Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Steward / Stewart / Stuart


The  Rushville  Republican
Rushville, Rush County, Indiana
January 25, 2006
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          Bertha M. Steward,  89, of Carthage, died Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, at Regency Place in Greenfield.  Born May 31, 1916, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of  Ezra and  Minnie (Price) Rumple;  both deceased.  She married  Forest Steward  March 5, 1934; he preceded her in death Feb. 1, 1989.  Mrs. Steward was a homemaker.
          Survivors include three sons,  Marion Steward (Dorothy)  of Carthage,  Albert Steward (Shirley)  of Greenfield and  Floyd Steward (Sharon)  of Anderson; four daughters,  Virginia Davis  of Carthage and  Alice (Charles) BakerViolet Clay  and  Carol Smith, all of Greenfield; one brother,  Jessie Rumple (Emma)  of Carthage; one sister,  Nellie Brown  of New Castle; 20 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one son,  Jack Steward;  one daughter,  Evelyn;  five brothers; and one sister.
          Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carthage Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating.  Burial will follow in Carthage Town Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Carthage Wesleyan Church.  Arrangements by Todd Funeral Home in Rushville.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming  Betty Kitchen


The  Palm  Beach  Post
Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
Friday, March 11, 2005
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Jack Ray Steward
61, Okeechobee
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          Mr. Steward,  an Okeechobee resident for 22 years, died Wednesday.  Born in Carthage, Ind., he was a retired farrier.  Survivors include his wife,  Shirley;  his mother; a son; a stepson,  Sean Wade  of Okeechobee; three brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren.
          Service 11 a.m. Saturday at Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, Okeechobee.  Contributions to the Horseshoe Team, in care of Debbie Collins, 8951 Highway 78 W., Okeechobee, Fla. 34974.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming  Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, 8 Dec 1980
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STEWART
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          Alta M. Stewart, 82, 820 Meridian St., died Sunday morning at Major Hospital, where she had been a patient for two weeks.  She had been in ill health for two months.  Born in Shelby County Aug. 15, 1898, to  Samuel and  Ida (Pope) Moore,  she was married to  Carl Stewart  June 5, 1920, and he preceded her in death, as did two daughters,  Helen Stewart  and  Martha Stillabower  [sic--Stilabower].  Mrs. Stewart is survived by one grandson,  Michael Stillabower  [sic--Stilabower], Buffalo Grove, Ill.
          Mrs. Stewart was a former employee of KCL Corp. and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
          Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Murphy Mortuary and burial will be in the Boggstown Cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming  Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  News
16 May 1973
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Carl Stewart
Dies at 79
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          Carl Stewart,  79, 817 S. Tompkins St., died this morning at Veterans Hospital in Marion where he had been a patient one week.  He had been ill two years and hospitalized at Veterans Hospitals in Indianapolis since December.  Mr. Stewart formerly worked at Allison Engineering and retired from Admiral Corp. here 13 years ago.  He was a veteran of World War I and a member of Victory Post 70, American Legion, and Veterans of World War I Barracks 62.   He attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Boggstown.
          Born Sept. 14, 1893 in Switzerland County, Mr. Stewart was the son of  John and  Nannie (Skeen) Stewart.  On June 5, 1920, he married  Alta M. Moore  in Shelbyville and she survives.  Also surviving are a grandson; two sisters,  Mrs. Lyda Moore and  Mrs. Harry (Olive) Perkins,  and a brother,  Wilbur Webb Stewart,  all of Shelbyville.  Two daughters and two brothers preceded in death.
          Services will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Murphy Mortuary with Pastor Donald A. Klinger officiating.  Burial will be in Boggstown Cemetery with military rites by the Legion.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 3:00 p.m. Thursday.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming  Betty Kitchen


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, February 23, 1968
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MRS. STEWART,  WALDRON,  DIES
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Mrs. Dola A. Stewart, 90, Waldron, died Thursday, February 22, 1968 at the Waldron Nursing Home.
Born June 6, 1877, St. Paul, d/o  William and  Margaret Craig;  last of a family of four.
Married  Manford A. Stewart  on August 21, 1902;  he died December 22, 1943.
Resident of Waldron for many years.
Member of the St. Omer E.U.B. Church.
Survivors:  daughter Mrs. Mabel I. Macke, Waldron;  two grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren.
