Alfred J., Ewart, who is a progressive and enterprising farmer and stock dealer, owns a valuable farm of two
hundred and forty acres on section 21, Pleasant township, and is also a representative of one of the old and well
known families of this section of the state. Mr. Ewart was born in the little village of Ewart in Pleasant township,
January 25, 1867, a son of Robert and Euphemia (Burns) Ewart, who are now deceased. The parents were both natives
of Morrow county, Ohio, and were there reared and married, coming to Poweshiek county about the. year 1862. Here
the father engaged in agricultural pursuits and became an extensive landowner, the village of Ewart being built
on land which was once in his possession. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ewart were born six children: Sarah, the wife
of M. E. Sturgeon, of Saskatchewan, Canada ; T. E., who makes his home in Chicago; Alfred J., of this review Mattie,
the wife of F. C. Rayburn, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work ; James S., a resident of Ewart; and Mamie,
who became the wife of Charles Smith but is now deceased. The father departed this life in 105, and the mother,
surviving for only a year, passed away in 1906. Thus the community mourned the loss of two of its most prominent
and highly esteemed residents.
Alfred J. Ewart was reared on the home farm in Pleasant township and was early trained to the duties that fall
to the farmer boy, and the instruction which he received in his youth and early manhood proved a valuable asset
in after life. When he reached mature years he began business on his own account and is today the owner of two
hundred and forty acres of land on section 21, Pleasant township, this property adjoining the village of Ewart
on the east. In addition to carrying on general farming, Mr. Ewart also buys and ships stock on quite an extensive
scale and this branch of his business is proving profitable to him.
Mr. Ewart chose as a companion and helpmate on the journey of life, Miss Anna Powell, their marriage being celebrated
on the 22d of December, 1888. She was born in Searsboro, Poweshiek county, in 1866, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
James Powell. By her marriage she has become the mother of three daughters and three sons, namely: Leta, Alfred
R., Nellie, Ruth, Kenneth and Robert.
In politics Mr. Ewart is independent, voting for the men and measures which he deems will prove most beneficial
to the community. He is serving as assessor of his township and for three terms filled the office of township trustee.
In his fraternal relations he is a Knight of Pythias. He is ever alert and progressive, and his advancement in
life is the result of honorable business principles coupled with sound judgment. He is well known in the community
in which he lives and labors, and the high reputation which his honored father always bore is also enjoyed by the
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Poweshiek County, IA
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