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(September 26, 1887 - June 8, 1939)
The Lusk Herald
June 15, 1939
DEATH OF ED M. STEWART COMES AS GREAT SHOCK TO ENTIRE COMMUNITY
Residents of Lusk and Niobrara county in general were shocked and saddened last Friday morning when word was received that Edward M. Stewart had passed away at his home the night before. Mr. Stewart had been a resident of this county since 1908, except for the time he served with the United States army during the World War. After receiving his honorable discharge he returned to this community and took up a homestead about 25 miles north of Lusk where he spent the balance of his life engaged in ranching and livestock raising.
During the past few years Mrs. Stewart had not been in the best of health, however, he was not one to complain, and he continued to devote his time and interests to ranching. he took a prominent part in the civic life of the county and was well known to citizens in every walk of life as an outstanding gentleman whose friends were legion and whose confidence and respect was honored by all who knew him.
A frequent visitor in Lusk, Mr. Stewart had been in town only Wednesday afternoon before his untimely demise. He had attended a stock sale and had driven home a bit early, telling his wife that he was not feeling well. Since he had been troubled with similar attacks before, no apprehension was felt. He retired to his room early and early Thursday morning when he was called for breakfast it was found that death had come as he slept peacefully during the night. His death being attributed to acute indigestion and a heart attack.
Edward Manning Stewart was born September 26, 1887 near Belmont, Dawes County, Nebraska. He spent his early youth in that community and in 1900 moved with his parents to the North Platte Valley near Mitchell where he resided until 1908 when he came to this community and where he had since made his home. He passed away Thursday, June 8th, 1939, at the age of 53 years, 8 months and 13 days.
On June 3, 1926, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Olive I. Hargrove who had been his faithful and loving companion whose every care was devoted to her husband. Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart of Walla Walla, Wash.; two step-daughters, Miss Erma Hargrove and Mrs. Lyan Hargraves of Lusk; seven brothers and two sisters: John F., of Chadron, Nebr.; Frank R., of Mitchell, Nebr.; Henry C., Lester B., of Freewater, Oregon; Robert D., Allison E., Mrs. Myrtilla Alcorn and Mrs. Eleanor Croft, all of Walla Walla, Washington; Charles C. of (Br..), Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and a sister.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 10, from the Peet Funeral Chapel at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. Frank Meyers of Douglas, rector of the Lusk Episcopal church officiating. J.M. Hungate sang a beautiful solo, "In the Garden" accompanied at the piano by Mrs. J.P. Watson. Members of the Derk J. Weiten Post No. 4 American Legion of which Mr. Stewart was a member paid tribute to their comrade attending as an honorary body at the chapel and marching to the cemetery where a salute was given by the firing squad of ex-service men. Taps was sounded by Frank Fero with the echo by Otto Klemke. A prayer at the cemetery was given by the State Chaplain of the Legion, Rev. Meyers.
Pall bearers were Henry McGinnis, W. J. Mill, Dudley Fields, Floyd Deuel, Thomas O Miller and P.J. Owens. A tribute to his esteem in the community was evidenced by the large attendance at the services Saturday afternoon and the many beautiful floral offerings at the chapel and grave.
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