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Mary A. (Chamberlain)(Newell) Johnson, children Agnes and Arthur Newell, Frank and Lura Johnson

Mary A. Chamberlain, age 20, daughter of Samuel F. and Abigail T. Chamberlain, married Arthur C. Newell born at Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire about 1840, son of William H. Newell and Olive Newell, on Janaury 11, 1872 in New Durham, Strafford County, New Hampshire.
(Arthur had married Jennie S. Hayes in Rochester, New Hampshire in 1868..)

Biography of Arthur C. Newell member of the Class of 1864 at Dartmouth College

In 1880 Strafford County, New Hampshire, Arthur is a physician and druggist, 41, Mary A. 29, with Agnes 1.

(St. Joe was surveyed and platted in 1881 by Joe Skelton, and for a few years was an enterprising little burg. The post-offices of Bunker Hill and Lincoln Valley were discontinued, and that of St. Joe established. In 1884 the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad was built through the west part of the county, and the town of Phillips located. The post-office at St. Joe was then removed to Phillips, and most of the buildings of St. Joe followed. Major Skelton purchased the lots which had been sold, and July 7, 1886, the commissioners on petition of Mr. Skelton, vacated the town, and it became a part of that gentleman's farm.)

A 1906 history of New Hampshire Association of Military Surgeons describes:

Arthur Clark Newell, M. D. Late of Long Pine, Neb. (12 N. H. V.)
Newell, Arthur C. Co. B; b. Barnstead; age 23; res. Barnstead, cred. Barnstead; enl. Aug. 30, '62; mustered in Sept. 1, '62; as Priv.; tr. to Co. G, 11th N. H. V. See 11 N. H. V. and Miscel. Organizations. (Record, Ayling's Register, 1895, p. 634.)

(11 N. H. V.)
Newell, Arthur C. Co. G; b. Barnstead; age 23; res. Barnstead; enl. Aug. 30, '62; must, in Oct. 25, '62, as Priv.; disch. Aug. 9, '64; Ft. Covington, Ky., to accept promotion. See 12 N. H. V. and Miscel. Organizations. (Record, Ayling's Register, 1895, p. 585.)

(Miscel. Organizations.)
Newell, Arthur C. U. S. A.; b. Barnstead; age 25; res. Barnstead; app. Medical Cadet July 25, '64. for 1 yr.; disch. May 12. '65, to accept promotion; must, as Asst. Surg. 18 Ohio Inf. May 19, '65; must, out Oct. 9, '65. Died, Dec. 17, '84, Long Pine, Neb. See 11 and 12 N. H. V. (Record, Ayling's Register, 1895, p. 1068.)

Surgeon Newell was born in Barnstead, N. H., May 2, 1839, and was the son of William Hill and Olive (Dennett) Newell. He received his preliminary education in the common schools of Barnstead and the academies at Pittsfield and New Hampton, and was two years in Dartmouth College. He commenced the study of medicine with Dr. John Wheeler of Pittsfield, in 1862, and continued the same with Jonathan Smith Ross, M. D., surgeon of the Eleventh New Hampshire Volunteers. He attended medical lectures at Dartmouth and the Cincinnati Medical College and was graduated from the latter in 1865. This Cincinnati Medical College is one of the oldest medical colleges in Ohio, and one from which, occasionally, New Hampshire men have been graduated for a long period ; the late Dr. Gage was a graduate of that college, in 1837.

Dr. Newell commenced the practice of medicine in South Barnstead, where he remained only a few months, removing to Gonic village, remaining there for a few years, and was afterwards, for nearly ten years, in the town of Farmington, N. H. ;[Farmington, population 2063 in 1870, had "D.T. Parker, A.C. Newell, apothecaries and fancy goods."
from there he removed to St. Joseph, Mo., and after a short period removed to Long Pine, Neb., where he died December 18, 1884, and was buried in St. Joseph, Mo. [THIS MIGHT BE ST. JOE, NEBRASKA.] He was a member of the New Hampshire and Strafford District Medical Societies, belonged to the Masons, Odd Fellows and other fraternal societies, and while in Farmington he was a member of the school committee.

