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From: "Rich" <>
Subject: James H. Newton, Wilmington, 1900
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 22:01:39 -0400

The Deerfield Valley Times--Reunion Edition, Wilmington, 1900

James Hale Newton

James Hale Newton was born in Hubbardston, Mass., in 1832. He was educated
at Dartmouth College,

graduating in the class of '59. Having had considerable experience as a
teacher, both previous to and during his college course, he was elected
principal of the Thomas Street grammar school of Wor­cester, Mass., and
remained at the head of this institution for five years.

In 1864 he relinquished teaching and went to Holyoke where he joined with
his brothers in organizing the Hampden Paper Co. His special field was the
organization and financing of manufacturing enterprises. As early as 1872 he
was elected one of the directors of the Third National Bank of Springfield,
Mass. In the same year he assisted in the organization of the Mechanics
Savings Bank in Holyoke, of which he was chosen president and held that
position for twelve years.

Since 1884 he has been president of the Home National Bank of Holyoke, of
which he was the main promoter. He is also connected as officer and
di­rector with several other large busi­ness corporations in Holyoke.

Mr. Newton is a man of strong men­tal grasp; at once a student of financial
and municipal problems and a man of affairs.

In 1863 he married Susan W., daugh­ter of Calvin Taft of Worcester, Mass.
Mrs. Newton died June 23, 1900. She leaves beside her husband, one daughter
and three sons.

Mr. Newton spends several months each year at his country home, '' Beaver
Brook," which is one mile east of the village.

Richard G. Boyd

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