Notes for Walter Sutliff NEWTON

Was a farmer

Per Walker's "Stockport" book, pages 62-63:
"In 1825, Walter was born. A celebration was held on his 91st birthday in 1916
and his reminiscences were printed that year in the Herald:

'He can remember well when there were no houses nor indications of a town at
either of the little villages of Stockport or Pennsville. When a boy of ten or
twelve years of age [1830s] he hoed corn on land now occupied by the
prosperous town of Stockport ... What education Newton has was mostly
acquiured in a little one roomed, log school house near where Stockport now
stands. The writing was done with goose quill pens. The fire was in a large
open fire place. The wood was donated and hauled by patrons of the district
and at noon and recesses the large boys of school cut it up. ...[W]hen he was
a small child only two or three years old they had bear meat cooked, and he
with the rest of the family ate of it. ... He can remember when the entire
Ridge from what is now Seal Barnhart's farm to Bailey's church was covered
with woods. In his childhood days the old Muskingum flowed unmolested by dam
or bridge. ... He has waded the river many a time. When the dams were put in
[1836-1841] he worked at getting timber for them, receiving eight dollars per
month wages. Eggs were sold at 2 cents per dozen and at times could not sell
them at all. The corn for the family bread was often ground in a little
handmill. A few years later the corn was taken to Wolf Creek griest [sic]
mill. The wheat was threshed by means of a flail or by trampling it out by
hourses on a barn floor. It was cleaned and fanned with a sheet.'

Unfortuately he does not mention where the school house was located (probably
at Big Spring), where the Indian trail ran, or even his Eveland neighbors;
however, on June 7, 1849, he wed Catherine Eveland, who no doubt grew up on or
near the site of Stockport. The issued 12 children and the rest is Newtonian
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