His military service was first a private in Company B of the Twelfth New Hampshire, in which he enlisted August 30, 1862, but was immediately transferred to Company G of the Eleventh Regiment, from which he was discharged August 9, 1864, at Fort Covington, Ky., to accept promotion. It was during his two years' service in the Eleventh Regiment that he gave attention to the study of medicine under the direction of Surgeon Ross. Prior to being mustered out of the Eleventh Regiment, he was appointed medical cadet for one year, and was discharged May 2, 1865, to again accept promotion. He was mustered in as assistant surgeon of the Eighteenth Ohio Infantry May 18, 1865, and remained with the regiment until October 9, 1865, when he was mustered out of the United States service.

Surgeon Newell was twice married: first, to Jennie Hayes of Gonic, N. H. ; second, to Mary, daughter of Samuel Chamberlain of New Durham, N. H.

Three children, two of whom are living: Agnes and Arthur Newell.

January 21, 1899

April 1, 1899 "A telegram came from San Antonio, Texas, Thursday morning announcing the death of Mrs. F. D. Johnson, and the news has cast a general feeling of gloom over the community, for Mrs. Johnson was known and loved by all. She, with her daughter, Miss Agness Newell, went to Texas in January, hoping that under the mild skies of the southern climate she might at least alleviate the evils of consumption, which had already assumed an alarming form. Her friends here could hardly hope for her recovery and were partly prepared for the news of her death. Miss Newell has been a faithful attendant at the side of her mother during all her latest sickness.
One of the saddest features of her death is the fact that she was so far from her husband and home that it was impossible to got word to Mr. Johnson in time for him to reach her before she passed away. The remains will be brought to Wray and interred in the cemetery here Monday afternoon.
A full obituary notice will be given next week."

Mary is buried in Wray # 64261823.

In 1900 Wray, Fred D. Johnson is widowed, born April 1860 in Maine, a ranchman. Frank S. was born January 1890 in Colorado, Lura A. Decembeer 1893 in Colorado. Elen J. Dalyrimple Nov 1849 in Wisconsin is a servant.


In 1898 the Wray Rattler reported "Arthur Newell left yesterday for Fort Collins to resume his studies at the State Agricultural College.  Orran Vaughn will also attend and take a commercial course.  This school is one of the best of its kind in the United States and has turned out some of the finest scholars in the State."

In 1900 Wray, Arthur G. Newell born April 1883 in Nebraska, father in New Hampshire, is at school.
He's living alone.

June 23, 1900 "Mrs. Dalrymple has gone to the ranch to reside, and her position in the Johnson home is being filled by Art Newell." [maybe taking care of invalid mother?]

October 1900 "Arthur Newell has been elected Captain of the Agricultural College foot ball team."

October 1901 Fort Collins "A large crowd of classmates and college friends were at the college depot Tuesday afternoon to bid goodbye to Arthur G. Newell who left for Wray, Colorado, where he will engage in business as a proprietor in a well paying lumber yard. Art will be missed at the college. He has been with us for four years and has won for himself a popularity which has worn well."

May 1903 "Arthur Newell is down from Denver looking after his interest this week."

Beulah's mother was married twice - 1st on 12 Dec 1883 to a Dillard Haney Bass and 2nd to a Joel Alfred Terrell on 4 Jun 1889. Beulah was born in 1884 and sister Viola in 1886. Beulah's father remarried in 1899 to an Anna Pickel.

In 1900 Fort Morgan, Beulah Terell born October 1884 in Arizona and sister Viola November 1886 in Arizona are nieces of Edward L. Gay Dec 1867 New York and Maude October 1872 Missouri.
Edward Gay 1866-1937 is buried in Clarkdale Arizona # 18120433.
January 4, 1908

In 1910 Cochise County, Arizona, Arthur is 27, born in Nebraska, with Beulah 26 Arizona. Marjorie is 5, born in Colorado. Arthur is a railroad fireman.