Services:  Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul with Rev. W. B. Jenkins officiating.
Burial:  Moscow Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, May 28, 1962
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DEATH  CLAIMS
FLOYD  STEWART
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Rites Wednesday For
Former Resident, 71
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          Floyd Stewart,  71, of Hope, a former Shelbyville resident, died Sunday evening in a Columbus nursing home.  Mr. Stewart had been critically ill for the past year and death was attributed to complications.
          Mr. Stewart, a retired barber, was born July 6, 1890, in Laurel County, Ky., a son of  John and  Christine (Bowlin) Stewart.  He is survived by a daughter,  Mrs. Thelma McCain  of Hope, and one son,  Estel Stewart  of Indianapolis.
          The Norman Funeral Home of Hope is in charge of funeral arrangements and funeral services will be held at Hawcreek Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Mike Frodge and Rev. W. T. England officiating.  Friends may call at the residence of Mrs. McCain in Hope after 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Burail will be in Flat Rock cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, May 4, 1959
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DR. STEWART  DIES  SUDDENLY
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Widely - Known  Local
Man  Suffers  Stroke
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          Dr. J. J. Stewart,  77, widely known city and county resident and practicing osteopath-physician in this city since 1919, died suddenly at his home, 406 S. Tompkins St., Sunday morning at 8:30.  He had not been ill but had complained of not feeling well upon returning home from his office Saturday afternoon.  Death was attributed by Coroner Dr. James Tower to a paralytic stroke.
          Dr. Stewart was born in Coitsville Center, O., November 21, 1881, the son of  David C. and  Frances Stewart.  He was graduated from the Kirksville, Mo., college of Osteopathy in 1919 and established his practice in Shelbyville that year.  Widely know for his physical prowess, Dr. Stewart was featured in the late Robert Ripley's "Believe It or Not" publications in 1934 for having lifted by the horn a 250-pound anvil in each hand.  For many years as exercise he trotted some 10 or 12 miles each morning before breakfast.
          Dr. Stewart was a member of the Coitsville Presbyterian Church, Shelby Lodge, F. and A.M.; Naamah chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and was an honorary member of both the Indiana Osteopathic Association of Physicians and Surgeons and the American Osteopathic Association.
          On September 16, 1924, he was married to  Fanny Bone  who survives with one sister and two brothers,  Mrs. Charles Major, of Williamsburg, Va.,  Fred E. Stewart  of Toledo, O. and  WilliamE. Stewart  of Melbourne, Fla.
[Buried in City Cemetery with his wife.]
Contributed by Charlene Hoff


The  Shelbyville  News
October 4, 1952
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MRS.  STEWARD
DIES  AT  HOME
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Fall Causes Instant Death
Of Lifelong County Resident
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          Mrs. Edith Steward,  82-year-old lifelong resident of Shelby county, died at 9:30 a.m. this morning at her home at 135 Walker St., after falling down the basement steps.  Death occurred almost instantly, according to  Dr. R. C. Miller  who was called.
          MRS.  STEWARD  was born on October 24, 1869, the daughter of  David and  Harriett Martha (Lisher) Henricks.  On December 27, 1892, she was married to  James M. Steward  whose death occurred on May 12, 1932.  She was a member of the Fairland Methodist Church, the Martha Tull class of the church, the Fairland Study Club and the Fairland Order of Eastern Star.
          Surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. Ola Williams  and  Mrs. Ivy M. Williams,  both of this city and  Mrs. Fern Maze  of Greenwood.  Also surviving are eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one sister  Mrs. Lina H Stallard  of El Paso, Texas.
          Funeral rites will be held at the Fairland Methodist Church Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the Fairland cemetery in charge of the Sleeth Funeral Home.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2:00 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, May 26, 1952
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FORMER  COUNTY  WOMAN
SUCCUMBS  IN  ILLINOIS
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          Mrs. Louise Ellen Stewart,  a former resident of Shelby county, died at a hospital in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday.  She is survived by a son,  Harold Stewart,  of Chicago.
          The body will be returned to the Hauk Funeral Home in Morristown and further details and arrangements for the last rites will be announced later.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
December 14, 1949
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Local Man's Brother
Dies at Cleveland
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          Word has been received here of the death of  N. P. Stewart,  brother of  Dr. J. J. Stewart  of Shelbyville, who died Monday at Cleveland, O.  He had undergone major surgery three weeks ago.
