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NEWLAND, Isaac W. - 1912 Bio (1853-1935)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 9/25/2007 at 15:46:54

History of Jefferson County, Iowa -- A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement, Vol II, Published 1912, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 234-236


Among the highly successful agriculturists of Jefferson county who are now living retired must be numbered Isaac W. NEWLAND, who is a descendant of one of the pioneer settlers. He was born on his father's homestead in Des Moines township, this county, on the 21st of January, 1853, and is a son of Jacob and Angeline (COMBS) NEWLAND. His father was a native of Adams county, Ohio, and of American extraction, the great-grandfather, John NEWLAND, having been born in New York, the mother however, although a native of Pennsylvania, was of Irish descent. Jacob NEWLAND in his early manhood moved from his native state to Iowa, locating here during the early pioneer period. He settled in Des Moines township, where for a time he made his home with Tobias Moore, until in a position to begin farming for himself. Later he purchased a forty acre tract of prairie land in this township, and after placing upon it some crude buildings that sufficed for his immediate needs began its cultivation. Not being fully satisfied with conditions as he found them, he subsequently went to Missouri, but after a year's residence in the latter state decided he could not improve upon his Jefferson county holding, so returned. He diligently applied himself to the cultivation and improvement of his farm with the unremitting energy that ever characterizes the ambitious young man, whose principal asset in life is his determination. Farming in those days was little more than drudgery, this being prior to the advent of the modern agricultural implements, by means of which it is possible to perform in a few hours tasks that formerly required many days of laborious toil. Despite the discouragements and misfortunes that ever assail the pioneer in any country, Mr. NEWLAND by reason of his persistence gradually achieved success. As he was able from time to time he extended the boundary of his farm until he had acquired the title to two hundred and forty acres of fertile land, all of which he had under cultivation, and thirty acres of timber. He always made his home on this farm, that stood as a monument to his many years of toil and endeavor, and there he passed away in 1884, the mother surviving until the 3d of October, 1889, when she was laid to rest beside her husband. By the union of Mr. and Mrs. NEWLAND there were born eight children, of whom our subject is the eldest; in order of birth the others are as follows: Henry, who is a farmer of Wapello county, Iowa; Frances, the deceased wife of Ezra WINSELL, a farmer of Goodland, Kansas; Dorcas, the wife of George McBRIDE, a farmer of Van Buren county, Iowa; Miriam, who married Charles McBRIDE, a farmer of Des Moines township; Nancy, who makes her home with her sister, Mrs. Charles McBRIDE; Noah, who died when a child; and George, a retired farmer of Libertyville, Iowa.

Practically the entire life of Isaac W. NEWLAND has been spent in Des Moines township, whose scenes are endeared to him by the associations of his boyhood and youth as well as those of his later manhood. Reared on his father's farm he first attended district No. 2 school in the acquirement of his education, but later went to Beach school, both in Des Moines township. In common with other lads of that period he was early assigned duties about the home, while as he grew older his summer vacations were largely devoted to assisting his father in the work of the fields. After attaining his majority he began farming for himself, but remained a member of the parental household until he was twenty-four years of age. After his marriage he bought forty acres of land, that he subsequently sold, continuing to buy and sell, always benefiting thereby, until he is now the owner of two hundred and forty acres of excellent land, all under cultivation, located on sections 9, 10 and 15, and forty acres of timber on section 19. He has retired from the active work of the fields and is renting his farm, but he and his wife are still living in their old homestead.

On the 23d of September, 1877, Mr. NEWLAND completed his arrangements for a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Frances KEIM, a daughter of Louis and Jane (PEEBLER) KEIM, the father a native of Pennsylvania of German extraction, while the mother was born in Missouri of American descent. Mr. KEIM, who was a carpenter by trade, devoted the greater part of his active life to agricultural pursuits. Upon their arrival in Iowa he and his wife first located in Jefferson county, where they resided for many years, then went to Union county, this state. Disposing of their interests there a few years ago they removed to Missouri, and have ever since made that their home. To Mr. and Mrs. KEIM were born three sons, all of whom are successful agriculturists, and four daughters: Charles, who is a resident of Decatur county, Iowa; Frank, who is living in Shannon City, this state; Ellis, who is a resident of Wray county, Missouri; Mrs. NEWLAND; Emma, the wife of Lyman FOLZER, a farmer in the vicinity of Osceola, Iowa; Kitty, the wife of John BOWMAN, a farmer of Missouri; and Jennie, who married Ed WOODS, a farmer living near Powersville, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. NEWLAND have one son, Elmer R., who graduated from the Medical College at Keokuk, Iowa, and is now engaged in the practice of his profession at Drakesville, this state. He married Miss Grace KNIGHT, a daughter of Zack KNIGHT, a farmer of Wapello county, Iowa.

Mr. NEWLAND is not a member of any religious denomination, but his wife belongs to the Dunkard church of Des Moines township. In his political views he is a democrat, but is not strictly partisan, having of recent years more and more frequently cast his ballot in support of the man he deemed best qualified to serve the people and their highest interests. Mr. NEWLAND is widely acquainted not only in Des Moines township but throughout Jefferson county, where he has many friends who have known him from childhood, their loyalty paying tribute to the character of this man, who is held in the highest esteem by all who ever came in contact with him.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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