South Dakota

Kingsbury County South Dakota

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Hans Christian Gullikson Rude

Charles William Stoner

Bruce Maynard Stoner





Bruce Maynard Stoner

Contributed by Christine Moehring, from the obituary (Winchester, VA) and facts she added

Bruce Maynard Stoner was born May 17, 1921, in Iroquois, South Dakota, the son of Clayton J. and Alice Clayton Stoner. He served as a Marine officer in World War II in the South Pacific. After the war he joined the editorial staff of The Daily Republic newspaper in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he worked for 25 years. He retired in 1974 as executive editor, and the family moved to Virginia.

He was a string correspondent to Time, Life, Fortune, Architectural Forum, and The Christian Science Monitor magazines. He served as press secretary for Senator George McGovern in 1974 and joined the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 1976 as assistant to the vice chairman, where he later served as deputy director of information before retiring in 1984. Since that time, he was managing editor for a dental journal founded by his son, Dr. Craig Clayton Stoner of Winchester, Virginia.

While the family resided in Mitchell, Mr. Stoner was actively involved in community events and his church, St. Mary's Episcopal; and he was a layreader, vestryman, chairman of the Properties Committee, and junior warden of Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester. He was a member of the Winchester Moose Lodge 1283, the Kiwanis Club, the South Dakota Elks, and the Winchester Little Theater.

He was married on April 15, 1944, to Jean Whitney Anderson of Mitchell, South Dakota, daughter of Arthur J. and Louise Bessey Rice Anderson. Jean died November 4, 1975.
He then married Fern Goode Nicholas of Winchester.

Bruce and Jean stoner had 7 children, as follows:
(1) Mary Christine, born 6/14/1947, m. Dr. Carl J. Moehring, residing in Oregon;
(2) Rachele Margaret, born 4/7/1949, m. Charles Olson, then m. James Norbert Stasny, then m. Gerald Alan Riley, residing in Winchester;
(3) Craig Clayton, born 8.14.1950, m. Nancy Anderson, then m. Michelle Woggen, then m. Cathy Ann Hickerson, residing in Winchester;
(4) Patricia Jean, born 3/7/1952, m. Steven Raymond Kent, residing in California;
(5) Elizabeth Alice, born 5/31/1954, m. David George Robertson, residing in California;
(6) William Bruce, born 11/9/1956, m. Lea Dalrymple, then m. Pamela; and
(7) Lynn Louise, born 9/22/1963, m. David Mansir, residing in California.

Bruce Maynard Stoner died in Winchester, Virginia, on May 23, 1989. He was preceded in death by his parents and his only sibling, Russell.

A memorial service was held at Christ Episcopal Church in Winchester.

Charles William Stoner, contributed by Christine Moehring

Charles William Stoner married Roxy (or Roxie) Tyler,b. 1831, d. 1892, m. on February 19, 1851 in Allegan County, Michigan. Roxy is buried in Maplewood Cemetery at Iroquois, Kingsbury County, South Dakota.

The 1850 Census for Michigan, lists the following for Roxy Tyler's family: father, William Tyler b. 1804 age 45; mother Hannah Tyler b. 1809 age 40; children Roxy (b. 1831 age 18), Douglas (age 15), Earl (age 13), and Charles (age 11).

To Roxy and Charles, a son Charles William Stoner, Jr., was born at Decatur, Michigan, on September 2, 1854, although his marriage record lists his birth as 1855. He married Arabell ("Belle") Field Stoner on July 3, 1879, in Hamilton, Michigan. Charles and Belle moved to a farm near Iroquois, South Dakota, in 1882.

To Charles and Belle were born Ray W., Edna (m. John McDeid), Ida (m. Truman Crowell), Gladys (m. L. Little, or in family records, Little Peoples), Minnie (m. H. Scott), Clayton J. (m. Alice Clayton), and Imogene ("Imo", m. W. Jordan).

A 1909 Iroquois business directory lists Stoner & Son, lumber and grain elevator. Charles died in 1927 at Iroquois, South Dakota, at age 89.

C. W. Stoner Biography: This biography appears on pages 295-296 in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger,

C. W. Stoner, a dealer in lumber, grain, machinery and coal, is a highly esteemed resident of Iroquois, and served for four years as a member of the state legislature. He was born September 2, 1854, at Decatur, Michigan, a son of C. W. and Roxy (Tyler) Stoner.

In 1882 the family removed to South Dakota and located upon a homestead two and a half miles south of Iroquois. The father cultivated that land for some years but after the death of his wife made his home with his son, C. W. (Jr.), until he too was called to his reward at the venerable age of eighty-nine years.

C. W. Stoner was educated in the public schools of Michigan and after putting aside his textbooks was connected with the manufacture of lumber and shingles until 1883, when he removed to South Dakota. He settled in Beadle County, where he homesteaded land, which he farmed for two years. At the end of that time he went to Iroquois and entered the mercantile field as a dealer in lumber, grain, machinery and coal. His business has increased steadily, keeping pace with the development of the country and he has become recognized as one of the leaders in commercial circles in Iroquois. He was the first and is now the oldest grain dealer in his part of the state.

On the 3d of July, 1879, Mr. Stoner was united in marriage to Miss Belle Field, a daughter of Warren Field, a resident of Michigan. They have the following children: Ray W.; Edna, now Mrs. John McDeid; lda, now Mrs. Truman Crowell; Gladys, who is now Mrs. L. Little; Minnie, who married H. Scott; Clayton, at home; and Imogene G., now Mrs. W. Jordan.
Mr. Stoner is a Republican and was county commissioner from 1903 to 1907. In the latter year he took office as a member of the state legislature and served until 1911, making a very creditable record in that capacity. His religious belief is indicated in his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He is quite prominent fraternally, being a Mason, an Odd Fellow, an Elk, a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is also identified with the Rebekahs.

