Since coming to Sonoma county Mr. Stewart has been connected with its agricultural interests, and has acquired
considerable ranching property, his home place being in close proximity to fluncans Mills, which is his postoffice
and market town. A native of Wisconsin, born in 1860, he was the eldest of the four children born to Joseph Stewart
and his wife, the former born in New York state in 1837. The early married life of the parents was passed in Wisconsin,
but some time after the birth of his eldest son, the father brought his family to California, and here, in Sonoma
county, he attained a good old age. Farming had been his life occupation, sixty four years having been passed in
this honorable employment both here and in the middle west, and for a number of years after coming to the west
he worked as a night watchman in Healdsburg.
Dell Stewart came to California with his parents, and his whole life has practically been passed in this state.
In early life he prepared himself for the future by learning the blacksmith's trade, a trade which he has followed
for many years, but which he has given up to some extent to devote his attention to the care of his land. This
consists of one hundred and sixty acres of timber land near Duncans Mills, from which he is cutting the timber,
two million feet of raw timber thus far having been taken from his land.
Mrs. Stewart was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1860. In maidenhood she was Miss Belle Ackenberg, the daughter
of John Ackenberg, a native of Ohio, as was also his wife. During the girlhood of their daughter the parents left
Ohio and settled in California, and here as in Ohio the father carried on farming for many years. During his later
years, however, he followed merchandising in Healdsburg, in this, as in farming, making a success of his undertakings.
Two children were born to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ackenberg, Belle, Mrs. Stewart, and Martha, who is also
married. Two children have blessed the marriage of Mr. Stewart and his wife, Sidney and Lettie. The son, Sidney,
chose as his wife Miss Mabel Brown, and they have two children. The daughter, Kittie, is the wife of Edward Bones,
and one son, Beverly, has been born to them.
History of Sonoma County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1911
Sonoma County, CA
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