Death of S. M. Stewart.
Samuel M. Stewart, founder of the Stewart fire department apparatus business in Rochester, N. Y., died in that city last week. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, but has been a resident of Rochester since 1834. He at once became interested in the manufacture of fire apparatus and built up a prosperous business, which since his retirement in 1883 has been carried on by his two sons, A. F. and S. C. Stewart. He was the inventor of many fire appliances and had a patent on an extension ladder which was used in Rochester for the first time. The business became so well known that it extended until apparatus was made for a great many cities this country and abroad. Mr. Stewart was actively connected with the early volunteer fire companies of Rochester and served a number of years as a member of hook and ladder company No. 2, which was organized in 1847 and disbanded in 1860. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Rochester fire department. He was also a member of Rochester City Lodge, No. 66, and the Mt. Hope Encampment. I. O. O. F., and Of Genesee Falls Lodge of Masons. He was actively interested in these organizations until within a few years of his death.