(Beulah was in Greenlee County, Arizona in 1920, now married to Louis Burtch, 44. James Burtch is 19, Margaret Burtch 16. Marjorie Newell 15 is with them.

Arthur G. Newell married Annie Beach Prickett on May 26, 1913, recorded in Denver.

Nellie Beach Newell was born in El Paso November 4, 1914 to Arthur G. Newell and Annie C. Beach, dying as Nellie Kingston.

December 1915 Fort Collins "Arthur Newell and family have removed to Boulder to make their home, in order to be closer to Mr. Newell's work, he being engaged in tungsten mining at Nederland."

Mary Newell was born May 2, 1916 in Fort Collins, dying Sept 14, 1997 as Mary Reinhart.

January 1918 Fort Collins

December 1918 Fort Collins " Mrs. Arthur G. Newell will come from Arizona to attend the funeral of her brother Thomas Beach Jr."

In 1920 Cochise County, Arizona, Arthur is 37, Annie B. 36 born in Colorado, with Nellie B. 5 Texas, Mary W. 3 Colorado, and Betty 1 Texas.
So they moved around a lot.

1923 Fort Collins
Arthur Garfield Newell, a retired Southern Pacific engineer, born April 25, 1882 in Nebraska, to Dr. Arthur C. Newell and Mary A. Chamberlin, died in El Paso Texas August 24, 1963, informant Nellie N. Kingston, to be buried in Restlawn Memorial Park.

El Paso Herald-Post, August 26, 1963.

" Funeral services for Arthur Garfield Newell who died Saturday, will be held tomorrow at Montana Avenue Chapel.

Mr. Newell, of 49 Half Moon drive, was 81, and had been a resident of El Paso for 50 years. He was a retired engineer with the Southern Pacific. He was a 32nd degree member of the Masonic Lodge, a lifetime member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and a lifetime member of El Maida Shrine, and of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen. He was a member of Paso Del Norte Unit No. 64 of the National Assn. of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Annie Beach Newell, of El Paso, five daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Howell of Los Angeles, Mrs. Nellie N. Kingston and Mrs. Betty J. Deming, both of El Paso, Mrs. Mary A. Reinhart of Albuquerque, and Mrs Lucy Ann Newby of Denver Colo, a son, Arthur George Newell of Sunnyvale, Calif., two sisters, Mrs. S. A. Coston of San Diego, Calif, and Mrs Walter M. Ainslie of Beverly Hills, Calif., 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. PALLBEARERS will be A. T. Ash, Claude F. Crocker, J. Frank McDonald, A. A. Harp, L. M. Meece, R. L. Barnes, Harry Nations, Boyde Stowe, Adoiph A. Stoy and C. A. Bull. Members of the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employes will serve as honorary pallbearers. Burial will be in Restlawn.


November 10, 1972 El Paso
Mrs. Annie Beach Newell, 39, of 49 Half Moon Dr., passed away Wednesday. She had been a resident of El Paso 59 years, and was the widow of the late A. G. Newell.
Survivors are her daughters, Mrs. Nellie N. Kingston, El Paso, Mrs. Betty Deming, El Paso, Mrs. Mary A. Reinhart, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mrs. Lucy A. Newby, Wichita, Kan. Son, Arthur G. Newell, Sunnyvale, Calif., 10 grandchildren, and 12 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Kaster, Maxon & Futrell Restlawn Chestnut Chapel, with Rev. Clyde officiating. Pallbearers, Howard K. Deming, John D. Deming, Richard A. Reinhart, Robert N. J. Reinhart, & Franklin L. Reinhart, Stephen P. Newby, Anthony Newby. Interment in Restlawn.


