Friday, August 2, 2013

The other James Stuart

A frequent comment heard around Granite county is: "James Stuart is buried in the Philipsburg cemetery."
Yes, there is a James Stuart buried in Block 6 of the Philipsburg cemetery. The headstone reads "Died April 22, 1912,
         aged 67 yrs. 1 mo.
   Native of Aberdeen, Scotland."

The Friday April 26, 1912 Philipsburg Mail published the following obituary:
"James Stuart storekeeper at the Bimetallic mill died at 12:30am on Monday April 22, after a brief illness of heart disease.

He was born at Dunkirk, Scotland, in March 1845 and came to the United States over 40 years ago. He came west when the Northern Pacific Railroad was being built through Montana and was employed at the construction of the Mullan tunnel. P. McGarvey of this city being his partner at that time. After the completion of the railroad, Mr. Stuart was freight agent at Drummond for several years, while E.I. Holland, now of Great Falls, was telegraph operator there. When the Bimetallic mill was being built in 1887 Mr. Stuart came to Philipsburg to accept the position of warehouse man and storekeeper at the mill which position he held until the time of his death.

He was a fixture at the Bimetallic and one of the oldest and most trusted employees of the company...He has no relatives in this country, but is survived by several brothers and other relatives in Scotland."

After services at the Presbyterian Church Mr. Stuart was interred in the Philipsburg cemetery. Pall bearers were: Dan Smith, Cyrus Morgan, Joseph Sorenson, M.E. Blonger, John B. Lucas and Merritt Robey.


  1. Thank you for this blog and the wealth of information it contains.

    I have been researching family history, and in particular what became of my great great grandfather.

    I received a tip off last week that he was buried in Philipsburg and my research led me to your blog. My belief is that James Stuart is actually James Paull Allanach, my great great grandfather.

    I am in contact with the Montana Historical Society at present to confirm the link, especially the content of their Alice Allanach box held under the John Lucas collection.

    Any information you have on him in the interim would be greatly appreciated, but if the link is 100% confirmed through material held at MHS, I will be sure to let you know
    Best Regards,
    G Allanach

    1. I am thrilled that our blog article has been of assistance to you. Certainly wioll be waiting for any information you receive from MHS. I read most of the John Lucas papers at MHS and do not recall any Alice Allanach, but was not looking for her so could have easily missed it. Good Luck
      Loraine. Email address:

    2. The only information I have on James was his obituary published in the Philipsburg Mail, newspaper that I found while researching information for three books I wrote on Granite County. I also had done a survey of the cemetery so had already questioned his headstone at the cemetery as at thast time I did not have the death date or burial place of the other James Stuart.