ROHRER, NEWTON BELL, a retired farmer of high standing, whose home is in Waverly, Morgan County, Ill., was born on his father's farm in that county, August 16, 1856, the son of Albert and Jane C. (Knowles) Rohrer, natives of Illinois and Indiana, respectively. (See sketch of Albert and Jonathan Rorer, father and grandfather of Newton B., preceding, in this volume.)
In boyhood Newton B. Rohrer received his elementary mental training in the public schools and supplemented this by a subsequent course in the Jacksonville Business College, from which he was graduated in 1878. Shortly afterward he bought a farm situated about a mile northeast of Waverly, on which he carried on farming with profitable results for sixteen years. This property he still owns, but since 1896 has resided in Waverly, his sight having become impaired to such an extent as to necessitate his withdrawal from active business. For about fifteen months he served as clerk for the Waverly Milling Company. Since his retirement from Agricultural pursuits he has devoted considerable attention to the real estate and mortgage loan business.
On March 17, 1880, Mr. Rohrer was united in marriage with Ella Summerfield Crain, a daughter of the late John A. Crain, of Waverly. On political issues, Mr. Rohrer's opinions are in harmony with the policies of the Democratic party. His religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he officiates on the Board of Trustees. In fraternal circles, he is identified with the A.F.&A.M., being a member of Waverly Lodge, No. 118, and of Hospitaler Commandery, No. 31, K.T., Jacksonville; is also affiliated with Linton Lodge, No. 401, K. of P. He is a man of strict probity, and as a member of the community is enterprising, public spirited and progressive.