William Anderson Stewart was given the opportunity to either go to Princeton or travel around the world when he graduated from high school. He headed for New Jersey spending all of a week on campus before sending a note home to say he was headed East until he got back to Chicago. Family lore is sparse on a lot of details. The best guess is that adventure started in 1910. When he was in Ceylon, he allegedly met Mr. Ashbey who was scouting for a source of “tea”. When they returned, they started “Stewart & Ashbey Coffee & Tea Company”. The rest becomes a blur other than my Mother and Uncle did not live normal lives compared with most during the Depression.
Meet my grandfather who passed at the age of 50 in 1940. His spouse passed in 1925 at the age of 32. He remained single for the remainder of his short live. If one lets their imagination run a bit thinking of Chicago in those years. I am sure that Grandpa William knew the notables of that era. He had that reputation however limited our stories of his life were.
He was probably not alone when he shipped his kids off to Europe in 1933 and 1937. He joined them every now and then around the continent…so the faint tale goes. One would suspect he was not unescorted. He was short as was the other grandsire. Both were driven in their own rights.