Turning Back the Pages

I moved to Warrensburgh in spring 1957 and I never saw Doug again. I later read that he and his brother had liquidated their Florida property, but he had not sold his wife’s house after all. In March, 1965 he and Mrs. Burton had been vacationing for a month at Deerfield Beach, Fla. and the day before they were to return home Douglas C. Burton, 58, died of a heart attack.

Doug’s body was brought north to Warrensburg, accompanied by his wife and brother Harmel Burton, who had been vacationing at Pompano Beach at the time. He had a son, Steven Burton. I know no more of his family’s history. He was most likely buried in Lake George.

Time marches on

Donald Brooks Stone was born in 1922 in Warrensburgh. His father and mother, Rexford and Mary Stone, owned the property where Sitting Bull Dude Ranch operated near the Thurman bridge. He went to school in Warrensburg at the same time as my late husband Merv Hadden, and Don used to visit us often. A cheerful, down-to-earth man, I was always glad to see him. His daughter Sandra LaFond today lives on Milton Avenue and his son, Donald B. Stone Jr. lives in town.

Don had a big family and his brother, C. Walton “Buck” Stone was chief of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co.. Don owned Stone’s Gulf Station on the corner of Main St. and Mountain Avenue, where TD Bank stands now, and he owned a truck stop north of Warrensburg which he leased to Martha "Tyke'" Duell, a building that was later enlarged substantially to become the North Gateway Restaurant.

A labor of love

Donald Stone bought the Smith house at 46 Hudson St. and one day he took me on a tour. I remember looking down at the grand winding staircase with its vaulted ceiling overhead and Don saying, “I do all the work here. I start painting in one area and by the time I work my way around the house back to where I started, it is time to do it all over again.”

Donald Brooks Stone died Feb. 3, 1977 and his funeral service, like those of the various owners who had died before him, was held in the house he loved. He is buried in the Warrensburg Cemetery.

In next week’s Journal I will tell readers of the recent stewardship of the house at 46 Hudson St., a destiny which surely would have pleased original owner John G. Smith.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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