Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
SQUIRE STEWART is among the first
settlers of the productive agricultural country in the vicinity of Mission,
Chelan county. His father, Riley Stewart, was a native of Kentucky,
a descendant of the old Scotch Stewarts of historical fame, who for a great
many generations have lived in the southern states. The mother was
born in Tennessee, of prominent ancestors. Both parents of our subject
The latter was reared in Illinois until five
years old, moving thence to Utah and California in ox carts. In the
latter state the mother died, and our subject returned to Illinois, the
father remaining in California. In 1857 he again crossed the plains,
just previous to the historical Mountain Meadow massacre. For many
years subsequently he rode the cattle ranges in Utah. In 1868 he
went to San Bernardino, California, returning shortly afterward to Utah
where for twelve years he engaged in mining operations. He arrived
in Mission in 1884, secured land, had a contest with the railway company,
but won his case, and located on his present home. He has one full
brother, William R., and a half brother, George W. Mills, and one sister,
He was married at Joab Valley, Utah, to Miss
Algenora Edmiston, a native of that state. Her father, John, was
born in Pennsylvania, her mother in Vermont. Both parents are dead.
Mrs. Stewart has four brothers and two sisters, William, Charles, Warren,
George, Eliza Longabaugh and Mary Anderson. She is the mother of
seven children, Simeon, John, James B., Martha Brusha, Lily L. Waters,
Alice and Grace. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart are members of the Presbyterian
church. He is a Republican, but not particularly active in politics.
The father of our subject, Riley Stewart,
played a prominent part in the Black Hawk War, as a soldier, from the beginning
to the end. Mrs. Stewart had two brothers in the Civil War.
Her oldest brother was killed in Utah by Indians. Her parents, early
Utah pioneers, were among the first Gentiles to settle in the territory.
Mr. Stewart was one of the first crew
that went up the Columbia river in the steamer, City of Ellensburg.