Father Stone – Vail’s first pastor
Father Thomas Stone was assigned to be pastor of St. Patrick’s, and he also received special permission to say mass in Vail in the Casino, usually Sunday mornings at 8 a.m., before the Casino was cleaned from the night before.
Father Stone was a charming, outgoing person who soon became popular with everyone. He was included in most of the parties, was very effective as a counselor and became a part of the community.
Before television in Vail, friends would go to his house to watch T.V. on his black-and-white set. Father Stone was a figure on the mountain, too. He stood out skiing in his mustard yellow outfit.
However, his popularity didn’t sit too well with his supervisors in the diocese and he was ultimately “banished” to a retreat east of Denver. It was a sad day when he left. He died in 1996.
Editor’s Note: In a continued effort to help the community understand its roots, the Vail Daily for a second time is serializing Dick Hauserman’s “The Inventors of Vail.” This is the 69th installment, an excerpt from chapter 10, “The VIPs and the Notables.” The book is available at Verbatim Booksellers, The Bookworm of Edwards, Pepi’s Sports, Gorsuch Ltd. and The Rucksack, as well as other retailers throughout the valley. Hauserman can be contacted by phone at 926-2895 or by mail at P.O. Box 1410, Edwards CO, 81632.