Newton family grave marker
A family stone for Abiather Newton also memorializes his two wives in life, including Lydia Newton. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on April 8, 1898, in the Corvallis Gazette, Page 3, Column 4.


Lydia P. Newton, born in Waldo county, Maine, aged 75 years, 7 months and 4 days; united in marriage with Solomon Dodge, who was drowned in Shoalwater bay in 1863. On April 2, 1871, she was united in marriage with Abiather V. Newton, who died October 27, 1892. The deceased has resided since that time in her present home. At an early age she became a member of the Baptist church, but united with the M.E. church after coming to Corvallis. Her quiet and consistent christian life ever winning the affection and esteem of all who knew her. After a long season of great suffering she departed this life to be with Christ, April 3, 1898. The funeral service was conducted at her residence April 5th by Rev. M. Noble, in presence of a large crowd of sympathizing friends, to whom the thanks of the bereaved family are extended for all their kindness to them in this hour of deep sorrow.

A stone that reads “Lydia” marks the spot of Lydia Newton’s final resting place. (Photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)