One of the establishments that contribute much to Zanesville's importance as an industrial center is the Kearns-Gorsuch Bottling Company, an industry whose products of bottles and jars are distributed all over the United States. The local Zanesville man primarily responsible for the growth of this industry is Charles Orrin Stewart, now secretary and general manager of the company.

Mr. Stewart was born at Zanesville, January 7, 1877, son of Cornelius and Martha (Leasure) Stewart. His parents were born and reared in Muskingum County. His paternal grandfather, Lewis Stewart, was a native of New Jersey, and became a farmer in Falls Township of Muskingum County. Cornelius Steweart likewise was a farmer, and also a dealer, buyer and shipper, of horses, and a man of activity in the public affairs of Zanesville. He served as a soldier in the latter part of the Civil war, and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church. He died in 1912, at the age of sixty-five, and his widow is still living at Zanesville.

Third in a family of four children, Charles O. Stewart attended the public schools of Zanesville until he was thirteen and since then has been making his own way in the world. After a brief period as clerk in Brendel's Shoe Store he became an employe of the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad, remaining there ten years, beginning as messenger boy and working up to chief rate clerk. For two years after leaving the railroad he was rate clerk and traffic manager for the Eastern Tube Company of Zanesville.

In 1904 he joined the Kearns-Gorsuch Bottle Company. This business had been established and incorporated in 1893, but it was still a modest plant when Mr. Stewart entered its service as bookkeeper and office manager. In 1906 he was promoted to secretary, and he has been a factor in the rapid growth and development of the industry during the past twenty years. The company is now a $500,000 corporation, and it is known as the Kearns-Gorsuch Bottle Company division of the Hazel-Atlas Glass Company of Wheeling. The offices and works are at 126 Market Street, and plant No. 2 is at Ridge Avenue and the Terminal Railway. This company manufactures flint glass bottles and jars of all kinds, and in normal periods it has on its pay roll 800 workers. Consequently it is a business that contributes directly to the general welfare and prosperity of Zanesville.

Mr. Stewart is also a director in the Muskingum Coffin Company, the Clossman Hardware Company, and is a stockholder in the Zanesville Bank & Trust Company and the Old Citizens National Bank. During the World war he was a member of all the local committees for raising funds, and was a member of the War Service Committee of the Glass Manufacturers' Association of the United States. He has for three years been a director in the Glass Container Manufacturer' Association.

Mr. Stewart is a director of the Chamber of Commerce and the Zanesville Manufacturers; Association, belongs to the Zanesville Golf Club, the Zane Club, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Amity Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, the Zanesville Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, Zanesville Council, Royal and Select Masters, Cyrene Commandery, Knights Templar and Aladdin Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

On June 20, 1906, at Zanesville, he married Miss Florence Neely, a native of Morgan County. Her father, Thomas Neely, is a substantial farmer and merchant at Neelyville, in Morgan County. Mr. Stewart is a member of St. James Episcopal Church. They have two children, Louise Neely and Charles Thomas.


History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925, Volume III