Reverend William E. Stone was born in 1880 in Cranston, Rhode Island. As a photographer, he worked for the Providence Telegram and the Providence Journal-Bulletin. It is estimated that he captured approximately 11,000 glass negatives of early 20 th century Rhode Island during his life. He was also an ordained minister at the Knightsville Congregational Church in Cranston, a congregation he was very active with throughout his life. Stone died in 1957.