Stone, Ben D.
Ben Stone was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on December 1, 1888, the oldest child of Fowler Penfield and Margaret B. Stone, familiar names in Wausau. Ben attended the Wausau schools, graduating with the high school class of 1907. As was the family tradition at that time, he then enrolled at Lawrenceville School at Lawrenceville, NJ and graduated in 1909. He also attended the University of Wisconsin for two years.
His first job was with the Virginia and Rainy Lake Lumber company in Virginia, Minnesota. He returned to Wisconsin in 1916 to work for the Yawkey-Bissell Lumber Company at White Lake. He was later put in charge of the Bissell Lumber Company operations in both Ladysmith and Tripoli. During this time he served on the school board in both communities and was on the bank board in Ladysmith.
Mr. Stone returned to Wausau in 1930 and joined the Jacob Mortenson Lumber Company. He was named president in the early 1940s when the firm name became Mortenson & Stone Lumber Company, located on the corner of Bridge Street and First Avenue in Wausau. Interestingly, his son Ben succeeded him as president when he retired in 1963.
Ben Stone was married in Wausau in the fall of 1913 to Margaret Boardman Bissell, daughter of another Wausau pioneer lumberman, Walter Bissell. Their marriage was blessed with three children. Mr. Stone was a member of The Wausau Club, Wausau Country Club, the Rotary Club, and the Marathon County Park Board. He served as a trustee of Carroll College in Waukesha, WI for 18 years. Known by many as Wausau’s No. 1 sports fan, he never missed a Wausau High School football game and seldom even missed a practice. During his stay in Ladysmith and Tripoli he helped coach their teams and also was an active referee.
Ben Stone died on October 3, 1971. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery in Mound, Minnesota.
President - Mortenson & Stone Lumber Company