Alta Almeda Chance

3 December 1877–23 January 1939 (Age 61)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Alta Almeda

When Alta Almeda Chance was born on 3 December 1877, in Iowa, United States, her father, Joseph Chance, was 40 and her mother, Sarah Catherine Findley, was 35. She married Robert Henry Stewart on 4 December 1895, in Monroe, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Albia, Monroe, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Bluff Creek, Monroe, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 23 January 1939, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Osborn Cemetery, Lovilia, Monroe, Iowa, United States.

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Robert Henry Stewart
Alta Almeda Chance
Marriage: 4 December 1895
Earl Leo Stewart
Lelah Pearl Stewart
Alva H. Stewart
Walter Andrew Stewart
Lennie Alfred Stewart
Grace Leata Stewart
Lillian Bernice Stewart
Lester Doran Stewart
Chester Loren Stewart

Spouse and Children

4 December 1895
Monroe, Iowa, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Nancy Jane Chance


    Sarah Isabella Chance


    Israel Robinson Chance


    William Sylvester Chance


    Mary E. Chance


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 7

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 19

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old French chea(u)nce ‘(good) fortune’ (a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’, Latin cadere), a nickname for an inveterate gambler, for someone considered fortunate or well favored, or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck.2 Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alta Stewart, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Alta A Stewart in household of Robert H Stewart, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Almeda Stewart in household of R H Stewart, "United States Census, 1900"

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