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Arthur G. Stewart

Arthur G. Stewart, is an intelligent and enterprising member of the farming community of Cherokee Township.  He was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, October 2, 1853.  His parents , John and Sophrona (Dunham) Stewart, were also natives of the State of Massachusetts; the father was of Scotch-Irish ancestry.  The youth of our subject was passed within the borders of his native State, and his education was obtained in the public schools. Choosing the trade of painting, he served an apprenticeship, and afterward worked as a journey man for some time; later he became foreman, contractor and jobbe in the business.  Not content to spend his life in Massachusetts without at least seeing something of the rest of the world, he removed to Illinois in his twenty-first year and settled at Waterman, DeKalb County.  Afterward he went to Genoa and worked at his trade until 1883, when he came to Iowa and bought eighty acres of land; this was partly broken, but there were not improvements in the way of buildings.  Mr. Stewart erected a good residence of a modern plan, on a most attractive site; there are shade and evergreen trees, and a beautiful lawn nicely laid out in walks.  The conveniences for farming are numerous, and indicate the thrift and good management of the owner.  He has since added forty acres to his farm.

Mr. Stewart was married in De Kalb County, Illinois, October 31, 1875, to Miss Zelia A. Spencer, a daughter of N. W. Spencer, whose biography appears upon another page of this volume.  Three sons have been born of this union: Norman W., Herbert A. and Clarence I.  Mr. Stewart is an active member of the Adventist Church.  In polities he affiliates with the Republican party.  He is a man in the prime of life and has won an enviable position in the county.

Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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