Lambton at War

Courtright

The First World War

Major Robert Gibb Stewart

 

Robert Gibb Stewart was born on October 14, 1872.  At the age of eleven he joined the cavalry, of which his Father was then a Major, and for twenty-one years was connected with C Squadron, 1st Hussars. He attained the rank of Major.  During the Boer War he volunteered for service but his senior officer was chosen.

Robert worked at his Father’s lumber mill, for nine years.  He continued his education; he went to Sarnia and at a business college studied stenography and typewriting.  He returned to Courtright and spent two years in the grain business, also dealing in hardware.  He sold out and was engaged by the Michigan Central Railroad as inspector of railway ties.  He was foreman of the freight handlers on the Michigan Central Railroad dock at Courtright and the coal business at Courtright.  Politically he is a Liberal like his father, trustee of School Section No. 18 for eight years; and justice of the peace in 1896.

In 1903 he was elected a trustee for the village of Courtright, and the following year a member of the council for Moore Township.

He belonged to the Moore Lodge, No. 294, A. F. & M., Courtright; Valentine Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Moore Town, and of Court Silva, I. O. F.  He belonged to the Presbyterian Church and was a teacher in the Sabbath-school.

Major Stewart was married January 17, 1894, in Moore Township, to Miss Laura Stockdale and they had 4 children.

 

~ Story told by Alice Gibb, London