          Funeral services will be held Friday at Youngstown, O., and Mr. and Mrs. Stewart left Tuesday to attend the rites.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday September 18, 1937
Page 1 column 7
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FUNERAL  SERVICES  SUNDAY
FOR  JOSEPH  STEWART
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          Joseph Stewart, about 79, father of  Oscar Stewart, of Fairland and  Mrs. Carl Tindall  of Indianapolis and  Donald Stewart  of Tipton, both formerly of this city, died at the City hospital in Indianapolis Friday morning following an illness due to uremic poisoning.
          Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Brandywine M.E. church north of this city.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Shelbyville  Republican
24 Aug 1936
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GIRL DIES AT
HOME IN ACTON
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Helen Virginia Stewart,
11, Dies After Long
Illness
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          Helen Virginia Stewart,  11 years old, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stewart  of Acton, died at the home of her parents Saturday following a long illness.  Funeral services will be held at the Boggstown Adventist church at 4 o'clock this afternoon.  The Rev. Thomas Hubbard, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Boggstown cemetery.
          The Stewart girl was born in Shelbyville.  Her father operates a garage at Acton.Survivors, besides the parents, are a sister,  Martha Stewart,  and the grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Moore,  27 West South street, Shelbyville, Ind., and  Mrs. Nannie Stewart,  640 West South street, Shelbyville.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming and  Betty Kitchen


Unidentified  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, May 12, 1932
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DEATH  SUMMONS
FAIRLAND  CITIZEN
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End Comes Early This Morning
For James M. Steward,
Prominent in County
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FUNERAL  SATURDAY,  2:30
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          Following a long illness with a complication of ailments, death came this morning at 4 o'clock to  James M. Steward,  resident of Fairland, and widely and favorably known all over the county.
          Born Dec. 25, 1871 in Brandywine township, Mr. Steward had spent his entire life in this county and had been a resident of Fairland for the past thirty years.  He was a son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Frederick Steward.  At the time of his death he was aged 60 years, four months and seventeen days.
Mr. Steward had been a rural mail carrier out of the Fairland post office for twenty-six years.  He retired some three years ago due to ill health.  He was a member of the Fairland Methodist church and was prominent in the work of the church.
          He was also active in Fairland and Shelbyville fraternal circles, being a member of the Sugar Creek Lodge No. 279, F. & A. M. of Fairland, of the Kiowa Tribe of Red Men of this city, and of the Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 3372, also of this city. Mr. Steward served the Masonic lodge of Fairland as secretary for a number of years.
          United in marriage to  Miss Edith Hendricks  on December 28, 1892, Mr. Steward became the father of four children, all of whom, with the widow, survive.  Three daughters are  Mrs. J. Carl Williams  and  Mrs. Carl E. Williams both of Fairland, and  Mrs. Luther Maze  of Greenwood.  Sumner Steward,  of Indianapolis, is a son.  In addition, there is one sister,  Mrs. C. M. Parker, of Indianapolis, and eight grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Fairland Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of the Rev. O.J. Pickett, a former pastor of the church, and Rev. W. A. Ryland, present pastor. Burial will take place in the family lot in the Fairland cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix and Son, local funeral director.
Contributed by Judy Williams


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 1, 1930
Page 8
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MRS. NANCY  STEWART
DIED  AT  HOME  HERE
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Lifelong  Resident  of  Community
Was  Vistim  of  Heart  Trouble
Tuesday.
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          Mrs. Nancy M. Stewart,  lifelong resident of this community and one of the most widely known women in the county, died at 5:10 o'clock Tuesday evening at her home, 102 south West street.  She had been in failing health during the past several months and for seven weeks she had been confined to her bed.  Heart trouble with attendant complications caused her death.
          Funeral services are to be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon from the late home with Dr. L. T. Freeland, pastor of the First M. E. church, and Dr. L. O. Richmond, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery with Morris H. Sleeth, funeral director, in charge.  Friends may call at the late home at any time until the hour of the funeral services.
          Mrs. Stewart was a daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Wright  and was born in Addison township, Sept. 22, 1859, being at the time of death seventy years, seven months and seven days old.  She was united in a first marriage with  Louis Cass Hankins, who preceded her in death in 1893.  Having resided in and near Shelbyville her entire lifetime, Mrs. Stewart had an acquaintanceship which extended throughout Shelby and adjoining counties and the announcement of her death is received with keenest regret by her hundreds of friends.
