Dr. Daniel Logan Stewart was born on the 14th of June, 1893 in Thamesville. He was the 3rd of 4 children born to his parents Dr. Samuel Stewart and the former Margaret McFarlane. His siblings were; John who was born on the 22nd of March, 1886, Katherine who was born on the 16th of July, 1887 and his little sister Martha “Edith” who was born on the 26th of September, 1898. He attended schools in Thamesville, before continuing his education in Toronto. He spent one year at The University of Toronto, then transferred to the University of Western Ontario and graduated M.D. in 1916.
Dr. Stewart enlisted in London, Ontario on the 10th of September, 1916 and served as a Medical Officer with the Canadian Army during WWI. When he enlisted Dr. Stewart was 6’1.5″ tall and 192 lbs. In January of 1919, Dr. Stewart had some general debility after exposure to his active service in France. He presented symptoms of fatigue, insomnia and anxiety and he had a cough. Dr. Stewart was sent to England to recoup. After he recovered sufficiently, he worked in casualty hospitals until the 15th of July, 1919, when his unit was demobilized. Dr. Stewart was struck off strength and he returned to Canada.
Dr. Stewart returned to Thamesville and he worked alongside his father in his medical practice. (His father died in 1929). According to the 1928 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Stewart joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 26th of August, 1919. He was appointed as the Medical Officer of Health for Camden Township. He was a physician for the Moravian Reserve and he was designated as a Coroner.
Dr. Stewart married Karolyn Marie Wesley on the 24th of July, 1926, in Newmarket, Ontario. Mrs. Wesley was born in Newmarket on the 27th of May, 1898, the daughter of John R. Wesley and the former Maud Trent. Her parents were farmers and she had 2 older brothers; John and Edward and 2 younger sisters Marjorie and Marie.
Dr. and Mrs. Stewart had two children, Donald and Carolyn.
Like his father, Dr. Stewart was active on the Thamesville Public School Board. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the I.O.O.F. He was a member of the Thamesville Rotary Club and he served as President from 1938-1940. He belonged to the Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Daniel Stewart died on the 20th of August, 1940 at St Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham. He was buried at the Sherman Cemetery in Thamesville. He was 47 years old. His wife Karolyn died in 1981 and she was also buried at the Sherman Cemetery.
*Dr. Stewart appears on the ‘Gathering Our Heroes’ website.
**His father Dr. Samuel Stewart also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.