W.W. Stewart Family Collection.

ca. 1858-ca. 1924.

57 items (54 photographic prints, 2 photomechanical prints, 1 postcard): b&w; 35 x 45 cm. or smaller.
1 album (12 photographic prints): b&w; 14 x 18 cm.

Photographic prints: OP10834/1-56.

San Diego History Center
Booth Historical Photograph Archives
P.O. Box 81825
San Diego, CA 92138

Gift of Eleanor Ring, 1975?

Open for research.

For permission to reproduce or publish, contact the curator of the Booth Historical Photograph Archives of the San Diego Historical Society. Reproduction or publication of any part of this collection must include the following information next to the image(s) or in a special section of credits: W.W. Stewart Family Collection, San Diego History Center, Booth Historical Photograph Archives.

Arrangement: by subject and size. Photographers include Robert H. Furman, J.C. Parker, Lee Passmore, M. Otto Schellenberg, and J.A. Sherriff. See negatives 18170/1-34 in the Union Title Insurance Collection for more Stewart family photographs not in this collection. Forms part of: San Diego Historical Society Original Print Collection.

William Wallace Stewart and his family moved from Placerville, California, to San Diego in 1869 where he established a business as a shipper and wholesale commission merchant. He was married to Isabella Ellen Ryan. They had three sons (Charles, Harry, and Roy) and three daughters (Kate, Molly, and Belle).

This collection portrays the family of pioneer San Diego merchant W.W. Stewart. It contains mostly card photographs and includes studio portraits, family gatherings, the W.W. Stewart and Company warehouse on K Street, and views of Warner Springs and El Morro, near San Luis Rey Mission. Of special note is a motion picture still and photographs of W.W. Stewart’s youngest son Roy Stewart, an early Hollywood cowboy film actor, shaking hands with San Diego Mayor John L. Bacon. Another segment of the collection portrays ships. It includes Lee Passmore photographs of the SS Harpathian and a small photograph album that documents the USS Bennington disaster.

W.W. Stewart.
Stewart family.
Families — California — San Diego.
Ship accidents.
Bennington (Ship).


