in the items from the coal business. All materials had been in the family of Frank Emanuel, son of Robert S. Emanuel and grandson of Frank H. Stone.
  • Immediate source of acquisition: Allen Davis and Reed Cherington
  • Processing Information: Processed by Elizabeth H. Dow following the rules of DACS 2019.03, finished in December, 2020
  • Appraisal/destruction/scheduling information: None planned
  • Accruals: None planned
  • Existence/location of originals: Hardwick Historical Society
  • Existence/location of copies: None
  • Related archival materials: None
  • Publication notes: None
  • Miscellaneous notes: None
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