Grafton Illustrated: 1882-1982 A 100 Year Look at Grafton, ND
Stewart Cairncross Bio - pg 33
Stewart Cairncross: born in Scotland
Alcie Blair Cairncross: born 1841 in Ohio
1881: Spring, located in Grafton on the advice of his friend James J. Hill; about 40 years of age; purchased one of the first lots on the platted townsite; erected a store building on northwest corner of Hill Avenue and Fifth Street; freighted merchandise by teams and wagons from boats docked at Acton.
1881: August, Mrs Cairncross arrived with their five children. Their conveyance from Grand Forks an open lumber wagon; gave birth next day to first white child born in Grafton, a boy named Grafton Cairncross.
1882: Purchased lots 1, 2, 3, Block 10 original townsite and built a home. Lived there for 33 years, on the SW corner of Griggs and Fourth.
1883: Retired from the dry goods business.
1914: Mrs Cairncross died at age 73 years.
1915: Home site sold.
1918: Mr Caircross died in Grafton.
Descendants include a daughter, Alice, who married William Graham, son of Dr. W.J. Graham, who came here in 1884 and established a general practice in connection with the Elephant Drug Store owned by Otto Krogstad. Daughter, Jessie, who married Fred Walston and lived in Park River. Their daughter Priscilla, married J.C. Overbye, a longtime automobile dealer in Grafton.
**NOTE: I am not related to the persons listed. I do not live in North Dakota. I do not own the book. Thank you.