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 Mary Elizabeth <I>Franks</I> Stewart

Mary Elizabeth Franks Stewart

Birth
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
Death 9 Dec 1929 (aged 43)
Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Burial Delta Township, Eaton County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 77421901 · View Source
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Born on Mackinac Island to Maude Cable and Edward A Franks. Mary learned the art of hand dipping chocolates from her father-in-law Robert Stewart who ran Stewart's Sweet Shop in Pontiac, Michigan. She, her mother, and daughter lived with the elder Stewarts for 5 years while she perfected her trade. She owned and operated Mary Stewart Tea Rooms in Lansing and East Lansing. She was a liberated woman before that was popular. Instead of getting remarried she set out on her own to provide for her little family. Her tea rooms were a great success. To quote her in an article in the paper 1928 "The Candy girl learns to know the man who buys candy solely for a gift, in contrast to the man who expects to eat some himself. If the former, he says 'Give me a box of chocolates'- if the latter, 'Do me up a box of chocolates and put quite a few caramels in it' he requests. If he buys a small sack of sweets each day at the same hour, and puts it in his right coat pocket she knows that this is his dessert and it will never get closer to home than the office stenographer."
In April of 1929 she bought a REO Flying Cloud touring car and took her mother and daughter on a road trip to Florida. She also drove this car to Washington DC for the national convention of the National Association of Retail Confectioners of which she was vice-president. On this trip to Washington she presented President Herbert Hoover with a large box of her hand dipped chocolates.


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 77421901
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Elizabeth Franks Stewart (15 Sep 1886–9 Dec 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 77421901, citing Deepdale Memorial Park, Delta Township, Eaton County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by ME Three (contributor 47599434) .