Facts and Events
John Stewart Stanier was born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 1898. He was a veteran of World War I, graduated from Lehigh University in 1923, and then began a long career in the steel business in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, eventually working as a mill superintendent in Youngstown, Ohio. John Stewart died at the age of 65 or 66, in the year 1964. He and his wife Elizabeth Brydon Woollcott had 3 children and (although not all were born when he died) 13 grandchildren.
Early Life & Education
We do not have too many details about John Stewart's grade school and high school years. He was born in in Tarentum, PA, in 1898, to John Thomas Stanier and Emma Fiddler. John was the youngest of three siblings. His father was an immigrant from England (or possibly Scotland) and his mother was born in Pennsylvania but his maternal grandparents emigrated from England. Tarentum is on the Allegheny River about 22 miles upstream of Pittsburgh. In the 1910 census (when John Stewart was 11 years old), the family is located in Tarentum in a rented home at 200 Lock St. There were 5 people in th household -- the parents John Thomas and Emma, and their 3 children. During the years of World War I (1917 and 1918 for the United States) John was of prime age for military service, and he did serve. See military service section. Census records from 1920 show that at age 21, the family was still in Tarentum. The home was owned and the address was 554 E. Eighth Ave. John Thomas was working as the superintendent of a steel mill (listed as a steel bar mill on the census) in 1920. There were a total of 5 persons in the house -- John Thomas and Emma, John Thomas and his older sister Anne, and a servant (Rose Witucki). Rose immigrated from Germany in 1902 and listed Polish as her first language on the census. John Stewart attended Lehigh University where he graduated in 1923. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity (source, 1919 school yearbook as accessed on ancestry.com) and he was a member of the football team (source, school yearbook as accessed on ancestry.com).
John Stewart married Elizabeth Brydon Woolcott in 1926. He was 27 or 28 years of age and she was 23. The location of the wedding has not yet been determined. It could have been the bride's birthplace (Raleigh, NC), the town where the bride was brought up and where her parents probably lived in 1926 (Warren, PA) or elsewhere. John and Elizabeth had 3 children and 13 grandchildren. John Stewart Stanier was known to his grandchildren as 'Poppy.'
John Stewart Stanier was in the steel business. The 1930 census (age 31) lists him as a metallurgist in Newton Falls, OH. By age 41 (1940 census), he lists his occupation as steel mill superintendent in Youngstown, OH. Specifically, John Stewart went on to become superintendent of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company's Campbell Plant in Campbell, Ohio. The plant was visited by Eleanor Roosevelt in November, 1939. John Stewart is included in a picture  with the then first lady. John Stewart enjoyed Lake Chautauqua, New York. There are family stories told of guards stationed around the house to provide security during management-labor disputes.
The 1930 U.S. Census lists John S. Stanier as a veteran of World War I. Oral history (from Kate Malarney through John S. Stanier's daughter Mary Oliver) says that he was a corporal in the artillery.
Places of Residence
For places of residence before his marriage to Elizabeth Woollcott, see Early Life and Education.
The 1930 census (age 26) lists John and Elizabeth in Newton Falls, OH, married to John S. Stanier, and with Jack, aged 1. The family is renting what appears to be 316 4th street for a rent of $65 a month. One can confirm from the census form that they also lived with a maid, Gertrude White, age 22. John Stewart Stanier's occupation is listed as metallurgist. It is interesting to note that a Howard Wolcott family (possibly a relative of John's wife Elizabeth) lived next door. Virtually everyone on the census form lists "steel mill" as employer.
The 1940 census (age 37) list Elizabeth and John in Youngstown OH at 1359 N. Heights. The address is 1 block north of Wick park, and 7 blocks south of Crandall park. The kids are age 4 through 11, and the family employs a 16 year old maid, Marian R. Seivert.
In Youngstown, John S. Stanier was active in St. John's Episcopal Church.
Photographs and Other Historical Documents
John S. Stanier has records found in the U.S. Census files of 1910, 1920, 1930, and 1940. He is also listed in several Lehigh yearbooks for the years 1919-1923. Several family photographs of John S. Stanier survive.
John Stewart's gravestone is in the Chautauqua Cemetary in Mayville, New York.