Historical Portrayals


Portrayal by Ardis Eilts

Alice Everitt was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1861. Her mother died when Alice was 2 and her father moved the children to Atlantic, Iowa shortly after the end of the Civil War. In 1880, she married Daniel R. (D.R.) Stewart who was born on Prince Edward Island, Canada. They came to Ireton in 1885. Dan purchased a blacksmith shop on the east side of Main Street that he operated for 47 years and Alice owned a series of restaurants. The couple also built a large home where the community center now stands.

“Biddie” was an enthusiastic booster of Ireton – she was a strong proponent of the creation of a high school, was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and lent her cooking and baking skills to many fundraising efforts. The Stewarts’ only child was a daughter, Alberta “Birdie” Stewart Noon, and no descendants remain in the area