Box 1
Folder 1
OP10834/35 Motion picture still of early Hollywood cowboy film actor John Roy Stewart, W.W. Stewart’s son, in Trail of the Lonesome Star, 1913.
OP10834/14 Actor Roy Stewart (sitting on horse) shaking hands with San Diego Mayor John L. Bacon, with inscription by Bacon: “Best wishes to my old neighbor Roy Stewart. A San Diego product we are all proud of.”
OP10834/15 Actor Roy Stewart (right) with Mayor John L. Bacon.
Folder 2
OP10834/24 Men, horses, and wagons in front of W.W. Stewart and Company warehouse on K Street, 1887.
Folder 3
OP10835/42 View of mesa, upper El Morro, near San Luis Rey Mission.
OP10834/43 Looking north from upper El Morro mesa.
OP10834/44 Horse drawn wagon crossing the San Diego, Cuyamaca, and Eastern Railroad, west of El Morro.
OP10834/45 Woman on horse.
OP10834/46 View showing water conditions at El Morro.
OP10834/47 Looking across a “fertile” valley of El Morro.
OP10834/50 Horse drawn wagon crossing Tijuana River.
Folder 4
OP10834/39 View of main road through Warner Springs showing people, buildings, and tents, 1908.
OP10834/51 Group of men sitting outside building at Warner Springs, 1908.
OP10834/23 Portrait of three American Indians.
OP10834/41 Man rowing scull near pier.
OP10834/49 Postcard showing San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel, looking west from the plaza, grand opening October 15, 1910.
Folder 5
OP10834/52 Portrait of Harry Bye Stewart, son of W.W. Stewart (J.A. Sherriff, photographer).
OP10834/53 Portrait of W.W. Stewart’s infant daughter Ruth Isabelle [Belle] Stewart, age 13 months, 1869 (J.H. Heering of San Jose, photographer).
OP10834/31 Portrait of W.W. Stewart’s daughters: Belle (left), Molly [Mary Ella] (center), and Kate [Catherine] (right), between 1886 and 1892 (J.C. Parker, photographer).
OP10834/28 Group portrait of Stewart family, from left to right: Charlie [Charles King] W.W. and Molly (front), Kate, Belle, Isabella [Ellen Ryan, wife of W.W. Stewart], and Harry, 1878 (J.A. Sherriff, photographer).
OP10834/30 Portrait of Roy Stewart as young child with unidentified boy, 1885 (J.A. Sherriff, photographer).
OP10834/33 Portrait of Molly Stewart, age 11, 1883 (J.A. Sherriff, photographer).
OP10834/29 Portrait of [Molly?], 1874 (Parker & Parker, photographer).
Folder 6
OP10834/21 Portrait of W.W. [William Wallace] Stewart, [1887?] (F.G. Schumacher of Los Angeles, photographer).
Folder 7
OP10834/38 Portrait of Roy Stewart, 1890 (Howland and Chadwick of Los Angeles, photographer).
OP10834/37 Woman standing in front of house in Oakland, California, 1890.
OP10834/55 Portrait of “Baby” Ruth, age 3 months, with mother, 1902 (F.C. Shook of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, photographer).
OP10834/32 Portrait of Belle Stewart Reynolds and infant son Stewart, 1897.
OP10834/18 Portrait of woman and two children [Belle with her son Stewart and daughter Ruth?].
OP10834/19 Portrait of three men and a woman, “received Thanksgiven [sic] day,” 1901 (Coover and Rasmussen of San Francisco, photographer).
OP10834/3 Portrait of Mrs. [Kate Stewart] Jackson, [ca. 1920] (M. Otto Schellenberg, photographer).
OP10834/36 Portrait of woman [Belle Stewart Reynolds?], 1909.
OP10834/34 Portrait of woman [Isabella Ryan Stewart?], age 73, 1910 (M. Otto Schellenberg, photographer).
OP10834/48 Portrait of Jennie [Jane] Ryan Harville (left), Margaret Towner Hawkett (center), Nellie [Isabella] Ryan Stewart (right), in San Francisco or Sacramento [photographic reproduction of daguerreotype, ca. 1858].
OP10834/40 Portrait of Ella Reynolds, age 4, 1909 (F.C. Shook of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, photographer).
OP10834/17 Portrait of W.W. Stewart, his daughter Belle Stewart Reynolds, and grandson Stewart, 1899 (Robert H. Furman, photographer).
Folder 8
OP10834/56 Group portrait of Molly Stewart (front row, fourth from right), age 11, classmates, and teacher Miss Fogg, 1883.
OP10834/22 Group of men, women, and children around picket fence.
OP10834/16 Group of men, women, and children around fence, 1886.
OP10834/13 Group of people riding in horse drawn wagons, 1910.
Folder 9
OP10834/20 Schooner Rosoria, returning [from Guadalupe Islands?] with Captain Bill [Tomas?] and Fred Sisson, the cook, on deck, 1873.
OP10834/12 San Diego, first [yacht?] ever built in San Diego, 1880.
Folder 10
OP10834/1 Portrait of Molly, Kate, and Belle Stewart, and two other women outdoors, 1891 (J.C. Parker, photographer).
OP10834/27 Group of people at Ocean Beach, 1890 (J.C. Parker, photographer).
OP10834/26 Group of people, including Molly Stewart, at Ocean Beach, 1890 (J.C. Parker, photographer).
OP10834/26A Copy of OP10834/26 made by Fritz Crabill in 1971.
OP10834/25 Group of people around a stone wall, 1888.
Folder 11
OP10834/54 Photograph album containing 12 prints documenting the USS Bennington disaster, 1905 (V. Bruschi, photographer; J. S. Launderville, photographer).
Box 2 (Oversize)
Folder 12
OP10834/7 First ship launched at Marine Ways, North Island, under construction; Marine Ways co-owned by W.W. Stewart, [ca. 1889] (J.C. Parker, photographer).
Folder 13
OP10834/11 Portrait of Francis Stewart Dean, daughter of Robert Stewart and W.W. Stewart’s niece, inscribed “For my cousin Roy,” 1900 (Marceau of New York, photographer).
OP10834/2 Portrait of Belle Stewart Reynolds, [ca. 1900] (Robert H. Furman, photographer).
OP10834/8 Portrait of Kate, Mary [Molly], and Belle, 1890.
Folder 14
OP10834/9 SS Harpathian [sunk 100 miles off Virginia coast in 1918] discharging cargo at U.S. Navy coaling station, San Diego, 1913 (Lee Passmore, photographer).
OP10834/6 Two ships docked [in San Diego Bay?], the [Vestalia?] and a Japanese ship, [1913?] (Lee Passmore, photographer).
OP10834/5 Portrait SS Harpathian Captain Route, 1913 (Lee Passmore, photographer).
Folder 15
OP10834/4 Group portrait in yard of Stewart house, 636 E Street, from left to right: W.W. Stewart, unidentified woman, Molly, Belle, unidentified woman, Kate, 1891 (J.C. Parker, photographer).
OP10834/10 Kate and Molly Stewart in yard of Stewart house.
OP10834/56 Wedding picture, in yard of Stewart house, from left to right: unidentified boy, Belle, W.W. Stewart, Captain Ziba Wells Reynolds, unidentified boy, [Molly?], and [Kate?], 1895.