Stone, Julius F. (Julius Frederick), 1855-1947

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Trustee of the Ohio State University, businessman, explorer and philanthropist.

From the description of Julius F. Stone papers, 1912-1947. (Ohio State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 40264859

Julius Frederick Stone was born June 1, 1855, near Devil's Lake, Lenawee County, Michigan, the son of Franz Theodore Stone and Emilie Julie Johanna Sydow Stone. Franz Theodore, an astronomer, came to the United States following the German Revolution of 1848. It was then that his original last name, Stein, was changed to Stone. Julius Stone was one of the eleven children produced by Franz Theodore and Emilie Stone.

Although Julius Stone spent his early years on a farm and completed only six years of formal education, he gained broad culture and knowledge through extensive reading. At age 12 (1867), he began work as a railroad telegrapher and continued to work on the railroad until 1880. He was involved in coal mining in Ohio, West Virginia, Illinois and Iowa until 1903. In 1900 he married Edna Alice Andress, who graduated from the Ohio State University that year. Their marriage produced five children: Julius F. Stone, Jr.; George Andress Stone; Franz Theodore Stone; Theodora Martha (Stone) Sutton and Natalia Sydow (Stone) Gage.

In 1909 Julius Stone led a major expedition by boat along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He recounted his travels in a book entitled Canyon Country: The Romance of Water and a Grain of Sand . Later, he served as president of several large companies: Columbus McKinnon Chain Company; Chisholm Moore Hoist Company of Canada; Case, Crane and Colborne-Jacobs Company; and Banc Ohio Corporation. He also served as chairman of the board of Seagrave Corporation, manufacturer of fire equipment.

In 1925 Julius Stone purchased Gibraltar Island, once the summer home of Jay Cooke, and donated it to Ohio State University for Lake Erie research. The laboratory is called the Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory in honor of Julius Stone's father.

Julius Stone also served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio State University. He was initially appointed to the board in May 1909 and served until March 1917. In March 1925 he filled the unexpired term of Charles F. Kettering; that term ended in 1930. Stone was appointed for another term from 1930 until 1937. He served a total of 20 years on the board of trustees.

In 1938, Julius Stone was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Ohio State. He continued to aid in philanthropic projects of the University.

On July 25, 1947, at the age of 92, Julius Stone died in Santa Monica, California.

From the guide to the Julius F. Stone Papers, 1845-1949, (The Ohio State University Archives.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Robert R. McMath Papers, 1916-1962 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Stone, Julius F. (Julius Frederick), 1855-1947. Julius F. Stone papers, 1912-1947. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Robert Brewster Stanton papers, 1851-1960, 1890-1950 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. Robert R. McMath papers, 1916-1962. Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Kolb, Emery Clifford, 1881-1976. Emery Kolb papers, 1905-1976. Northern Arizona University, Cline Library
creatorOf Photographs, 1909. New York State Historical Documents Inventory
referencedIn Hart, Henry Melvin, 1904-1969. Papers, 1927-1969 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Julius F. Stone Papers, 1845-1949 The Ohio State University Archives.
referencedIn Mershon, Ralph Davenport, 1868-1952. Papers, [ca. 1890-ca. 1962]. Ohio State University Libraries
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973. person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Ford, Edsel, 1893-1943. person
associatedWith Hart, Henry Melvin. person
associatedWith Henson, Matthew Alexander, 1866-1955. person
associatedWith Kolb, Emery Clifford, 1881-1976. person
associatedWith McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. person
associatedWith Mershon, Ralph Davenport, 1868-1952. person
associatedWith Ohio State University corporateBody
associatedWith Ohio State University. Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Pioneer Landmark Associate. corporateBody
associatedWith Stanton, R. L. (Robert Lodowick), 1810-1885 person
associatedWith Wright, Orville, 1871-1948. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
West (U.S.)
Green River (Wyo.-Utah)
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Colorado River (Colo.)
Natural history
Ohio State University
Ohio State University. Board of Trustees
Pioneer Landmark Associate
Stone, Julius F. (Julius Frederick), 1855-1947


Birth 1855-06-01

Death 1947-07-25



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