          For many years she had been a member of the First M. E. church in this city and she had been active in affairs of the church and its organizations.
          She is survived by six children, four by her first marriage and two by a second.  The children are:  Mrs. Julis A. Stewart, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. George Arkenau,  of Tipton, Ind.;  William Hankins,  of Chicago;  Mathias Wright Hankins,  of this city;  Mrs. Carl Tindall,  of Shelbyville, and  Donald Stewart,  of Indianapolis.  She also leaves ten grandchildren.
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Nancy M. Hankins  married  Joseph S. Stewart
22 Jan 1895
Shelby County, Indiana
Book 15   Page 20
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Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


Unidentified  Shelbyville  Newspaper
December 22, 1927
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CIVIL  WAR  VETERAN
DIED  AT  FAIRLAND
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William Fred Steward, Retired
Farmer, Passed Away Early
This Morning
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          William Fred Steward, prominently known retired farmer and a veteran of the Civil War, died at 3:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Fairland following an extended illness due to senility. Mr. Steward had been in declining health for several months and during the past few days his condition had been extremely critical.
          Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning from the Fairland M.E. Church with the Rev. M.E. Able and the Rev. William Ryland officiating. Burial will be in the Brandywine Cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, funeral director.
          Mr. Steward had spent practically his entire lifetime in Shelby County and had been engaged in farming until he was forced to retire due to the condition of his health. He was born November 6, 1844, being at the time of death 83 years, one month, and sixteen days old.
          On Oct. 7, 1861, he enlisted in Company G of the Twenty-ninth Regiment and served continuously until Dec. 2, 1865. Before his first period expired on Dec. 2, 1863, he re-enlisted, serving the entire period of the war.
He was a member of the Fairland M.E. Church and had always been active in affairs of the church and of his home community.
          He leaves a son, James Steward, a daughter  Mrs. Carl Parker, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, all of the Fairland community.  Friends are asked to please omit flowers.
Contributed by Judy Williams


The  Shelbyville  Republican
December 22, 1927
Page 1
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VETERAN  DIES  AT
FAIRLAND  HOME
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Wm. Fred Steward, 83, Retired
Farmer, Died this Morn- ing at Three-thirty.
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FUNERAL  TO  BE  SATURDAY
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          William Fred Steward, age 83, retired farmer and civil war veteran of Fairland, died at his home there this morning at three-thirty o'clock, following a short illness of a complication of diseases.  Mr. Steward was born in this county and spent his entire life here except the years of his service with the Union forces during the civil war.
          The deceased enlisted in Company G of the 29th Indiana Infantry, October 7, 1861, and served until his discharge in October 1863.  On November 27, 1863, he re-enlisted in the Union army and served as a sergeant in the army until he received his honorable discharge in December 2, 1865.  Immediately following his discharge he returned to Shelby county and started farming, following this occupation until he retired a few years ago.
          He was a son of  James and Elizabeth Steward  and was born near Fairland, November 6, 1844.  He is survived by one son,  James  and one daughter,  Mrs. Carl M. Parker,  both of Fairland.  Twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.
          He was a member of the Fairland M. E. church in which the funeral services will be held at ten-thirty Saturday morning.  Rev. M. E. Abel and Rev. William Ryland will officiate.  Interment will be in the Brandywine cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, funeral director.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday Afternoon, October 4, 1927
Page 1
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ROBERT  STEWART  DIED  IN  TEXAS
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Shelbyville Man Passed Away
There Monday Night at
Eleven O'clock
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DEATH  CAME  SUDDENLY
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Had Left Here Last Saturday
With Wife and Sister on an
Excursion Trip.
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          Robert T. Stewart,  age about sixty-four years, local funeral director, widely known through Shelby and Rush counties, died suddenly Monday night at Eleven o'clock at McAllen, Texas.  A telegram announcing his death was received here this morning by friends.  It was stated that the body will be sent to the home here, where funeral services will be conducted.  Later messages will announce the time of the arrival of the body here.
          Mr. Stewart's death is believed to have been caused by a stroke of apolexy[sic], although the messages received here did not state definitely the cause of his death.  He had suffered from high blood pressure, and had had several light attacks here during recent years.
