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In 1869 Robert B. Newlon bought land on section 1. He was a native of Indiana, but when an infant was brought by his parents to Edgar county, Ill., where he was educated and trained to farm work. In 1853, being then a youth of fifteen, he took a six-months' overland trip to California. For the following three years he engaged in the livery business and in mining, and after he had reached Illinois, via Nicaragua, he had an experience of several years as a drug clerk. While thus employed in Hancock county, Mr. Newlon joined the Union army, in April, 1861, under the the three-months' call, but in May re-enlisted for three years in the Sixteenth Illinois Infantry. Before the expiration of his long term he had participated in the battles of New Madrid, siege of Corinth, Stone River, Lookout Mountain and siege of Nashville, being wounded in a skirmish before the last named city. Mr. Newlon was honorably discharged at Chattanooga, and returned to Dallas, Hancock county, where he was married and remained until he removed to this township. While a resident of the Illinois county he assisted in the organization of the Republican party in that section of the State, and was intimately acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. After settling in Noble township ten children were born to Mr. Newlon.

From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 212.

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