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McCook Tribune
McCook, Nebraska
Tuesday, June 18, 1911

BURRIS H. STEWART LAID TO REST

BODY SHIPPED TO TINGLEY, IOWA, FRIDAY
and BURIED BESIDE HIS MOTHER

Funeral services over the remains of B. H. STEWART were conducted at the home Friday afternoon at three o’clock, McCook lodge No. 135, of which departed was the late master, being in charge. The lodge members marched from their temple to the residence in organization. Their ceremonial was beautiful and impressive. A large circle of friends were present to pay a tribute of respect to the memory of the departed, and to give tender expression to the living of their heartfelt sympathy. A "watch" from the same fraternal body remained with the remains until evening train bore the body to Tingley, Ia, a large body of Masons escorting the remains to the train, and F. WOLFF accompanying the body to Iowa as the joint representative of the Masons and the Knights of Pythias.

Burris H. STEWART, the youngest in the family of thirteen boys, was born in Little York, Illinois, April 18th, 1882. Died in McCook, Nebraska, July 13th, 1911. He is survived by his young wife nee Miss Dora OYSTER, to whom he was married June 1st, 1910.

The floral offerings from the several Masonic bodies and from other orders and friends constituted an elaborate and appropriate expression from brethren and neighbors. A quartette, Mrs. Neal QUICK of Indianola, Mrs. A .M. WILLIAMS, Mr. T. E. McCARL and Mrs. H. N. ROSEBUSH, sang several familiar, appropriate hymns. Pastor BAYNE of the Congregation church offered prayer and made brief remarks preceding the ceremonial service.

Four brothers accompanied the remains from McCook, namely, E. M. STEWART of Colorado Springs, Colorado; J. R. STEWART of Diagonal, Iowa; W. W. STEWART of Tingley, Iowa; J. T. O. STEWART of Omaha, Nebraska.

There were thirteen brothers in this unusual family, ten brother surviving the departed, and in addition to those going from here it was expected that the six others as well as the father, would be present at the burial in Tingley, Iowa, vix: I. B. STEWART of Des Moines, Iowa; W. B. STEWART of Chicago, Illinois; A. R. STEWART of Columbus, Ohio; T. B. STEWART of Bellevue, Iowa; C. R. STEWART of Kit Carson, Colorado; F. H. STEWART of Des Moines, Iowa. The two brothers who had passed on before were: P. H. STEWART, who died in 1864, and E[dwin]. W. STEWART, 1904. Mother [S. Jane] STEWART passed into the spirit land July 14th, 1896. Father [Frank] STEWART survives, though being now in his 83rd year.

The father and the ten brothers were present at the funeral in Tingley, Iowa, which was held in the M.E. church there, Sunday, the fifteenth anniversary of the funeral of his mother, and was conducted by the Tingley and Diagonal pastors. The large church was filled, many being of lodges of Tingley and Diagonal to secure seats. The K.P. attended. At the grave, the six younger brother relieved the pall bearers and gently laid all that was mortal of their youngest brother beside the mother he loved so well.

He was highly respected by the people of Tingley, where he graduated from the high school at the age of fourteen not long before the death of his mother, fulfilling her wish that she might live to see the graduation of her youngest child. Since the death, it has become known that he was overcome with heat about July 6th, the date of the first issue of his paper; that this caused mental derangement, although he struggled to conceal his illness and continue his work, and that the prospects for mental recovery would not have been favorable.

Submission by Kathleen Stewart, January of 2010

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