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John Bester Stone

John Bester Stone, on of the city's best-known men, was born December 5, 1842, in Marion, Alabama.  When but nineteen years old he enlisted in the Fourth Alabama Infantry, and was in some of the fiercest engagements of the civil war, having been wounded four times.  At the close of the war Mr. Stone settled at Selma, Ala., and was elected City Clerk and Tax Collector.  In 1878 he went to Dallas, Tex., and engaged in the real estate business.  There he erected a Government building and gave the United States the free use of it for ten years.

     For several years he was engaged in mining at Leadville, Colo.

     In 1885 he came to Kansas City and invested largely in acre property on Prospect Avenue.  It was through his efforts chiefly that the Prospect Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue car lines were established.

     In 1894 he was elected Presiding Judge of the County Court.  During his term he was put forward by his friends as a candidate for the Governorship.

     Judge Stone was married June 18, 1881, at Boulder, Colo., to Miss Mary M. Kester.  They have one daughter, Calla G. Stone.
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