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                                      JOHN F. STEWART
                                         Biography
                                    Cook County, Illinois

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JOHN F. STEWART

Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 60-61

JOHN FLETCHER STEWART is the oldest resident of North
Evanston, and has been prominently identified with its
growth and development for nearly a quarter of a century.
He was born in Monroe, Green County, Wisconsin, March 19,
1849, and is a son of John W. Stewart, a prominent pioneer
and one of the earliest Knights Templar of the West.
John F. Stewart was educated in the public schools of
Monroe, completing the course at the age of eighteen years,
having taught several terms of school in the mean time.
Soon after graduating, he entered the First National Bank of
Brodhead, Wisconsin, of which his father was one of the
Directors.  He continued there in the capacity of Teller
about three years.  In 1871 he came to Chicago, and made his
home at North Evanston, which then contained but a few
houses.  In partnership with his father, he bought forty
acres of land, which they subdivided.  They were among the
property-owners who built the railroad station at that
point.  Mr. Stewart has given most of his time and attention
to real estate operations, though he was in the mercantile
business at North Evanston twelve years.  For five years he
filled a position in the County Treasurerís office, and has
recently served three years as a member of the Village
Council of Evanston.

He has taken special pains in promoting the cause of public
education, and served as Chairman of the Building Committee
which had charge of the construction of the North Evanston
public school, an edifice of which all the citizens are
proud.  He has been a member of the Board of Education
almost constantly since locating in Evanston, and a part of
the time officiated as President of that body.

In 1871 Mr. Stewart was married to Miss May M. Allen,
daughter of Thomas J. Allen, of Brecksville, Ohio, a direct
descendant of General Ethan Allen, of Revolutionary fame,
and a native of Vermont.  Mr. and Mrs. Stewart are the
parents of five children.  The eldest, Charles Allen, is a
student of the Northwestern University at Evanston.  Eva M.
is a student in the Evanston High School.  The others are
John F., junior, Walter M. and Marion.

A life-long Republican, Mr. Stewart concerns himself little
with the distribution of offices.  The family is affiliated
with the North Evanston Methodist Church, for which he has
helped to build two houses of worship.  He is active in the
promotion and councils of the Masonic order, being a member
of Evans Lodge and Evanston Chapter, and he is also
identified with the Royal Arcanum.  He is a member of the
Evanston Business Menís Club, President of the Sixth Ward
Republican Club, a member of the Commercial Travelersí
Republican Club, and of the North End Improvement Society, a
social and charitable organization of North Evanston
families, of which latter organization he is President.
Mr. Stewart has labored persistently to make this rural
suburb what it is to-day, an aggregation of beautiful and
cultured homes, and no worthy public movement has been
allowed to languish for want of his hearty support and
encouragement.
		




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