Revised: July 9, 2017
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Meet our Relatives - Stoneson Branch
Henry Stonson was born 17 May 1895 in Victoria. His residence in 1941 was 100 Stonecrest Drive, San Francisco, one of the houses he built for himself. Basically across the street from Stonestown. Sadly, he passed away from heart attack in 30 Dec 1958, probably in San Francisco, California. .
BUILDERS OF STONESTOWN, SAN FRANCISCO,
Henry registered with the WWI Civilian Draft Registration in Ketchikan.
Since there is almost nothing on the Stonestons on the Internet considering their importance to San Francisco, I am adding this page to bring more information and photos online.
Henry Stoneson, born 17 May 1895 in Victoria, British Columbia, died 30 Dec 1958. Residence was Blaine Washington, then Ketchikan, First Judicial District, Alaska, then San Francisco (see photo-right). Married to Hazel Chresson, of Norwegian descent. Henry Stoneson is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery (Colma). Not even mentioned here or at Woodlawns page, which are only current people. Roy will work on visiting all of the families graves.
Source: TMP898 file,
"Henry Stoneson was married to Hazel Stoneson until she passed away. Her parents were Harry Chrisson, born in Norway in 1864, settled in Seattle, King, Washington, and Hannah Matilda Chrisson, also born in Norway in 1874. Henry remarried a woman by the name of Willett. Hazel was my Great Grandmother."
Their leisure time was spent in Clear Lake, California.
Google Photos of Stonestown
"attached a picture from your website that is incorrect, except for naming Stoney Stoneson.
Henry Stoneson's obituary captures the legacy of these two brothers: "Mr. Stoneson was given credit for a new concept in buildings---the city within a city."
Henry (1895-1958) and Ellis (1893-1952) Stoneson created major housing and shopping near San Francisco's Lake Merced. The Stoneson Development Corporation built close to 25,000 homes in the Bay Area and became one of the nation's largest home building companies.
Born in Victoria, Canada (the sons of immigrant Icelanders) the Stoneson Brothers arrived in San Francisco in 1920 and started building houses on a small scale. Business increased during the Depression with the liberal lending policies of the Federal Housing Administration, and later the Stonesons benefited greatly from government funding to create wartime housing during World War II.
In the late 1930s they started work on the Lakeside development, a strip of immaculate homes served by a small commercial section (Lakeside Village). In Lakeside, both brothers constructed personal mansions: Ellis at 30 Stonecrest Drive and Henry just down the street at 100 Stonecrest Drive.
In 1949, the brothers took the ideas of Lakeside a giant step further. Across 19th Avenue they broke ground on Stonestown. Featuring over 700 apartments next to a major shopping center of some 75 businesses, a medical building, grocery store, and eventually a theater, Stonestown attempted to be a self-contained community within a major city.
Both served as presidents and directors of various local and national home builder and contractor associations. On the cusp of their greatest success, the opening of Stonestown in 1952, Ellis died of a heart attack at only 59 years of age. Younger brother Henry passed away just a few years later.
Because of their proclivity for sneaking derivatives of "Stone" into their street names and developments, the Stoneson brothers made sure San Francisco couldn't forget their work.
Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, August 24, 1952, December 31, 1958.
AUG 12, 2012 Conversation with Hank Christopherson: Hank said that Henry moved to the corner house anfter his first wife died, as Roy commented "that Henry could look across or cross the street and be at work (his job-site). Roy asked why they did not live side by side and Ellis' house was smaller. Hank said both were large homes at the time, and they developed all those houses near Stonecrest. [the give away are streets with Stone in the name]. Henry was there in 1943 or 45 when the four nephews, Lorne, Ted, Sig and Henry were in the service abroad. Roy wished he could have a whole wall of this family website for Hank to look at, as he has no Internet.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Stonestown Galleria is a 862,000-square-foot (80,100 m2) shopping mall in San Francisco, California anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's, and Borders Books & Music. The original Stonestown Mall was developed by Stoneson Development Corporation, but the complex is now owned and managed by General Growth Properties, and is located immediately north of San Francisco State University.
Redevelopment and Recent Changes
Layout and Design
Stoneridge Shopping Center is an upscale regional shopping center located in Pleasanton, California. The center is managed and co-owned by Simon Property Group, and is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy's in two separate locations, J. C. Penney, and Sears.
The mall opened in 1980 and is part of the larger Stoneridge master planned neighborhood originally developed by Stoneson Development Corporation, whose founders also developed Lakeside Village and Stonestown Galleria in nearby San Francisco after World War II....
Stoneson Development Corporation
1. Ingibjorg Leopoldina Thorsteinsson
2. Stephania Ingibjorg Maria Emma Stoneson Oddstad b. 1889
3. Joe Stoneson b. 17 Mar 1892
4. Ellis Stoneson, b. 1893, d. 1952
5. Henry Stoneson b. 17 May 1895
6. Guðrún 'Runa'/'Roonie' STONESON Christopherson b. Feb 1897
7. Baldwin Stoneson b. Jan 18988
1. Eloise 'Lois' A Preston
2. Helen Claire STONESON Schumacher
ALSO OF INTEREST
TO DO: Insert Blaine House photo
Compare Image 3450 to ones of henry bottom left
Possibly Henry at school
Courtesy - Sig & Hank Christopherson Collection
Roy was unaware that the Stoneson Development Corporation was still in business after the passing of Donald Stoneson. However, below research says it is no more.
Article - Pleasanton, Stoneridge Shopping Center
, In 2004 General Growth Properties bought Stonestown from Pacific Acquisition Corp for $312 million. Each store is occupied.
Here Saratoga Oaks is mentioned.
"The Lake Merced District has an eclectic mix of real estate. The Stoneson Development Company and the Standard Building Company, operated by Carl and Fred Gellert, were instrumental in the mid-century development of District 3." source
Roy knew of this landslide in Millbrae at the time of its occurance in 2000. He went to school with Steve, Carl's son. Decades ago the hillside had drains (troughs?) built. The hillside was above Meadows school and seen by Roy many times. He used to climb the hill north of Meadows school. The top was fenced off for horse trail. Over the years the hill eroded at one spot to the point where we would hang on to the fence to cross the missing terrain all the way up to the Meadows pool. Update
No, this monument does NOT exist, except in the imagination of Roy Christopherson. As mentioned elsewhere, I am sure, Roy worked for 5 years at Stonestown. Went over the the Developement office in the front center, but was not allowed to get in touch with Don. Perhaps passed away before then. Roy described this idea for statue, after visiting the mall some 20 yrs later. Absolutely no plaque or mention of The Stoneson Bros. at the mall!
Maybe someone in the family will push for this?
OVERHEAD VIEW TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE STONESTON SHOPPING CENTER
Could a statue ever be errected (simulated here) of the Stoneson brothers in bronze?
With Henry on right gesturing a vision with his brother Ellis, with nothing but hilly countryside before them?
Plaque in front or under them, standing on a hammer
Or perhaps inside the center of the mall, away from little hooligans?
Idea shared with Nonni in 2014 then Jackie. A few years ago, there was "nothing" on Henry & Ellie on the web. Hope these few pages remind the world of their great achivements.
Photos and stories always welcome and added within if given pernission. I believe all the photos were Gudrun's (their sister/our GM), and passed down to aunt Lil, and saved by Hank and Bill, then Sig/Hank.