Coach Stone Returns

by Mary Rivers

Originally Published In Village News Oct. 22, 1998

Contributed by the Fallbrook Historical Society

Fred and Winifred Stone (affectionately known as "Stoney" and "Winnie") of Jamestown, California, formerly of Fallbrook, will be attending the Reunion of the Class of 1948 and their celebration planned for this weekend.

The Stones came to Fallbrook in 1945 while he was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton. While Fred was on overseas duty Winifred began her teaching career with her first class being the sixth grade at Fallbrook Elementary School. Many of her former students will be welcoming her home this weekend.

Upon his return from overseas, Stoney took a job with Fallbrook High School as the new head coach and teacher. Winnie joined him on the staff where they taught for two years.

Stoney coached the 'famous' C.I.F. championship team of 1947-48 known as The Legend for the Future to Build Toward. He organized the Fallbrook Quarterback Club, which provided, along with much dedicated support, the light for the field and thus the first night football for Fallbrook High.

Recently a party was held to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at the home of their eldest son Mike and his wife Sheila Stone in Oakdale. Fifty-four former Fallbrook students and/or football players and their spouses attended. They were there because they believed it was time to get together and let the Stones know how much they meant to their lives during their short stay in Fallbrook. They all agreed that they were two of the most loving and caring teachers they had ever met.

The class is planning their reunion to begin with participating in the F.U.H.S. Homecoming game Friday night.

Saturday they will spend the afternoon at the Fallbrook Historical Museum then enjoy a dinner and get-together at Pala Mesa Country Club. They will be celebrating the 50 years that have passed since they were together at Fallbrook Union High School and honoring the Stones, Fred, who just turned 85 and Winnie who is a very young 83. After brunch at Pala Mesa Sunday morning the group plans to spend the afternoon at Live Oak Park.

Everyone who was acquainted with the Class of '48 and the Stones are encouraged to join in the Sunday brunch at Pala Mesa between 10 a.m. and noon and the fun at the park from 1 to 4. Bring cold drinks and snacks to share.

Go To:

Fallbrook Historical Society
Fallbrook, CA Area Information: History
Elizabeth Yamaguchi's Writings On Fallbrook History

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