YUBA COUNTY Biographies
DAVID I. NEWMAN
Among the men who have worked their way to comfortable success in the West with little to aid them save their own pluck and good judgment, is David I. Newman, who resides on his model fruit ranch near Oswald Station. He was born near St. Joseph, Mo., November 14, 1854, the fifth in a family of eleven children born to Alfred T. and American Ann (Burcham) Newman. Alfred T. Newman was born in Kentucky and after his marriage removed with his wife to Missouri, where he farmed. He became a very prominent citizen, serving as justice of the peace, and also taught school in that part of the State. During the Civil War he served as deputy warden of the State penitentiary at Jefferson City. David I. Newman was reared in Osage County and recalls Price’s raid and other startling events of that time.
David I. Newman had very little opportunity for an education; in his youth he plowed the fields with an ox team or helped in other ways during the hard times in the latter part and following the close of the Civil War. Near Climax Springs, Mo., on September 1, 1878, he was married to Miss Sarah L. Burks, a native of Missouri, daughter of William Warren and Louise (Short) Burks, born in Tennessee and Illinois, respectively. The parents were successful farmers in Miller County, Mo. Mrs. Newman began teaching in the Missouri schools at nineteen years of age and followed her profession for three years there. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Newman settled on a ranch and remained there for two years; then they went back to Benton County and homesteaded 160 acres of land and after six years of hard work proved up on it. In 1887 they removed to Moscow, Stevens County, Kans., where they farmed on leased lands; but the hard work and low prices forced them to leave this part of the county.
In 1906 Mr. Newman came to San Francisco, Cal., where he worked for his son at the carpenter’s trade; in 1907 he sent for his family; and early in 1908 they located in Sutter County. The first year he worked for wages; and the following year he invested in ten acres of land, the present home place, which he set to cling peaches. Eight children have blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Newman: Alfred W., deceased; Evan P., an ex-service man, now engaged as a building contractor in Berkeley; Mrs. Sadie Ann Brenneman, deceased, who was survived by two children, a son, Ralph C. Main of the U.S. Marines, by her first husband, and a daughter, Doris Mae Brenneman; Mamie L., who died in infancy; Leroy B., an ex-service man residing in San Francisco; Rev. Emmett G., an ex-service man, now a minister in the Christian Church in Eugene, Ore., and the father of two children; Ada B., Mrs. Nelson of Sutter County; and Letitia, the wife of J. H. Seymour of Sacramento. There are nine grandchildren in the family circle. Mr. Newman is a Republican in politics; and fraternally he has been identified for twenty-two years with the Modern Woodmen of America. For the past thirty years Mrs. Newman has worked unfalteringly for the cause of temperance and, as a member of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, has accomplished much for the cause of prohibition. Since thirteen years of age, Mrs. Newman has been an active member of the Baptist Church; and Mr. Newman has been identified with that faith since he was twenty-six years of age. Upon the organization of the First Baptist Church at Yuba City, Mr. Newman was chosen deacon and trustee; and he also served as a member of the building committee. Mrs. Newman has been an active member of the Barry Ladies’ Aid for fourteen years, of which she is an ex-president; and she is also a member of the American red Cross.
History of Yuba and Sutter Counties, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, 1924
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