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Stone to sign third edition of history book


In the last century, Bill Stone was Fairview's most constant citizen. Historian, church member, descendant of a founding family, city leader, he was rated in an Outlook special edition in 1999 as one of the century's most influential people in East County.

Just one of his many contributions to his community was writing and publishing a Fairview history in 1970, followed by a second edition in 1971.

'Longevity seemed to be his pattern in life,' wrote his daughter, Nancy Stone Hoover, who has just published the third edition of her father's 'History of Fairview.'

After her father died in 1978. Nancy Stone Hoover and her husband Roy, returned to the community to live with her widowed mother. Among the many duties they took on - Roy was on the city council, both are pillars of the Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society - she added the publishing of her father's book.

Bill Stone was not the only family member to practice longevity. Nancy, and her sisters, descendants of the city's founders, Hiram and Hannah Smith, continue to nurture the community's history.

'It took a long time,' Nancy says, laughing at the pace she pursued the reprinting. She worried at first about how to reprint her father's history and how to deal with clarifications and changes since it was first published 41 years ago.

Stone's original book, printed by the graphic arts department that was then at Reynolds High School, benefits from updated and clearer digital photos. And Nancy Hoover decided to add short biographies of the rest of Stone family, including her father, who was too modest to say much about himself in the first edition. She added, with the help of archaeologist Melissa Darby, a biography of Old John, the Chinookan Indian who had lived so long in the community.

Co-workers at the Fairview Rockwood Wilkes Historical Society contributed improved pictures, editing and an index.

The updating polishes the old book that her father wrote, but the patina is still there in Bill Stone's personal memories of living on 'Duck Lane,' and his fondness for quaint, old-fashioned words.

Nancy Stone Hoover sees the republishing - which she paid for out of personal funds - as a tribute to the 'historian' part of her father's personality. She has inherited the same gene.

Book signing

• Nancy Hoover will sign copies of the 'History of Fairview' at the historic Heslin House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

The book costs $10. Visitors can also have a copy of the book mailed for an extra $3.

Visitors to the Heslin House, 60 Main St., can also tour the house and the historic Fairview City Jail. The historic Zimmerman House, 17111 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, will also be open.