DORMAN VIRGIL STEWART
Virgil Stewart, a worthy young native son of the Golden state, is secretary and
manager of the Forty-fifth District Agricultural Association of the State of California, with offices
on the Imperial County Fair Grounds at Imperial. He was born in San Francisco, May 14, 1897. His father, William Bailey Stewart, a native
of Dumbarton, Scotland,
was a graduate of an English naval academy and after immigrating to America became
an officer in the United States Navy. He
was killed in the Spanish-American war.
William B Stewart married Florence Benita Dorman, a native of Virginia, whose family
is related to the Ware and Greenlee families of Old Dominion. She is now a resident of Pasadena, California.
Virgil Stewart, an only child, attended the high schools of San
Francisco and Oakland and after
putting aside his textbooks devoted his attention to the management of the Lewis
ranch in Tulare County, California, for about three years. Then he enlisted for service in the World war
and went overseas with the Second Division in the Signal Corps, remaining in France for
nineteen months. He was wounded and
gassed in the fighting. Following his
return to the United States
he was honorably discharged at San Francisco
on the 15h of August, 1919. He came to
Imperial Valley in 1922 and is now secretary and manager of the Forty-fifth District
Agricultural Association of the State of California,
which does education work among the farmers in modern
methods of agriculture.
September, 1919, Mr. Stewart was united in marriage to Mattie Platt Gaskill,
daughter of Alexander Gaskill, of Long
Branch, New Jersey. Mrs. Stewart is very active in auxiliary work
and is chairman of the Child Welfare Association of Imperial. Mr. Stewart has membership in the American
Legion and the Disabled American Veterans Association and fraternally is
affiliated with Imperial Lodge, No. 390, F. & A. M., at Imperial. Physically he is a well proportioned man of
splendid physique, and his favorite sports are baseball and hunting.
By: Michele Y. Larsen on August 19, 2012.
of the South Vol. V,
by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 241-242,
Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles,
© 2012 Michele
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