September 18, 1997, Albuquerque
Mary Reinhart, 81, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, September 14, 1997. Mary is survived by her sons, Dick Rein-hart and wife, Linda, and Tony Reinhart and wife, Geri; daughter-in-law, Sharla Reinhart; grandchildren, Mike Reinhart and wife, Lainie, Steve Reinhart and wife, Kristie, Traci Bailey and husband, Mark, Brian Reinhart, Lisa Reinhart, Joe Reinhart and Leslie Ulery; great-grandchildren, Ryan and Temple Reinhart, Toby and Amber Ulery; sister, Nellie Kingston; brother, Bud Newell and wife, Coral; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph S. Reinhart; her son, Bob Reinhart; and her sisters, Betty Deming and Lucy Newby.
Fascinated by the changes she had seen during her life, Mary was always enthusiastic to learn about the lives of those around her. She maintained the motto: "Always think for yourself and try not to judge others until you have walked in their shoes." Believing education was of the utmost importance, she funded numerous academic scholarships at the University of New Mexico in memory of her loving husband.
When asked what her greatest accomplishments were, she merely smiled and said: "I was a wife, mother, a grandmother, and great-grandmother." Mary will be missed.
In respect of Mary's wishes, she will be cremated, followed by a family gathering. Rather than a formal service, her friends are invited to celebrate Mary's wonderful life at her home at 9405 Augusta Dr. NE 87111, on Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In 1926, Franklin Lafayette Newby was awarded a 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite.
Franklin 1871-1934 is buried in El Paso # 147305263.

Franklin Lafayette Newby III was born September 16, 1942 in El Paso to Fanklin Lafayette Newby, Jr. and Lucy Ann Newell.

August 1963 "F. L. Newby, San Francisco, has been named sales coordinator for the California Oil Co., an affiliate of Standard Oil Company of California.
His appointment was announced by C. M. Toiler, vice president and general manager of marketing here for the California Oil Co. Mr. Newby, a native of El Paso, Texas, and a graduate of Texas Western University, started his career with Standard Oil Company of California's affiliated Standard OH Company of Texas in 1935. Before moving to Denver, he was in marketing division of StanCal at San Francisco.:

One tree said Lucy Anne Newell Newby died June 14, 1997 in Houston, Texas, and that Franklin born October 30, 1917 in El Paso, died July 30, 2003 in Wichita, Kansas.


December 1953 El Paso
More than half a century of service in the Finance Office at Ft. Bliss is represented by the records of Mrs. Lydia S. Kelley of the civilian payroll section; Mrs. Lillian M. Aschoff of commarcial accounts; and Mrs. Nellie N. Kingston disbursing division.
Bugles sounding for Cavalry horse shows in Howze Stadium, pay vouchers mailed out for depression era CCC Camps, pay checks written for the late Maj. Gen. Innis P. Swift and others whose names were destined to be headline news - these are only a few of the interesting memories of three employees of the Ft. Bliss Finance Office. Mrs. Nellie N. Kingston of 1155 Elm street, Mrs. Lillian M. Aschofl of 2601 Alabama street, and Mrs. Lydia S. Kelley of 3308 Tularosa street all started work in the Finance Office during the middle 1930's-Mrs. Kingston in 1934, Mrs. Aschoff in 1935, and Mrs. Kelley in 1937.
The weather-beaten but still sturdy Finance Office near the old "street tar gate" on the post was newer then. "I recall dropping pennies into the concrete poured for the base of the first vault in the building, "Mrs. Kingston said . "I and other employees went up to the unfinished second story and walked across the rafters to drop the coins down into the hardening concrete. During the dark days of the depression years, the Finance Office handled payroll payments for 110 Civilian Conservation Corps office camps scattered through the Southwest. Those were hectic times for the Finance staff. Each check was required to be mailed so that it reached its destination by the time his postman made his regular round on a specific day of the month. If the checks were delayed en route, or for any reason were a few hours late, the office would be deluged with letters demanding, "Where is my check?"
The Cavalry post days had pleasant aspects, too, the women said. "The Finance Office looks out toward Howze Stadium, and the music of the Cavalry's bugle calls drifted in through the open windows. On occasions the Finance Office staff was excused from duty to attend the horse shows which were noted events in El Paso's social calendar. That, of course, was in the peaceful days before Pearl Harbor.
With the War years, Ft. Bliss entered a period of tremendous expansion. Payrolls for thousands of Antiaircraft Artillerymen replaced those for the Cavalry gone overseas. Almost overnight Logan Heights became a sprawling training area and the Main Post was crowded to capacity. Paying for all these changes and expansions was the giant job of the Finance Office. In addition to the swift tempo of office activity, bond drives and other wartime projects kept finance office employees busy during their off-duty hours. The office had its own "war bond queen" during one of the drives. Army and civilian employe payrolls, large as they are, are only a part of ihe work of the finance office. A second task is paying the Army's commercial bills—for everything needed for the equipment and running of the post. A third important phase of finance office work is paying for the Army's huge construction program —not only at Ft. Bliss and in the adjoining area but also for the projects of the Army's Albuquerque district engineer from as far away as Wingate Ordnance Depot. As its duties have grown, so has the staff of the finance office. In 1934, five cilivians were employed, along with military personnel. There are now 83 civilians in addition to military personnel, engaged in finance activities. Mrs. Kingston, who holds the seniority in years of consecutive service in the office, is now chief of the disbursing division and the administrative unit of the office.

