John Stewart, a progressive, enterprising and successful dairyman of Napa county, was born in Belfast, Ireland,
on the 1st of May, 1868, and is a son of John and Mary (McFadden) Stewart. He was reared to manhood in his native
land and attended school up to the age of eleven years, beyond which limited training he is entirely self-educated.
All his life he has been a close and thoughtful reader, and he is a deep thinker and holds positive convictions
on the great questions of the day.
In March, 1889, Mr. Stewart came to the United States, locating in Margin county, California, where he worked on
a dairy farm for about a year. He then went to San Francisco and was engaged in the milk business for two years
at the end of which time he returned to Marin county and took charge of a large dairy there. He was the first man
successfully to ship milk daily from Marin county to San Francisco. In 1896 Mr. Stewart embarked in the dairy and
chicken business on his own account in Marin county, and he continued thus occupied until 1902, when he came to
Napa county and bought a tract of land on the Sonoma road, south of Napa, known as the old McClure ranch. A large
part of this tract was what is known as "tullie" land, but by hard and persistent work reclaimed this
land and made it a valuable part of his farm. He had paid thirty-seven dollars an acre for it, but he has since
been offered as high as one thousand dollars an acre. Mr. Stewart has resided here continuously since 1902 and
has made many improvements of a permanent and substantial nature on the place, creating a very attractive and comfortable
On March 18, 1896, Mr. Stewart was married to Miss Elizabeth Steele, who also was born in Belfast, Ireland, and
who came to Valley Ford, Sonoma county, California, in 1891. To this union have been born three children: Charles,
who is married and has a child, Ilene; John H. Wilber, and Essie Jane Elizabeth, all of whom live on the home place.
In 1924 Mr. Stewart made a very pleasant trip to his native land, his first visit there in thirty-five years. Politically
he gives his support to the republican party, while in religious faith he is a Protestant and a member of the Orangemen.
He possesses strong moral and religious convictions and for years has preached as an evangelist, particularly to
the younger people, but has never accepted any remuneration for his services-in fact, he has expressed the intention
of devoting the remainder of his life to the uplifting and betterment of the younger generation. He is a man of
alert and vigorous mentality and is a forceful and convincing speaker.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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