4525-47a Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 6Z6
In 1902, in what is now Red Deer County, pioneering brothers Norman and Tom Stewart obtained a $600 loan to start a machine agency. That business – called Stewart Brothers and later Stewart Supplies (Penhold) Ltd. transitioned through three generations of family, from farm machinery to lumber and building supplies, and served Central Alberta’s settlers, farmers, and contractors for more than 100 years.
Stewart Ford is a Penhold, Alberta-based retired businessman and philanthropist. The third and last generation of one of Central Alberta’s earliest businesses, Stewart Brothers (later Stewart Supplies), he worked in the family business for fifty-one years, running it for 25 of those. He served on the Metric Commission of Canada and is the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal and Queen’s 60th Jubilee Medal. With his wife, Eileen, he founded the Ford Family Scholarship for the Penhold Crossing Secondary School.
Through stories, archival documents, and more than 250 images, Stewart Ford's book, Stewart Brothers: An Alberta Family Business History, relates the history of the business and gives insight into the development of the province, the lumber and building supply industry in Alberta, and the author’s life.