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STEWART, William R.

Source: Delphi Journal, Thursday, April, 12, 1900, page 10- Thanks so much to Lena for this one :)

- William R. Stewart died at his home on Front street in this city at ten o'clock Sunday evening. Mr. Stewart has been a long and patient sufferer and during the last few months has been confined most of the time to his room. The last week he suffered a stroke of paralysis and this, combined with dropsical trouble consequent on Bright's disease, proved fatal. Few men in Carroll county were better known than W. R. Stewart. He was born in Fountain county, Indiana, August 25, 1840, and lacked but a few months of being sixty years of age at the time of his death. When two years of age his parents moved to Tippecanoe county, where his father died in 1843. He came to this county in 1850, the family locating in Jackson township. At the beginning of the civil war Mr. Stewart was twenty-one years of age and his sympathies were strongly with the Union cause. He enlisted on July 15, 1862, as a private in Company A of the 72nd Indiana Mounted Infantry, which became a part of the famous Wilder brigade. He was made a corporal and promoted to orderly sergeant and remained in the service until the close of the war, receiving his final discharge July 24, 1865. Few regiments saw harder fighting and there were few better soldiers in the service than W. R. Stewart. At the close of the war he returned to Jackson township and resumed his work on the farm. He was elected and served two terms as trustee of the township and in 1872 was elected real estate appraiser for Carroll county. In 1870 and again in 1880 he was a candidate for representative and both times defeated with the rest of the ticket. He was elected county treasurer in 1886 and re-elected in 1888. Mr. Stewart was a member of the Masonic order and also of the G. A. R. Both these orders participated in the funeral ceremonies, which took place on Tuesday. The services were conducted by Rev. Omelvena and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Camden.

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