BY THE SWEAT OF HIS OWN BROW


| September/October 1985



Stone and his wife Beatrice

Stone and his wife Beatrice pose in front of their 1928 steam engine.

Art Stone, owner and operator of six sawmills in Pennsylvania and Maryland, was featured as a hard-working old timer in an article by Bill Crawford in the AARP News Bulletin for June 1985.

Art has a 1917 Frick steam traction engine on his home property, and keeps a 1907 Case at Williams Grove, Pa., where he and his wife Beatrice have been members for 30 years. He also has a Frick stationary engine, 9 x 12, 1917. He operates the sawmill at his home site, Sandy Spring, Md., with a Rumely 40-60. 'It's a big one,' he comments.

This article is reprinted from the AARP News Bulletin with permission.

Art Stone makes money the old-fashioned way. He works with his hands and muscles. He's an early riser, doesn't drink or smoke and says he can 'do the work of two men.'

At 87, Stone is the owner and operator of six sawmills, two in Pennsylvania and four in Maryland. He built the first mill near Grantham, Pa., in 1932, and soon decided he had found his niche in life. He loves the business so much that his wife, Beatrice, 77, says, 'He gets up at five o'clock every morning and works all day...I can't remember when he missed a day in the mill it was so long ago.'

In 1964, the Stones moved to Sandy Spring, Md., a bucolic setting only a few miles from the teeming suburbs of Washington, D.C. On a 10-acre spread that is storybook stuff from a bygone era, Stone can be found huffing and puffing, exhorting workers and toiling as though he were a hired hand. Stone and his workmen are sawing walnut logs that will become panels for a customer's new den.