A Guide to the Hubert L. Stone Memoir, 1894-1919
Hubert L. Stone was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1894. After his mother died in 1900, Hubert, his father, and his siblings lived with various relatives across the country before his father procured a job as a manager of a wholesale meat plant in Texarkana, Texas. Stone completed high school in 1912 and took a job with the Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad's main office in Texarkana. Dissatisfied with his prospects for the future, he completed a course to become a stenographer. In 1913 Stone moved to Houston, where he found a job with the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railroad as the Chief Clerk to the General Claim Agent. Due to an economic recession beginning in 1913, Stone was laid off in the spring of 1914. He moved to Kingsville after receiving a job offer from the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad, working again as a Chief Clerk and Claim Agent.
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, Stone applied to enter the Army as an officer. He was assigned to the 5th Company and completed his officer training at the First Officers Training Camp at Leon Springs, outside of San Antonio. He applied for pilot training in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps, completed the Ground School at the University of Texas at Austin, and was deployed to Italy for flying training. He earned his wings in January of 1918, was commissioned as a First Lieutenant, and received his certification as a bombardment pilot in May of 1918. He conducted air raids from Roissy-en-France, near Paris, and also served as a bombing instructor near Clermont-Ferrand. After the war ended in November 1918, Stone returned to the United States in March 1919 and was formally discharged. He married Nina Myers, whom he had met in Kingsville and had become engaged to before beginning officer training, later that year.
The Hubert L. Stone Memoir chronicles Hubert Stone's life growing up in Texarkana, Texas, working for the Louisiana and Arkansas Railroad in Houston and the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad in Kingsville, and his experiences during WWI as an officer and bomber pilot in France.
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Hubert L. Stone Memoir, 1894-1919, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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