          Mr. Stewart left Shelbyville last Saturday morning at eleven o'clock for Texas, on an excursion.  He was accompanied by his wife and a sister  Mrs. Nettie Gosnell, of this city.  Several other Shelbyville people were members of the party.  Mr. Stewart was the owner of some real estate in the section of Texas to be visited by the excursion pary.  When he left his home here he appeared to be in his usual health.  The message announcing his sudden death in Texas came as a great shock to his relatives and many friends in Shelbyville and in the two counties, where he was well acquainted.
          He had been engaged in the business of a funeral director for many years.  He entered the business about 1898, and had continued until his death.  Mr. Stewart was first associated with the firm of  Cummins and Edwards, and later, was connected with  Edwards and Hageman  for several years.  After that he associated with  Oscar Hand, forming the firm of  Hand and Stewart, and organizing a burial society.  Still after he was in business several years with  Claude F. Fix.  After dissolving that partnership Mr. Stewart entered business for himself, and had his office with  Ralph J. Edwards, in West Broadway.  Until he was twenty-three years old, Mr. Stewart worked on the farm.  He later studied embalming at the Cincinnati Embalming College, and also in school at Chicago and Indianapolis.
          Mr. Stewart was born in Orange township, Rush county, October 22, 1863.  He was the son of  Joseph and  Sarah Stewart.  He spent his life on the farm until entering the embalming school, and after completing his courses, came to Shelbyville where he had since made his home.  He owned the Rush county farm where he had been born.
          He had twice been married.  His first wife was  Louise Mahan, who died in 1891.  In 1903 he was married to  Emma Meek.  One child was born to them, and died in infancy.
          Mr. Stewart was a member of the local Tribe of Red Men, Maccabees, Elks, Ben Hur and Eagles.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian church here.
          Besides the widow, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nettie Gosnell, of this city, who was in Texas with him, and  Mrs. Nannie Young, of Indianapolis; and a brother, Guy Stewart, of Lafayette.  Several neices and nephews also survive.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Wednesday, March 18, 1925
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"PASSED  AWAY  TUESDAY
AT  AN  ADVANCED  AGE
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"Death of Dr. John B. Stewart
Occurred In Hospital At Highland, Ill.
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          "Dr. John B. Stewart, prominent physician in Shelby county for almost half a century, died at 1:45 o'clock Tuesday evening in a hospital at Highland, Ill., where he had been a patient for a short time with a complication of diseases brought on by his advanced age.  His death is a cause of universal mourning in this community where he was known by both young and old as a man of exemplary character.
          "The death of  Dr. Stewart removes the last of the earlier group of resident physicians in Shelby county.  He practiced medicine in Shelby county and Shelbyville for forty eight years before consenting to retire.  Some time ago he went to Highland, Ill., where he could be under the constant care of his grandson, Dr. Earl Meloy, and also have the attention of hospital service there.
          "Dr. Stewart was born near Rising Sun, Ind., in Switzerland county in 1843 and at his death, he was 83 years and 9 days old.  His parents were Andrew and Rebecca Stewart and he was one of a large family of children.  Following his high school course he entered the Cincinnati Medical College from which he was graduated and then he began the practice of medicine at Milan, Ind.  Several years later he moved to Shelby county and settled at Marietta, where he lived for many years before moving to this city.
          "Surviving Dr. Stewart are two daughters, Mrs. William C. Meloy, of this city, and  Mrs. H.E. Harding, of Indianapolis; one brother, Andrew Stewart, of Charleston, Ill.; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a niece, Mrs. William Porter, of Flat Rock.
          "The success of Dr. Stewart in his profession was not entirely due to his ability and experience for he combined these with a striking personality that was a soothing factor to his every acquaintance.  His advice was a cure-all for any ailment and his practice was not confined entirely to the physical needs.  He was ready to help in every distress, his words were comforting and his ever-beaming smile helped to spread happiness wherever he went.  His office at Marietta was a haven for the young people who loved him as a father and were delighted at the opportunity to a visit with him.  The entire community will mourn his passing as that of a great leader.
          "Arrangements have been made for the body to be sent here for funeral and burial.  The funeral will be at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon in the C.F. Fix & Son chapel on east Broadway and burial will be in the Forest Hill cemetery.  The Rev. Mr. Duncan, of Indianapolis is the minister in charge."
