Muscatine County Iowa

Here is what the abbreviations in the bios stand for: far: farm; Co.: company or county; dir: dealer; IVA: Iowa Volunteer Artillery; IVC: Iowa Volunteer Cavalry; IVI: Iowa Volunteer Infantry; P.O.: Post Office; S. or Sec.: section; and st.: street.

Source: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Biographical Section, 1879, page 620

WILLIAM H. STEWART, retired merchant, Muscatine; was born in Greene Co., N. Y., March 12, 1813, and is the son of James H. Stewart and Betsy, nee Osborne; he died in Meigs Co., Ohio, in 1865, when 93 years of age; his wife, the mother of our subject, is still living in Ohio, and is in the 94th year of her age; William H. was raised on his father's small farm, and for several seasons he worked for the neighboring farmers, receiving 6 1/4 cents per day; his wages were afterward increased to 12 1/2 cents per day; when 14 years of age he began learning the boot and shoe trade; after completing his trade, he removed to Ohio, and, in 1836, he engaged in business in Marietta and continued until 1854, when he came to Iowa and located in Muscatine, and engaged in the boot and shoe trade; after continuing in the trade over twenty-one years, he retired from active business, his son Theodore succeeding him. Mr. Stewart has served in the City Council in Marietta, Ohio, and after coming to Muscatine was elected to the Board of Supervisors of the county, where he served for eight years, and was Chairman of the Board during the last three years; he was one of the original organizers of the Merchants' Exchange National Bank of Muscatine, and has been one of the Board of Directors since it was organized; he is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has filled all the chairs and positions of the Order. On the 15th of November, 1838, he married Miss Cynthia Monson at Marietta, Ohio; their children are William, Purchasing Agent of the St. Paul & Milwaukee Railroad; Sylvester N., living in Philadelphia, Penn.; Marcus, engaged in the boot and shoe business in Tipton, Iowa; Theodore S., who succeeds his father in the boot and shoe business in this city; Edward C., engaged in boot and shoe business at Creston, Iowa; Rita, the only daughter, married Mr. E. H. Betts, publisher of the Tribune.

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