John Charles Stone was born in Bone Gap on January 11, 1867,the oldest child of James Scott Stone and Elizabeth Sarah Hocking. His father traced his roots back to Somerset County, England and his mother to Cornwall County, England. He became an eminent author of mathematics textbooks which were adopted for exclusive use in many states and cities. He authored or co-authored some seventy textbooks in all forms of arithmetic and geometry and was recognized for his ability to make students enjoy and like mathematics. He wrote many of his math books in Greensboro, Vermont on Caspian Lake. He retired in 1934 after fifteen years as Chairman of the Mathematics Department at the State Teachers’ College in Montclair, NJ, where a dormitory is named in his honor. He died in 1940 in St. Petersburg, Florida and was buried in Greensboro, Vermont. He was listed in Who’s Who in America in every edition from 1912 to 1942 and in Who Was Who Volume 1.
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