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P. P. Newhart

P. P. NEWHART has been identified with the interests of Cherokee County since 1882.  He was born October 27, 1854 and is a son of M. W. and Sara A. (Roe) Newhart.  The father is a native of Pennsylvania and a miller by trade; the mother is a native of the State of New York. In 1864 the parents removed to Ford County, Illinois; there the subject of this biography grew to manhood, receiving the training usually bestowed upon a farmer's son, and the somewhat limited advantages afforded by the public schools.  He lived upon his father's farm until he came to Cherokee County and bought a farm of eighty acres in section 27, Liberty Township.  There he has since resided, making good improvements and placing the land under cultivation.  He has erected a comfortable dwelling, and has three acres of fine grove; all the surroundings show signs of prosperity and judicious management on the part of the owner.

Mr. Newhart was married September 6, 1882 to Miss Mattie Zinn, daughter of William Zinn, Esq.  She was born in the State of New Jersey, but was reared in the State of New York.  Three children have been born to Mr. Newhart and wife:  Bessie M., Claire and Wilbert.  Mr. Newhart adheres to the principles of the Democratic party.  He has served as township trustee, and as justice of the peace; he is a member of the School Board, has served two terms as assessor, being the present incumbent of the office, and has acquitted himself with much credit and to the satisfaction of the public.  He is a member of the I.O.O.F., Lodge No. 542, Gibson City, Illinois.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Newhart are respected members of the Christian Church and are worthy of the esteem and confidence in which they are held by a large circle of acquaintances. 

 Source: Biographical History of Cherokee County, IA, W. W. Dunbar & Co Publishers, 1889

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