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
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
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.