Submitted by Rochelle Riordan


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday August 11, 1920
Page 1 column 3
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MRS.  S.  S.  STEWART
DIED  WEDNESDAY
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Aged Woman Made Her Home
With Her Daughter, Mrs. Frank Dugan
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FUNERAL  SERVICES  FRIDAY
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          Mrs. Martha L. Stewart, aged seventy-three years, wife of  Samuel P. Stewart, died Wednesday morning at two-thirty o’clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Frank Dugan, in Shelby township.  Her death was caused by a complication of diseases.  Last January Mrs. Stewart fell, fracturing her hip, and since then her health had steadily declined.
          Mrs. Stewart and her husband moved from their home in Rushville about ten months ago to the home of their daughter.  Mrs. Stewart was a daughter of  Mr. and  Mrs. J[ohn] J. [& Sarah] McCracken, and was born [April 1, 1847] near Clarksburg, in Decatur county.  She was married to Mr. Stewart on March 15, 1864.  She was a member of the United Presbyterian church at Rushville.
          She leaves her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Mary Green, of Rushville, and  Mrs. [Minnie] Dugan, at whose home she died; on brother,  H. F. McCracken, of Decatur county; three half-brothers, Newton McCracken, of this city;  John McCracken, of Colorado, and  Gilbert McCracken, of Athens, Georgia; and one half-sister,  Mrs. Ed Foley, of Greensburg.  Seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.
          Short funeral services will be conducted at the Dugan home Friday morning.  The body will later be taken to the Spring Hill Presbyterian church in Decatur county, where services will be conducted at ten o’clock, the Rev. J. J. McMichael, of Decatur county, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Spring Hill cemetery, Stewart & Fix in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday February 7, 1917
Page 4 column 4
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AGED  RESIDENT  OF  FAIRLAND  IS  DEAD
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Mrs. Lydia Steward, Widow of Solomon Steward,
 Died After Two Weeks’ Illness
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Funeral To Be Held Friday
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          Mrs. Lydia Steward, aged 82 years, widow of  Solomon Steward, died at her home, one mile east of Fairland, at 1:40 o’clock this morning of bronchial pneumonia, of which she had been ill for the past two weeks.  Mr. Steward died at the same home near Fairland, six weeks ago.
          Mrs. Steward was the daughter of  William and Betsy Reed  and was born in Sioux county, New Jersey, July 8, 1834.  She was married to Mr. Steward July 1, 1852.  Thirteen children were born to them, ten of whom survive.  They are  Mrs. Nancy E. Huffman, of Newcastle;  Mrs. James Hahn, of Wabash;  Mrs. Gideon Oldham,  Mrs. John Mallory,  Mrs. John J. Huffman,  Mrs. Thomas Tillison,  Mrs. Harvey Arnold,  Mrs. Ralph Alexander,  all of Fairland;  Mrs. Dora Armstrong, of Marietta, and  Riley Steward, of Indianapolis.  Besides these she leaves 48 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
          Mrs. Steward was a member of the Brandywine M. E. church for the past 60 years and the funeral services will be held there at 10 o’clock Friday morning, the Rev. M. E. Abele, of Fairland, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Brandywine cemetery in charge of Mrs. Marshall G. Tindall.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 28, 1916
Page 8
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SOLOMON  STEWART  IS
DEAD  NEAR  FAIRLAND
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LIFE  LONG  RESIDENT  OF
BRANDYWINE  TOWNSHIP
DIED  EARLY  THIS  AFTERNOON
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(From Tuesday’s Daily)
          Solomon Stewart, aged 84 years, one of the widely known farmers of Brandywine township, died at his home there at 12:30 o’clock this afternoon.  Death came after an illness extending over the past four months and he had been confined to his bed for the greater part of that time, suffering from heart trouble and a complication of diseases.
          Mr. Stewart was born May 9, 1832, on the farm where he died.  He was the tenth of thirteen children born to  John and Christena Stewart.  He was married July 1, 1852, to  Miss Lydia H. Reed.  They lived on the farm in Brandywine township for two years following the marriage, then moved to Clark county, Illinois, but returned here three years later and had since been residents of this county.
          Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were the parents of thirteen children, nine of whom with the widow survive.  The children are  Riley Stewart, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. J. H. Huffman,  Mrs. Harve Arnold,  Mrs. Tom Tillison,  Mrs. John Mallory,  Mrs. Gideon Oldham,  all of Fairland and vicinity;  Mrs. Grant Armstrong, of Marietta;  Mrs. Jay Hahn, of Wabash, and  Mrs. Rafe Alexander, who made her home with her parents.
