JOHN W. STONER.
  
JOHN W. STONER.
JOHN W. STONER.
John W. Stoner, deceased, is numbered with those pioneers who were the founders of Cokeville and promoted the development of this section of Wyoming. His worth as a man and citizen was widely acknowledged, and his deaths which occurred in December, 1907, was therefore a matter of deep regret throughout the community in which he lived. He was born October 31, 1837, on the boundary line of Maryland and of Pennsylvania, the home probably being in Franklin county, Pennsylvania. His father, John Stoner, was of German lineage, although the family had long been established in Pennsylvania. John W. Stoner was reared and educated in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, and started out to earn his own living when quite young. Removing to the west, he made the trip overland and resided for a time in Montana, where he engaged in mining. He then came to Wyoming and was among the first settlers in Cokeville, where he secured a homestead claim. He followed general merchandising until his death and was also one of the prominent live stock raisers of this section of the state. Hi,s business interests were carefully and systematically conducted and his close application and persistency of purpose constituted strong elements in his growing prosperity. In his vocabulary there was no such word as fail and he carried forward to successful completion whatever he undertook.
In April, 1892, at Smithburg, Maryland, Mr. Stoner was united in marriage to Miss Nannie R. Fogler, a native of Maryland and a daughter of the late Curtis and Sarah (Geiser) Fogler, who were likewise natives of Maryland, the former of Scotch descent and the latter of German lineage. Both have now passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Stoner became the parents of two children. Roscoe F., the elder, was born in Cokeville, May 15, 1893, and has married Imogene Collett. He resides in Cokeville. The daughter, Sarah, born February 9, 1896, in Cokeville, is the wife of John A. Larson, a banker of Cokeville, and by her marriage has become the mother of two children: Ruth Stoner, who was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 25, 1916; and Pauline Stoner, born October 23, 1917.
Mr. Stoner gave his political support to the republican party and was very active in civic matters, standing at all times for those plans and measures which contribute to the development and promote the upbuilding of the community. He was a member of the school board of Cokeville and the cause of education found in him a stalwart champion. He belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was a man of high ideals and the sterling traits of his character were manifest in all of his relations. He was thoroughly reliable as well as progressive in business, held friendship inviolable and was most loyal to the ties of home and family. In fact, he found his greatest happiness in providing for the welfare of his wife and children.