Memorable Manitobans: Robert William Stewart (1857-1932)
Editor and publisher.
Born at Upper Fort Garry on 11 October 1857, son of James Stewart and Robina McKay, he was educated at Kildonan Schools. He learned the printing business in Winnipeg on the old Manitoban (Coldwell and Cunningham), Free Press, and Tribune under Colonel George Ham. His father established The Selkirk Record in 1885.
On 19 April 1882, he married Isabella Hume (1864-1950, sister-in-law of Robert Fern Lyons) and they had five children: Margaret Isabella Stewart (1883-1959), Robina Elizabeth Stewart (1885-1980), James Hume Stewart (1887-1936), Ellen Irene Stewart (1889-1966), and Mary Inez Stewart (1893-1967). He was a member of the Weekly Newspaper Association, Selkirk Board of Trade, and AF & AM (Past Worshipful Master, Lisgar Lodge No. 2).
He died at Selkirk on 6 March 1932 and was buried in the Mapleton St. Clements Anglican Cemetery.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.
Robert William Stewart, FindAGrave.
We thank Heather Greene for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 December 2022