          Mr. Stewart was a life-long member of the Brandywine M.E. church.  In politics he was a staunch democrat and was always ready to enter the trenches in every campaign.  Mr. Stewart was also a veteran of the civil war, serving faithfully and receiving an honorable discharge at its close.
          The funeral arrangements will be announced later by M. G. Tindall, undertaker in charge.
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Ibid.
Thursday, December 28, 1916
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FUNERAL  ARRANGEMENTS
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          Funeral services for the late  Solomon Stewart, who died at his home in Brandywine township yesterday afternoon, will be held at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Brandywine M.E. Church, Rev. Guthrie, of Connersville, and Rev. M. E. Abel, of Fairland, officiating.  Burial will be made in the Brandywine cemetery, M. G. Tindall, undertaker in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday July 28, 1913
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AGED  FAIRLAND  WOMAN
CALLED  TO  HER  REWARD
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Mrs. Margaret  Steward  Died
At  Her  Home  This  Morning
After  Long  Illness
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          Mrs. Margaret Steward, aged sixty-one years, one of the county's highly respected aged women, wife of  J. W. Steward*, died at their home in Fairland at two-forty-five o'clock this morning from a complication of diseases.  She had been ill for many months and the end did not come unexpectedly to her legions of friends and relatives.
          Mrs. Steward was a member of the Fairland M. E. church and was one its most ardent workers.  She was a true wife, a loving mother, a kind sister and a true friend, and her death will bring sadness to all her acquaintances, as she was loved by all of them.  Several weeks ago her relatives and friends, as well as she, felt that her fight to live had been a losing one and the call of the death angel could not be stayed long.  Nearly all her life had been spent in this county.
          Besides the aged husband, deceased is survived by three sons,  Earl  and  James, at home, and  Will, of this city; one daughter,  Hazel, at home; one sister,  Mrs. Melvin Williams, of Greenfield, and one brother,  Dan Williams.  The family will have the sympathy of the entire community in their great hour of sorrow.
          The funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at ten o'clock at the M. E. church in Fairland, the Rev. A. R. Jones officiating and the interment will be made in the Brandywine cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
* Note:  this should read "William F" not J. W.
Contributed by Judy Williams


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday December 3, 1901
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          Mrs. Clara Stewart, who will be remembered as  Miss Clara Jones, daughter of  Rev. Preston Jones,  a former resident of this city, died at her home in Vandegrift, Pennsylvania, a few days ago.
For more information on this family, please contact  Barb Huff


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, September 8, 1899
Volume XL, Number 9
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          Dr. J[ames]. K. Stewart  died suddenly last Friday at his home in Shelbyville from a stroke of paralysis.  A brother,  W. P. Stewart,  died suddenly about two years ago in Fairland from a similar cause.  Deceased was for many years a successful practicing physician at Fairland and was born in Johnson County.  He studied medicine under  Dr. P. W. Payne.  He was a brother of ex-sheriff,  “Dump” Stewart.
Notes:  The Indiana WPA Death Index, 1882-1920, referencing Book H-21, page 50, records that James K. Stewart, a 48 year old white male, died 1 Sep 1899 in Shelbyville.  Date of birth, c 1851 – Johnson County, Indiana.  Date of death, 1 Sep 1899 – Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, May 13, 1898
Volume XXXVIII, Number 44
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          Wm. P. Stuart  died suddenly Thursday night of last week at his home in Fairland, of paralysis of the heart.  He had been in his usual health all day, walking around town, and the news of his death came as a great surprise to the community.  He was a brother of Ex-sheriff  G. C. Stuart  of this county, and of  Dr. J. K. Stuart  of Fairland.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. C. R. Hudson of this city.