FindaGrave # 141878109 says he was born at St. Joe, Hamilton County, Nebraska.


In 1900 Agnes is a school teacher in Conejos County, Colorado, born September 1878 in New Hampshire, a lodging with the Ralph Walls family.

Semer was in the University of Colorado law school in 1901.

June 12, 1903
Mr. Semer Costan and Miss Agnes Newell were married Tuesday evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Johnson; Rev D. C. Cowan officiating. Quite a number of invited guests were present. The happy couple left for a trip to Denver and the mountains on No. 3 , Wednesday morning."

Semer is the brother of WilliamCoston, the Wray Rattler publisher.

In 1920 Semer and Agnes are in Boulder. He's an oil driller.

Agnes and Semer are in Los Angeles in 1930, where he manufactures and sells oil machinery. He's 54, born in Missouri.

They're in San Diego in 1940, both work at publishing a monthly magazine.

Semer, born September 10, 1875 in Missouri, died January 15, 1945 in San Diego County, mother Farris.

May 16, 1947 Maryville, Missouri " Omaha Neb. where she resided. The body will lie in state at the Puce funeral home from 10 o'clock Saturday morning until the hour of the service. Born June 13, 1888, at Maryville, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Blilcy ol Olson Gram City, is deceased. The children include John F Barbci, Smithville, Mrs. C. C Knepper and Mrs H. P Botkm, Skidmorc; Mrs J W Zook, Kansas City A A Barber. Burhngwii Junction . Mrs Anderson Maryville; Mrs/ Ccuil Brown, Wray, Coloado, and Frank Barber, Vernon, Colorado. She has twenty grandchildren, three of whom are deceased, and fifteen great-grandchildren. Mrs. Barber has one half-brother, William B Coston. Wray, Colorado, and a half-sister, Mrs. Viola Bell of Long Beach Calif. A half-brother, Semer A Coston of San Diego, died about two years ago. The Costons and Mrs. Bell were reared in this community."

April 27, 1953 Arizona Republic "Services for Mrs. Alice Berndt, a frequent Phoenix visitor, will be held Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont. Mrs. Berndt died in Great Falls Phoenix Scottish Rite, a past patron of the Phoenix Eastern Star, and a life member of the Knights of Pythias. daughter, Mrs. Albright, both of Phoenix; sons, Herbert R., San Diego, Calif., and Fred J., Oceanside, Calif.; and sisters, Mrs. Everett Johnson, and Mrs. Semer A. Coston. both of Denver; and Saturday, according to her daughter, Mrs. Glenn A. Fox, of 112 E. Marlette...four grandchildren."

September 18, 1969 Arizona Republic

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