When Toni Stone arrived in San Francisco, she needed to find a job. She slept at the bus station for a couple days, but soon she was employed and had a room. Stone found a job as a welder in the San Francisco docks, but the problem was that she did not know how to weld. It did not take long for her boss to realize this, and he asked what she could do instead. Just as an army truck pulled up, Stone said she could drive it and hopped in.
Through her transition in California, Toni Stone realized she could reinvent herself to be whatever she pleased. This is where she changed her name from her birth name, Marcenia Stone, to Toni Stone. She found it to be more fitting than Marcenia. She was more confident with the name Toni, as confident as Aurelius Alberga. Alberga, forty years her elder, is Stone's future husband. She met him after her move to San Francisco and they got to know each other. Stone told Alberga of her barnstorming and playing on boys teams during her time growing up. He started to look into getting Stone on a local team.
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