Notes:  Date of death, 5 May 1898 – Fairland, Indiana
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry


The  Shelby  Democrat
May 7, 1896
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          Miss Mary A. Stewart  died at the home of her mother,  Mrs. Lucia Stewart,  No. 92 West South st at ten p.m. Friday, May 1, age fifty-three years.  Miss Stewart was born in Sandy Lake, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and came to Shelbyville with her parents in 1859.  She leaves a mother, two brothers,  J. R.  and  R. A. Stewart, well known residents of this city, three sisters,  Mrs. Sarah J. Dilloe, of Xenia, Ohio,  Mrs. George G. Adams,  of Columbus, Ind., and  Miss Nancy A. Stewart, of this city.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian church, of this city, where funeral services were held at two p.m. Monday, May 4, Rev. J. C. Caldwell officiating.  Interment in the City cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, August 30, 1890
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ADDITIONAL  LOCAL.
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          Mable Stewart,  the one year old daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stewart,  died at their residence No. 36 East Washington street at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  She will be buried Sunday afternoon at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Services at the house at 3:30 o'clock by the Rev.C. Tinsley, D. B. Wilson, funeral director.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday July 31, 1889
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          Mrs. Elina Stewart  died Sunday evening, July 28th, at 4 o’clock, age fifty-eight years.  The funeral services were held at Pinhook church Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Interment at the Williams graveyard, Rev. Sedgwick officiating.  Hoop & Scanlin, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Daily  Republican
Thursday October 1, 1885
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          George Stewart, son of  John M. Stewart, aged nineteen years, died at his father’s residence on East Jackson street in this city on Wednesday evening, September 30, at half past six o’clock, of congestion of the lungs.  The funeral will take place at the residence, on Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. J. K. Pye officiating.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Deborah


The  Indianapolis  Sentinel
August 18, 1881
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Death  of  Mrs. Dr. Stewart
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          Mrs. Josephine Pauline Stewart, wife of Dr. J. K. Stewart, died at her home in Fairland, Shelby County, Indiana, on Wednesday, August 3, 1881, of pulmonary and laryngeal phthisis.
          She was the second daughter of Captain T. W. and Zurilda Thomas, deceased, of Hancock County, India [sic]. Her younger sister and only brother still survive.
          On account of defective vision she was educated at the Indiana Institute for the Education of the Blind, at Indianapolis, where she graduated in 1870. She was retained in the same institution for three years as teacher, where she won many warm friends.
          It was here, associated as teacher, that she met Dr. J. K. Stewart, to whom she was married March 26, 1874. Her happy, cheerful disposition ever brought sunshine to the home of her husband.
          She joined the M. E. Church at the age of fourteen, and has ever since lived the life of a devoted Christian, her prospects growing brighter to the end.
          Surrounded by everything to make life desirable, it was but natural that she should wish to life, which was often expressed during the earlier part of her sickness : but when she became convinced that she must go, she cheerfully resigned herself into, the hands of "Him who doeth all things well."
          When asked by friends, "Are you better?" she replied: "Not better, but comfortable; I don't desire to be better, lest I might want to get well; I don't want to get well; I want to die and be at rest with Pa and Ma and Jesus."
          There were many touching incidents during  the last few days of her sickness. On the evening before her death, as she lay with her eyes closed as in quiet slumber, and her husband watching by her bedside, she quietly removed her ring from her finger and dropped it into his hand. Thus, seeming to say, "Earth's last and strongest tie is severed." A few minutes before her death she expressed a wish to bid her friends good-by. As her immediate relatives came to her bedside she smilingly took each by the hand and said good-by. And as other friends came near, with a smile she gently waved her hand in adieu to all, and quietly fell asleep.
          The funeral services were conducted at the residence on Thursday at 4 p.m. by Rev. G. C. Clouds, assisted by Rev. J. T. Rhoades, of Greenfield. After a very touching prayer by Rev. Rhoades, Brother Clouds delivered a short discourse from I. Timothy iv., 7: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
          At her request the hymn beginning, "Jesus, while our hearts are bleeding," was sung by the audience.
          Also, in accordance with her request, while the friends were taking a final view of the deceased, "In the Sweet By and By" was sung by Miss Bettie Green, Professor Robert Newland at the instrument. Both of the above were warm friends and schoolmates of the deceased.
          She was interred in the cemetery at Fairland in a beautiful casket of solid walnut, cloth and velvet combination. The beautiful floral offerings were presented by her friends and schoolmates from Indianapolis.
          And now, while the husband has lost a loving wife, little Arthur an affectionate mother, and the friends a genial associate, we ought to receive comfort and encouragement in her death, which was one of the most peaceful and triumphant we have ever known.
"Let me die the death of the righteous."
A FRIEND.
Contributed anonymously

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