Rock County Banner
Clinton, Wisconsin, Thursday, March 27, 1902
The pioneers who came here forty and fifty years ago, and who converted the wild prairies into beautiful cultivated farms are steadily passing away, so that here or there is one left to tell interesting stories of those bye gone days. One of the best known and respected of these early settlers was William Stewart, who was born in Summerfille, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., on June 1st, 1836, and who came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1843 when a sturdy, growing boy only seven years of age. Coming so early in life and at so early a date in the history of this part of Rock County he had the distinction up to the day of his death on Tuesday, March 25th, of having resided on these prairies longer than any other man. On September 29th, 1859, he married Susan T. Latta, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. Latta of Bradford. To Mr. and Mrs. Stewart were born eleven children, three of whom, two boys and a girl, preceeded their father to the land beyond. The children who remain with their mother to mourn the loss of a loving considerate father and husband, are Mrs. T. C. Niskern, of Allens Grove, Charles K., of Chicago, Hayden T., of Madison, Edward, Mark, and Ray, of Clinton, Mrs. A. A. Watts and Zoa T., also of Clinton. In 1858 Mr. Stewart united with the Congregalional Church at Allens Grove, and retained his connection with it until its dissolution.
Two years ago last month the deceased was stricken with paralysis, and although he railied and was able to some extent to conduct his business, yet the relief was but temporary and he suffered one or two slight attacks which culminated in the heavy stroke that was the immediate cause of his death. In the passing away of Mr. Stewart the communtiy loses a tried friend and good neighbor, who was always ready to help in any time of need.
The funeral was held at the house at Summerville at one o'clock today, and was very largely attended. The service was conducted by Rev. Wm. Moore, pastor of the Congregational Church.