Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
LAWRENCE O. STEWART was born
in Friendsville, Wabash county, Illinois, March 13, 1877. He is the
son of James C. and Mary E. (Couch) Stewart, also of Illinois birth, who
lived in their native state until coming to Damon, Washington, in 1888.
They later removed to Chehalis county, and are now living at Montesano,
Washington. They have been parents of five children, all sons: L.
O., N. R., J. O., L. D., and W. L.
Mr. Stewart received his early education in
the common schools of Wabash county, and later at Cosmopolis, and Cedarville,
Washington, and was graduated from the eighth grade of the Oakville public
schools. At the age of twenty he left school and learned the carpenter's
trade, which he followed at intervals covering three years. At the
expiration of that time he entered into partnership with G. F. Taylor,
and founded the Oakville Cruiser,
at Oakville, Washington.
He sold his interest to his partner, which he later purchased back, and
in November, 1903, the firm organized the Adams County Publishing Company
and started the Adams County Hub.
In addition to his newspaper interests Mr.
Stewart has twenty acres of land adjoining the town of Oakville, and also
some city lots in the same town.
Politically, he is an active Republican.
He is a member in good standing of the Modern Woodmen lodge, No. 9,063,
Oakville, and of the Methodist Episcopal church.