LESTER SMITH NEWTON
The county of Siskiyou is fortunate in having at the head of its school system a man of the ability and character of Lester Smith Newton, who has served as county superintendent for the past six years, rendering effective and appreciated service. Mr. Newton was born on the 3rd of January, 1878, at Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, and is a son of D. L. and Frances (Smith) Newton. The father, who had worked in sawmills in Wisconsin during his early years, came to California in June, 1900, and located in Hornbrook, where he established a livery business, which he successfully conducted to the time of his death, which occurred in 1909. To him and his wife were born five sons, all of whom are living, as follows: L. H., was is engaged in the sawmill business at Happy Camp; C. P., who is a paperhanger and house decorating contractor at Oakland, California; Morton E., who is employed in the shoe department of a large store in Santa Barbara, this state; Glenn D., who is engaged in the real estate business in Oakland, and Lester S. Lester S. Newton attended the grade schools of Wisconsin and the high school at Ashland, Oregon; and, having decided to devote his life to the profession of teaching, he entered the State Normal School at Ashland, Oregon. He completed his normal work in the State Teachers’ College at Chico, California, from which he was graduated in 1901. During the following two years he taught school in Siskiyou County, after which he taught in Portland, Oregon, for seven years. He was then appointed to a position in the city engineer’s office, where he served until 1918. Coming then to Hornbrook, California, he managed a hotel for two and a half years, after which he went to Ashland, Oregon, where he engaged in ranching for a year and a half. He lost money at that business and then took charge of the stage route from Hornbrook to Happy Camp, which he conducted for two years. He then received the appointment as supervisor of grammar schools in Siskiyou County, which position he held for twenty-seven months. On March 1, 1924, he was elected superintendent of schools for Siskiyou County and was reelected in 1930 by a greatly increased majority, a reward in a measure for having conducted a clean and honorable campaign. He is a man of high ideals in both educational and civic matters, has proven an able and successful educator, and stands deservedly high in public esteem.
In 1909 Mr. Newton was united in marriage to Miss Edith Frances McCrary, whose father Robert McCrary, was a miner at Hamburg, and died at the age of forty-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Newton are the parents of two children, Edwin, who is at home, and Dorothy, who is the cashier at the Broadway Theater in Yreka. Mr. Newton supports the Republican Party and is a member of the Masonic order, belonging to the lodge, chapter and council of the York Rite at Yreka. Hunting and fishing are his favorite outdoor sports.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 452-455. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.