Dr. Daniel Logan Stewart was born on the 14th of June, 1893 in Thamesville. He was the 3rd of 4 children born to Dr. Samuel Stewart and the former Margaret McFarlane. His father was a respected family physician who practiced medicine in Wallaceburg prior to moving to Thamesville in 1892. Dr. Daniel Logan Stewart’s siblings were; John James McFarlane Stewart who was born in Wallaceburg on the 22nd of March 1886, Katherine Ferguson Stewart who was born in Wallaceburg on the 16th of July, 1887 and his little sister Martha “Edith” Margaret Stewart who was born in Thamesville on the 26th of September, 1898.
Dr. Stewart 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 WWI in London, Ontario on the 10th of September, 1916 and served as a Medical Officer with the Canadian Army. When he enlisted Dr. Stewart was 6 feet, 1.5 inches tall and 192 lbs. In January of 1919, Dr. Stewart had some general debility after exposure to 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 achieved the rank of Captain. He 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. Stewart was born in Newmarket on the 27th of May, 1898. She was the 3rd of 5 children born to John Robert Wesley and the former Maud Louisa Trent. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; John Cleland Wesley, Victor Edward Trent Wesley, Marjorie Trent Wesley and Athol “Marie” Wesley. Mrs. Stewart was a teacher.
Dr. and Mrs. Stewart had two children, Donald Logan Stewart and Karolyn Marie Stewart.
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 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chatham on the 20th of August, 1940. 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.
***Mrs. Stewart’s brother’s John Cleland Wesley and Victor Edward Trent Wesley both served with the Canadian Armed Services during WWI.