Louis Lee Steward
State Archives (History of Arizona - Biography VIII 1930)

Louis L. Steward has long held a prominent place in the banking circles of Phoenix, where has had served as cashier of the Citizens State Bank for the past fifteen years. A man of stanch integrity, good business judgment and fine personality, he commands a public confidence and stands among the solid and substantial men of Phoenix. Mr. Steward was born on the fifth day of December, 1880, in Cedar County, Missouri, and is a son of George and Teressa (Williams) Steward, the former of whom was engaged in farming in that state for many years. Louis L. Steward attended the public schools of his home neighborhood and completed his education in Weaubleau Christian College, at Weaubleau, Missouri, after which he engaged in educational work, teaching in the schools of his native state until 1909, when he came to Arizona. He taught school in this state for a short time and then turned his attention to the cattle business, in which he met a fine measure of success. He acquired valuable ranch interests and during the subsequent years has given considerable attention to farming, now having sixteen hundred acres of land in cotton. In 1914 Mr. Steward came to Phoenix and organized and incorporated the Citizens State Bank, of which he was elected cashier, which position he has held to the present time. He has devoted his attention closely to the interests of this institution and has the satisfaction of seeing it develop into one of the strong and influential banks of this city. In 1920, Mr. Steward also engaged in the insurance business, under the name of the Citizens Insurance Agency, which has proven a very successful and steadily growing concern.

Mr. Steward was united in Marriage to Mrs. Mary Russell Peabody, a daughter of Edward and Ionia Russell, of Kansas, in which state she was born and reared. Her father was active in public affairs in Kansas and his portrait now hangs in the hall of fame in the capitol of that state. By a former marriage, Mrs. Steward is the mother of a son, Russell Peabody, now thirty years of age, who is married and is associated with Mr. Steward in the insurance business. Mr. and Mrs. Steward are the parents of a son, Louis L., Jr., sixteen years of age and who is attending New Mexico Military Institute at Roswell, New Mexico. Mr. Steward is a member of Arizona Lodge No. 2, F. & A. M.; Phoenix Chapter No. 1, R. A. M.; Phoenix Commandery No. 3, K. T., and El Zaribah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. Mrs. Steward is a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. A man of earnest purpose and straightforward manner, Mr. Steward's life has been governed by right principals and he has been loyal to the highest obligations of citizenship, standing consistently for all that is best in the life of his community, and has shown himself well worthy of the high place which he holds in public regard.

L. L. Steward Sr., Pioneer Rancher, Builder Dies
The Phoenix Gazette
Thursday, June 30, 1960

L. L. Steward Sr, one of the Phoenix area's pioneer builders and developers, died last night in Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Private funeral services will be held tomorrow

Mr. Steward, 79, was born in Stockton, Mo., and was educated at the University of Arizona. He first came to Arizona as the only schoolteacher at remote, lonely Lee's Ferry, 5 miles upstream from the Navajo Bridge which now crosses Marble Canyon. He taught there during the school years of 1905 and 1906, and recalled years later that a majority of children were members of one pioneer Mormon family named Emmett.

After that, Mr. Steward became a cowboy and then general range manager for one of the largest cattle ranches in the nation, the vast Bar Z Cattle Co., with headquarters in Salt Lake City. The outfits principal range was all of the land north of the Grand Canyon now included in the Kaibab National Forest.

Attorney for the Bar Z in Arizona was a young Flagstaff attorney, Henry Fountain Ashurst. They became close friends, and in 1911, Mr. Steward was Ashurst's campaign manager as the articulate young lawyer sought election as Arizona's first Democrat to be U. S. Senator.

Mr. Steward had moved to Phoenix in 1910, where for the last 50 years he was active as a developer, anticipating great growth at an early day. In recent years, he has been a real estate broker, insurance agent, and in property management.

Even before Arizona won statehood in 1912 Mr. Steward subdivided farm land on what was the edge of the city in what became known as the Story Addition, building more than 100 new homes for newcomers attracted to Phoenix by news of statehood. That tract is centered around Kenilworth School.

Mr. Steward was head of the Southwest Building and Loan Co., a director and principal stockholder of the Citizens State Bank, at one time was a loan officer for the Home Owners Loan Corp., and was head of the Federal Public Housing Administration during World War II.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, member of Knights Templar, and a Shriner. Mr. Steward attended Unity Truth Center.

Private funeral services will be followed by cremation. Arrangements are being made by Mercer Mortuary.

The family has requested donations to charitable organizations for children in lieu of other memorial remembrances.

Survivors include his wife, Mary R. Steward, 111 W. Almeria; a son, L. L. Steward Jr., Phoenix; a stepson, Russell Peabody, Phoenix; two brothers, Earl C. and Don C. Steward, both of Phoenix; five grandchildren; and two cousins, Dr. BL Steward, Coolidge, and Dr. Charles L. Nevins, Phoenix.