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Robert E. Stone was born in Keene, New Hampshire, in 1882, the son of Solon W. and Lauretta P. Richardson Stone. On July 11, 1909, he married Edith H. Cummings. In 1911, he became partners with Vernon Lloyd Wood in the Wood and Stone Jewelry Store.
From the 1938 Sesquicentennial edition of the Tribute-Republican, Meadville:
" In 1911 [V. L. Wood] entered a partnership with Robert E. Stone and opened the retail jewelry store of Wood and Stone at 967 Water Street which continues there today ."