Sgt James Maitland Stewart

Sgt James Maitland Stewart

West Mahoning Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Mar 1932 (aged 92)
Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Indiana, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section D, Lot 1
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Son of John Kerr Stewart and Elizabeth Armstrong Stewart


Tomorrow morning the mortal remains of James M. Stewart will be laid to rest under the "little green tent" in Greenwood cemetery. As an immortal the soul of the beloved husband, father, counsellor and friend is with the blessed. "Taps" have been sounded for the soldier and he is resting, waiting for the "first call."

The last rites will be conducted in the Second United Presbyterian Church, Seventh street, tomorrow morning at ten-thirty o'clock, by his pastor, the Rev. Samuel W. Shane, the body lying in state from nine o'clock until the hour of service, when the casket will be closed not again to be opened.

Active pall-bearers for the funeral will be Edward Thompson, Audley L. Mabon, William Wetzel, John McLaughlin, Roy McQuilken and William Miller, all relatives of the deceased. The honorary pall-bearers will be Burgess B.H. Lichteberger, James S. Blair, Harry White, Judge J.N. Longham, Robert E. Young and John M. Daughtery.

There is mingled sadness and gladness in the passing of a worthy gentleman, such as Mr. Stewart was- sadness in the worldly separation of a kindred spirit; gladness in the hope of the heavenly reunion when friends will come together once more.

Charity cloaked in anonymity was one of the sterling characteristics of Mr. Stewart. Many have risen up and called him blessed, when his hand and his means were seen in the alleviating of a distress that seemed over-powering. Not alone in his home land was this characteristic seen, calls for aid from overseas never went unheeded and letters of appreciation from distant lands have been received.

Friendliness was another of his virtues. A happy smile, a cheery greeting, a wave of his hand came to all those who spoke to and with him, it was a recognition of man to man despite the difference in the age and the generation.

Religion played a great part in forming his life. Close attention to the scriptures and attendance upon divine worship were essential parts of his life and of his influence and material gifts, the church of his choice and other denominations were lightened of burdens more or less great.

A keen memory, a love for the poetic, the pleasure of quoting from the masters of all degrees, was often uppermost in his walk through life. A full mind, well-rounded out with the lovable common-places as well as the aesthetic, brought life in full measure to this gentleman of the old school.

Business ethics and business standards of high degree made for Mr. Stewart many friends in the marts of trade and during his years of active life in his chief business enterprise, his advice and counsel were always at the call of those in need of such instruction.

The tenth child of John Kerr Stewart and Elizabeth Armstrong Stewart, James M. Stewart was born March 24, 1839 in the stone house in West Mahoning township, later the home of John McCormick. He was educated in the common schools, at Dayton Academy and Westminster College and taught school for several years.

He enlisted in January, 1864, in the Civil War, as a member of the Signal Corps. He participated in the battles of Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fisher's Hill, and the operations about Richmond and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and served until the end of the war. During his enlistment he saw and knew Lincoln and Grant and was in Winchester with "Sheridan but 20 miles away." His interest in the War of the Rebellion and the following years never was permitted to become dulled and he kept in constant touch with all things military, with his own organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, and with the organizations that were the outcome of the Spanish-American War and the World War. He was a good soldier.

After the War Mr. Stewart entered into the employ of his brother, A.M. Stewart, then the sole owner of the "Big Warehouse." In a few years he was admitted to partnership with A.M. Stewart under the firm name of A.M. Stewart & Company. Later he bought out the interest of his brother, having taken into partnership his nephew, A.W. Mabon, and the firm continued as J.M. Stewart & Company. In 1921 he retired from the partnership. In the withdrawal of Mr. Mabon who entered into business with his two sons, there was a reorganization of J.M. Stewart & Company, in which Mr. J.M. Stewart expressed his desire to remain in an advisory capacity. This was arranged and not a day passed when, in good health, but that Mr. Stewart was to be seen on the streets, going to and from the business place, which he had so long sponsored.

With his church and military associations, Mr. Stewart, socially, was connected with the Ingleside Club and the members were always pleased when his name appeared on the program or when he became host at the weekly meeting.

Mr. Stewart leaves his widow, Mrs. Marian Ferguson Stewart, and two sons by a former marriage, Alexander M. Stewart, active head of J.M. Stewart & Co., and Ernest Stewart, Esq. He also leaves six grandchildren; James M. Stewart, a senior at Princeton; Miss Mary Wilson Stewart, a student at Carnegie Institute of Technology; Miss Virginia Stewart, a student at Birmingham School; Miss Emma Stewart, a teacher in Connellsville; John D. Stewart a student at Exeter and Ernest Stewart, Jr., of Indiana.

(Indiana Evening Gazette - Friday, March 18, 1932)


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