ALBERT W. NEWBY.
Albert W. Newby, who is successfully engaged in farming on section 3, Hilyard township, was born on a farm north of Carlinville, August 7, 1877. He is a son of Charles W. and Alma J. (Lash) Newby, the former of whom was born in Morgan county, Illinois, October 9, 1848, and the latter in Macoupin county. The father came to Macoupin county when settlers were few and far apart and for more than fifty years has actively engaged in agriculture and stock-raising. His farm adjoins that of his son. Mr. and Mrs. Newby are the parents of eight children, seven sons and one daughter, all of whom are now living. Their names are as follows: Albert W., of this review; William C., who makes his home in Kansas City, Missouri; Clara A., who is living at home; Charles E., of Macoupin county; Harry, of South Dakota; and George, Roscoe and Frank, all of whom live at home.
In the district schools of Macoupin county Albert W. Newby received his early education. Later he possessed advantages of attendance at the public schools of Plainview. As he grew to manhood he assisted his father upon the home farm and continued so doing until after arriving at maturity. He now engages in farming on his own account and has made a success of it, being known as one of the wide-awake and progressive agriculturists of this section. He and his family occupy a comfortable home, provided with all the modern conveniences, and his farm is one of the attractive features of the landscape. It is kept in excellent order and through his industry and good management yields a handsome annual income.
On the 5th of September, 1901, Mr. Newby was married, at Alton, Illinois, to Miss Mattie Kubecheck, who was born on a farm north of Carlinville. Her father, Frank Kubecheck, was born in Bohemia, as was also her mother. They came to America seeking more favorable conditions than they found in their native land and made their home for a time in St. Louis. Later they located in Macoupin county, where the father engaged in farming. He was also a carpenter, having learned his trade in his native land. In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Kubecheck were three children, one son and two daughters, and two of the children are now living. The parents are both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Newby three children have been born, namely, Albert L., Howard W. and Alpheus J.
Mr. Newby is an earnest member of the Methodist church and in politics adheres to the republican party. He has never sought the honors of office, as his time and energy have been devoted principally to his family and his farm. As an intelligent member of the community he performs each duty according to the best of his ability as it arises and in the discharge of his responsibilities recognizes his obligations to his state and to his fellow men. He possesses strong social instincts and is admired for his sturdy character and his unselfish devotion to the interests of those with whom he is associated.