|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1857|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1928|
Professor Ezra D. Stewart, one of the most widely known educators of this section, died suddenly at his country home Sunday evening, June 17, from heart failure. He was taken ill in his classroom in the college about ten days before and remained at home for several days. However he met his classes in the summer school all last week and attended the commencement exercises. He seemed in his usual health on Sunday, but in the evening his death occurred suddenly.
Ezra D. Stewart, a son of John and Sarah Spragg Stewart, deceased, was born in Wayne Township, Greene county, June 9, 1857. His grandfather was James Stewart and his great grandfather was Isaac Stewart, the latter a pioneer settler in Greene county who purchased lands from the Indians by tomahawk right. Professor Stewart was fond of telling how this ancestor sold one thousand acres of land for a rifle and a colt.
He attended the Phillips and Kniseley schools and at the age of nineteen taught his home school. He entered Waynesburg college in the fall of 1879, having taught continuously until that time. He was graduated from Waynesburg college in the class of 1884, and the following school year taught at Garard's Fort. Here he met Miss Lana M. Waychoff with whom he was united in marriage, July 2, 1885. That summer he was elected associate teacher with his brotherinlaw, Prof. A. J. Waychoff, in the normal school of the college. In 1885-86 he was assistant principal of the public schools of Sunbury, Pa., and later principal of the public schools of Kingwood, W. Va. From 1888 to 1891 he taught at Spraggs, where he held three summer normals. From these sessions came a large number of the outstanding teachers of Greene county. In 1900 Professor Stewart took post graduate work at Harvard. In 1891 he again became an instructor in the normal schools of Waynesburg college. From 1893 to 1896 he served as superintendent of schools of Greene county.
From 1896 until his death he was, with the exception of a few years, associated with Waynesburg college, first as teacher in the normal department, then as junior professor of mathematics under Professor Walter G. Scott. At Professor Scott's retirement he became head of the department of mathematics. During the last ten years he also taught Greek, especially emphasizing the relation of this language to the English vocabulary.
His passing marks the last of that well known corps of instructors who served so long and faithfully together on the teaching staff of the college. The others were: Dr. A. B. Miller, Professor Walter G. Scott, Professor James E. Reinhart and Professor Andrew J. Waychoff.
He was a most kind and helpful teacher and was deeply interested in his students and the college.
Beside his wife, Mrs. Lana Waychoff Stewart, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Paul R. Stewart, President of Waynesburg college, and Donald S. Stewart, of Waynesburg, and one sister, Mrs. Belle Hoge, of Carmichaels.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in the First Presbyterian church and were attended by a large number of friends, students, the faculty and trustees of the college filling the auditorium of the church to capacity. Interment was in the family plot in Glades cemetery, Carmichaels.
John N. Stewart (1828 - 1905)
Sarah J. Spragg Stewart (1830 - 1915)
Lana Margaret Waychoff Stewart (1862 - 1957)
Paul Rich Stewart (1887 - 1974)*
Donald Spragg Stewart (1890 - 1984)*
Ezra DeGarmo Stewart (1857 - 1928)
Lydia Arabella Stewart Hoge (1860 - 1929)*
Plot: Side B Row 2 Section 4
Created by: Cicely Stewart
Record added: Jul 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38942084