He is thoroughly interested in all that pertains to the welfare of his adopted state, is willing, if need be, to sacrifice personal advantage to the public good, and this spirit, combined with his agreeable personality, and integrity, has gained him not only the respect but also the good will of the community.

Charles William Stoner, of Michigan, m. Roxy (or Roxie) Tyler, b. 1831, d. 1892 in Iroquois, SD, Maplewood Cemetery
Child: Charles William Stoner, b. 9/2/1854 in Decatur, MI, d. 1927 in Iroquois, SD; m. on 7/3/1879 in Hamilton, MI, to Arabell ("Belle") Field, b. 1860, buried at Iroquois, SD.

Charles and Belle Stoner had the following children:
Ray W.
Edna (m. John McDeid)
Ida (m. Truman Crowell)
Gladys (m. L. Little Peoples)
Minnie (m. H. Scott)
Clayton J.
Imogene "Imo" (m. W. Jordan)

Clayton J. Stoner b. 10/14/1892 in Iroquois, SD., d. 6/12/1943 buried at Iroquois, SD;
m. on 9/7/1915 in Spokane, WA, Alice Clayton (daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth Ingham Clayton) b. 11/21/1896 in Lancashire, England, d 1/1/1980 in Mitchell, SD, buried in Iroquois, SD.

Information about John and Mary Clayton--John b. 6/13/1873 in Kent, Lancashire, England, d. 4/12/1945 at Wetonka, SD and buried at Iroquois; m. in England to Mary Elizabeth Ingham, d. in Oct. 1937 at Artesian, SD, buried at Iroquois. After Mary died, John remarried in 1943 to unknown widow and lived in Wetonka until his death. John and Mary had two daughters, Mary (Croes) d. 1/11/72 in Aberdeen, SD; and Alice. The family emigrated to South Dakota around 1898.

Clayton J. Stoner and Alice Clayton Stoner had two sons: Russell and Bruce Maynard Stoner, b. 5/17/1921 in Iroquois, SD, d. 5/23/1989 in Arlington, VA, buried in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD; m. 4/15/1944 to Jean Whitney Anderson, b. 1/21/1923 in Mitchell, SD, d. 11/2/1975 in Arlington, VA, buried in Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD.

The children of Bruce Maynard Stoner and Jean Whitney Anderson Stoner are:
Mary Christine (Moehring), b. 6/14/1947 in Mitchell, SD
Rachele Margaret (Olson, then Stasny, then Riley), b. 4/7/1949 in Mitchell, SD
Craig Clayton, b. 8/14/1950 in Mitchell, SD
Patricia Jean (Kent), b. 3/7/1952 in Sioux Falls, SD
Elizabeth Alice (Robertson), b. 5/31/1954 in Mitchell, SD
William Bruce, b. 11/9/1956 in Mitchell, SD
Lynn Louise, b. 9/22/1963 in Mitchell, SD


Contributed by Pamela Hamilton (phamilton(at)

An Overview of Hans Christian Gullikson Rude 1854-1935 and His Journey from Norway to South Dakota

Hans Rude Photo no longer available

Hans Christian Gullikson was born March 20, 1854 in Hurdal, Norway. Hans, name eventually becomes Rude during his residency in South Dakota.

When Hans was 22 years old in 1876, he left his Nordstrun Rud Farm of his family in Hurdal in April to come to America. This lengthy sailing trip started at Oslo (then known as Christiana) to Liverpool, England then from there to America. His voyage to America is lost in time as a paper trail can't be found. Whatever port he arrived to in America, he made his way to Filmore County, Minnesota to stay with his dad's sister.

By April 21, 1879 Hans has made his way to Volga, South Dakota and to homestead a farm south of Volga per a Homestead Affidavit. Hans also is found in 1879 as a Charter Member of the First Norwegian Evangelical Church in Volga. In March 1880 Hans marries Anna Hattlestad from Filmore County, Minnesota and brings her to his Volga farm. Seven of nine of their children were born in Volga, S.D. His children's surnames on their baptism registration are Rud found at the Volga First Norwegian Church.

October 9, 1899 Hans sells the Volga Farmstead for $3,500. The family moved to a new farm near Arlington in Denver Township, Kingsbury County South Dakota. This farm had a very large beautiful house. Only one picture is found of this farm house taken about 1911 or before. The history of this picture is that the Norwegian Rudd relatives "had this picture" and when they were found by Marie Hamilton Marrier in the 1990's, they sent this picture to her.

In June 1900, Hans and Anna lost one of their older sons and he is buried in the Nordland Cemetery. Following this event, Anna gives birth to two more children at the Arlington farm with their last baby girl Ester dying at birth 1904.

Hans can't be found in the 1880 Federal Census. By the 1900 census his surname is Rude.

In 1911, the farm with the big house is sold and the family moves into Arlington, S.D. In 1912 Hans made a trip back to Norway using the name Hans Gullikson.

Then in 1913, Hans experiences a great loss as his wife Anna Marie Rude dies at age 52 in Arlington. Hans and his family remain in Arlington until 1919 when he and several sons and their families move to Rhinelander, WI. Prior to this move, Hans and his youngest son went to Norway in 1918. Hans is found again as Hans Gullikson on the ship manifest.

During the next 15 years of life until he died, Hans moved about every 6 months moving from and living with his children in Wisconsin.

Hans died April 6, 1935. Following his funeral in Rhinelander, WI, his body was escorted back to South Dakota by his son Otis Rude. Following a funeral service in Arlington, S.D. Hans was laid to rest next to his beloved Anna at the Nordland Cemetery.