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Allen Thomas Stewart
By Lu Hickey

ALLEN THOMAS STEWART is one of the younger business men of Doniphan County and has established himself firmly in business and civic esteem at Denton, where he is proprietor of the only drug store and is now serving his second successive term as mayor.

Most of his life has been spent in Kansas. He was born at Salem, Kentucky, in Livingston County, March 11, 1881, and came to this state with his parents when he was five years old. He attended public schools, graduated from the high school at Seneca Kansas, in 1901, and following that had two years in the School of Pharmacy in the University of Kansas at Lawrence. The following year he took special work in the Kansas City College of Pharmacy, where he was graduated Ph. C. in 1905. After two years' employment under his father Mr Stewart bought his present drug store at Denton in 1907. He has conducted that as a high class pharmacy and general drug store, and it is one of the best business establishments of the town. Mr. Stewart also owns his home a block south and a half block east of the store.

Prior to his election as mayor in 1914 he served three terms on the City Council. He was re-elected mayor in 1916. During his term in the council and as mayor Mr. Stewart has been instrumental in securing electric lights for Denton and the town now enjoys a twenty year contract with the Hiawatha Light, Power and Ice Company for that service.

Mr. Stewart is of old Scotch ancestry. One branch of his family came from Scotland and located in Kentucky about the time of the Revolution. Mr. Stewart's grandfather, Washington Stewart, was born in Scotland about 1830, and on coming to America located in Kentucky, living for a number of years at Salem and afterwards in Marion County. He was very successful, and acquired a competence enabling him to pass his last years free from care He died in a hospital at St. Joseph, Missouri, while visiting his relatives.

The father of Allen T. Stewart is Dr. R. Stewart, who was born in Kentucky in 1856 and was reared and married in his native state. He is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Louisville, Kentucky, practiced in Salem and Carsville in Livingston County, and in 1886 came to Kansas. For two years he practiced at Mineola in Clark County, and in 1888 established his home in Denton, where he was the pioneer physician and where he continued his professional labors ten years. After that he practiced two years in Seneca, one year at Berne, eight years at Powhattan, eight years at Formosa, and has recently located at Lebanon, Kansas. Doctor Stewart is a republican and a member of the Masonic fraternity. His wife's maiden name was Alice Lowery. She was born in Livingston County, Kentucky, in 1864. They have four-children, Washington, who conducts a restaurant at Dubois, Nebraska; Allen T.; Rawley, who is a railroad employee and lives with his parents at Lebanon; and Callie, wife of Leo Bradrick, a farmer 3 1/2 miles from Formosa, Kansas.

Mr. Allen T. Stewart is a republican in politics, is a member of Severance Lodge of Masons, and Caswell Consistory No. 5 of the thirty-second degree Scottish Rite at Kansas City. He married in 1906, at Hiawatha, Kansas, Miss Meda E. Bartley, a daughter of John and Sarah (Martin) Bartley. Her mother now resides at Fairview, Kansas. Her father deceased, was a farmer and removed to Brown County Kansas, in 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart have one son, Norman Allen, born in June, 1912.

This zealous Scottish family came west after the Civil War.  It is ironic the town of Powhattan where Dr. Stewart practiced and raised his family is an Indian reservation.  In the past few years, the Kansas Indians have realized they are now in charge of their tribal lands and Powhattan is the scene of a thriving casino named Sac and Fox.  Through the gaming efforts, the tribes have regained a portion of their lost status from the Trail of Tears.

The modern day reservations are seeing new changes due to the Gaming Commission ruling of open gambling.  The revenue generated has given new schools, hospitals and housing to the less fortunate.  Dr. Stewart and his family played an integral role in settling of the prairies..



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