JAMES E. STEWART, whose name carries great weight in mining circles in Pennsylvania, is general manager of the United States Sewer Pipe Company (Pittsburg-Buffalo Company) at Johnetta, Armstrong county, Pa., with general offices at Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born in the State of Indiana, Dec. 25, 1874, and is a son of Robert and Ann (Atterson) Stewart.

Robert Steward was born at Glasgow, Scotland, of sturdy ancestors whose honest worth upheld one of the oldest names of Scotland. When Robert Stewart was twenty years of age, he came to America, and in his search for employment reached the settlement in Pennsylvania, which developed into the present day busy town of McKeesport. He followed coal mining in his own land from the age of nine years and pursued the same industry in Pennsylvania, altogether being engaged in this line for fifty years, living retired, however, for twenty-four years previous to his death, at the age of eighty-four years. His wife, Ann Atterson, died when ages fifty-four years, and but two survive of their family of nine children, Annie and James. E.

James E. Stewart attended the public schools of Shelburn, Ind., and early in life began work as a miner, laboring underground through the summers and attending school in the wintertime. In 1897 he came to Pennsylvania and secured a position with the company with which he is yet associated, and began mining and electrical work at Monongahela City, Pa., for James Jones & Sons. Subsequently he was sent by this company to Bruceton, Pa., and then opened up mines at Johnetta, Ky., for the Big Hill Coal Company, remaining there for two years. In June, 1904, he was called to take charge of the plants at Johnetta, Pa., a position of great responsibility, as these plants, the Johnetta brick plant and the Johnetta mine, are among the largest in the country. His selection as general manager indicates his possession of unusual business qualifications and a thorough knowledge of the industry under his charge gained in long experience.

Mr. Stewart was married in 1904 to Lillie Miller, a daughter of Frank Miller, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., and they have two daughters: Sarah L. and Elsie A. Mr. Stewart and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Republican, while fraternally he is identified with Leechburg Lodge, No. 577, F. & A. M., and Monongahela City Lodge, No. 455, B. P. O. Elks. Besides looking after his company's interests in Johnetta, Pa., Mr. Stewart spends part of his time at their plant in Kentucky.

The Johnetta place of the United States Sewer Pipe Company and the Johnetta mines are both located at Johnetta, Pa., thirty-three miles north of Pittsburgh on the Buffalo & Allegheny Valley division of the Pennsylvania railroad. These important industries bring prosperity to many residents of this section, the brick plant � which was established in 1898 � alone giving employment to from four hundred to four hundred and fifty men. This plant is the largest of its kind in the country, never closes, and turns out over one hundred thousand bricks daily, for which a market is found all over the United States and Canada. A description of the brick plant and mine will be found in Chapter XVIII, in the history section of this work.

Source: Pages 635-636 Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed September 2001 by Lynn Beatty for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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