Pages 339-340, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




CHARLES A. STEWART is a representative of one of Allen county's honored pioneer families, and is one of her native sons, his birth having occurred on the 5th of June, 1870. He was reared on the farm which is now his home, the residence being situated within two hundred feet of his present dwelling. His parents were Samuel J. and Emma A. Stewart, and he is the eldest son of their seven children. During his youth he attended the district schools of the neighborhood, and in the summer months assisted in the plowing, planting and cultivation of the fields, early becoming familiar with all the duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, which event in his life occurred on the 3rd of April, 1892, Miss Freelie E. Duncan becoming his wife. She was born in Indiana, and is the second child of John W. and Elizabeth Duncan, with whom she came to Kansas during her early girlhood. Her parents were also natives of the Hoosier state, and her


mother bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Owen. In 1878 they came to Allen county, settling four miles south of Humboldt, where Mrs. Duncan still resides. Her husband died February 8, 1898, at the age of fifty years. During the Civil war he loyally served the Union as a member of an Indiana regiment. By their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Duncan became the parents of seven children, namely: O. P., who is living in Iola; Mrs. Stewart; Emmert, a resident of Oklahoma; Othella, wife of W. H. Booe, a resident of Fountain county, Indiana; Bertha, Bulin and Olin, who are with their mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart began their domestic life upon a farm of seventy-seven acres, which he purchased, erecting thereon a cozy little residence, to which he has since added a stone addition. He has increased the beauty of the place by planting trees, has set out a nice vineyard, erected a good barn and other outbuildings and now has one of the desirable farms in the southern portion of the county. The fields are under a high state of cultivation and their rich products find a ready sale on the market.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart has been blessed with four children, namely: Alma, Gladys, Harlan and Glenn. Mr. Stewart is a Republican, and though he never seeks office for himself he has just regard for the duties of citizenship, keeps well informed on the issues of the day, and attends the conventions of his party, doing all he can to support his friends and to secure the adoption of Republican principles. He started upon his business career as many others have done, without capital, and his earnest labor, guided by sound judgment in business affairs, has brought to him all that he now possesses, making him one of the substantial residents of the community.

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