Charles E. Newcomer. In the same Township where he was born and reared, Franklin Township, Charles E. Newcomer has spent his active life as a tiller of the soil, has gathered many crops through the consecutive seasons, and is directing a large and valuable farm in section 8, where he has his home and where his family of children are growing up around him.

Mr. Newcomer was born in Franklin Township May 12, 1873, a son of George and Barbara (Van Horn) Newcomer, the former a native of Columbiana County, Ohio, and the latter of Allen Township, Noble County, Ohio. George Newcomer came to DeKalb County with his parents, grew up here and after his marriage settled in section 29 of Franklin Township. Some years ago he and his good wife retired from the farm and are now living at Waterloo. He is a democrat and is a member of the Masonic Order. Of the seven children six are still living: Charles E.; Lona, unmarried; Mary M., widow of John Brown; Arnie, who occupies the old homestead; Elmer, also of Franklin Township; and William, of that Township.

Charles E. Newcomer spent his boyhood days alternately attending school and working in the fields and about the home. He married Effie Mann, a native of Franklin Township. They have a family of five children: Marion, born June 22, 1897; Harold, born January 16, 1900; Howard, born December 23, 1901; Grace, born October 25, 1903; and Gladys, born November 30, 1907. The four older children are all graduates of the common school and all are still in the home circle.

Mr. Newcomer is affiliated with Lodge No. 701, Free and Accepted Masons, Royal Arch Chapter No. 106, Council No. 83, Royal and Select Masters, and he and his wife are members of the Eastern Star Chapter. He is a past grand of the Odd Fellows and a member of the Grand Lodge and is a past chief patriarch of the Encampment. Mrs. Newcomer is a past grand of the Rebekahs. Politically Mr. Newcomer affiliates with the democratic party. He is a member of the Hamilton Grange. His farm in Franklin Township comprises 200 acres and he has it well equipped and well stocked with good grades.

Mrs. Newcomer was born in Franklin Township August 8, 1876, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Curry) Mann. Her father was born in Stark County, Ohio, in 1838, and came with his parents to Franklin Township in 1839. His wife was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, in 1840 and came to DeKalb County when a young lady. They were married March 24, 1864, then lived in Franklin Township one year, spent a year in Missouri, and after that lived in Franklin Township the rest of their days. Mr. Mann was a democrat in politics. There were two children : Almeda, deceased wife of Adam Hamman, and Effie E., Mrs. Newcomer.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)



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