He came to the US from Newfoundland before he was even 18. Barbara, who has documentation, says he entered the US in Vanceboro, Maine on May 8, 1911.
He settled in Cambridge and plied his trade as a carpenter. He would hoist a heavy toolbox onto his shoulder and walk into Boston to work. Several years later, probably at an Orangemen's picnic, he met Hilda, who had come to Cambridge from Nova Scotia with her parents.
He married Hilda on April 28, 1917. Four of their six children were born before they left the metropolitan area. The family moved into the humble summer camp of a Dr. Heaton, with one room and a kitchen, on Church Lane in Burlington, Massachusetts. This house was continually improved upon.
They lived in Burlington for most of their lives together. He was very active in the town. He designed and built the Honor Roll for WWII servicemen and women for the Town Hall lawn.
During World War II he was a warden that helped enforce blackout regulations. The war brought the family tragedy: Wally went missing over the Pacific.
Stewart was an active member of the Loyal Order of Orangemen, which had its origins as a secret society of loyalists in Northern Ireland. He rose in the organization to become a "Black Knight." The family attended the annual picnic every July 12. He also belonged to the Grange and Civic Clubs.
After a long bout of arthritis, which incapacitated him many times in his life, he was forced to depend on a wheelchair. He died in 1973.
According to Peg, he told Oldford family stories about Lord Nelson and the battle of Trafalgar.
According to Jack Howes, he designed the Tewksbury house Jim & Elsie raised their family in, and David Howes still has those plans.
↑ July 11 is on his World War I draft card but August 12 is on his birth record. According to Barbara on 25 Oct 2016: "I think I know where that August date comes from. I think I remember when Grampa applied for Social Security he said something about a wrong date but that he was pretty sure it was because it took them a month to register his birth. I have his 'Declaration of Intention' and both of their Naturalize papers. His birth date is listed as July 11 1893."
↑ Newfoundland, Vital Records, 1840-1949, Births 1892-1895, Certificate Number 62001-634463, page 262, line 12, via FamilySearch.org
↑ At one point we had that he entered the US in Vassalboro, Maine, on September 11, 1915 and listed his age as 22. Perhaps this was his naturalization.
Much of the information above comes from a very good obituary entitled "A man of integrity" written for a Burlington newspaper by John 'Ed' Fogelberg. A copy of this is held by Chris Whitten.
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