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Though among the youngest of Rio Vista's business men, Charles Earl Stewart has gained an enviable position by reason of his energy, ability and fine personality, and he is now efficiently filling the place in the community so long worthily occupied by his father. He was born in this city on the 29th of January, 1901, and is a son of Matthew and Josephine (Donaldson) Stewart, the former of whom was a native of Canada and the latter of New York state. The father came to California in 1874, locating at once in Rio Vista, where for a time he clerked in a grocery store. Later he was engaged in grain farming west of the town and in 1889 he bought the Kern undertaking business in Rio Vista, to which he devoted his attention up to the time of his death, which occurred November 29, 1920. He was a man of exalted character and fine personal qualities and was held in high esteem throughout the locality. He served as deputy county coroner, and fraternally he was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, belonging to the blue lodge, chapter and commandery, as well as Islam temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at San Francisco. Of the children born to him and his wife, the following are living: Dugald, of Stockton, California; Gordon, of Oakland, California; Walter; Matthew, of Vacaville; Dellma, the wife of James McKasley, of Oakland; and Charles E.

Charles E. Stewart secured his educational training in the public schools of Rio Vista and at an early age became interested in his father's business, embalming his first body, with the assistance of his father, at the age of thirteen years. He took a course in the Cincinnati School of Embalming and in 1915 became actively associated with his father, succeeding to the business at the latter's death. He conducts an average of fifty funerals a year, and he is particularly well qualified for this profession, possessing the necessary tact and exercising that courtesy and thoughtful attention to details so essential to the successful funeral director. Mr. Stewart is now serving as deputy county coroner. He is a member of Vallejo Lodge No. 559, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Rio Vista, in which he has passed through the chairs. He was married to Miss Esther Miller", of Alameda, California.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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