The grave site of Gamaliel G. Newton, former Benton County commissioner, who died in January 1915 at age 75. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on Jan. 4, 1915 in the Daily Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 4.

Aged Pioneer, One
Time Commis-
Sioner, Father of
Clerk Newton.


G. G. Newton, father of County Clerk Newton, died at the home of his son-in-law, G.W. Cooper, 708 south Sixteenth street, last Saturday evening, January 2, 1915 about 7:30. He was aged 75 years, 1 month and 25 days, and was a victim of general debility incident to old age. The funeral service will be held at the Cooper home Tuesday at 11 a. m., Rev. J. C. Rollins officiating, after which the remains will be interred In Mt. Union cemetery on the Philomath road, more commonly known as the Newton cemetery.

Since 1850, until about a year ago, Mr. Newton had lived on his farm of 375 acres four miles west of Corvallis, a rather long residence on one spot. He was born In Licking county, Ohio, on November 1st, 1839, and came to Oregon in 1848 with his parents. They resided for a year on the “Billy” Knotts property north of Corvallis, then a year in the Bellfountain country, finally locating on the place southwest of Corvallis. Mr. Newton was a quiet, unassuming man, but of decisive character, and identified favorably with the history of the county. He was elected county commissioner in 1884, and had no tendency to public life. In 1862 he married Miss Susan Wood, daughter of Rev. Jesse Wood. She survives him, together with two sons, E.J. and Alva A., of Corvallis, and four daughters: Mrs. G. W. Cooper, Corvallis; Mrs. Diana McCoy, of Oakdale, Wash.; Mrs. Mary Slayton, Prineville, and Mrs. Robert Herron, of Irish Bend. A brother, Jasper Newton, lives at Kaslo, Canada, and three sisters are Mrs. Keziah Rayburn, of Philomath; Mrs. Cynthia Johnson and Mrs. Mahala Bohannon, of Corvallis.

Mr. Newton was a strong character, a good man, and raised a family well and favorably known. Out of respect to County Clerk Newton, County Judge Malone has arranged that all officials at the court house shall be free of their duties between the hours of 10 and 11 o’clock tomorrow, the time of the funeral.