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Biography of Samuel F. Newhard

SAMUEL F. NEWHARD. – This venerable and esteemed citizen of Union county and resident of Lagrande is one of the worthy pioneers that hewed a way into the regions of the west and left a trail where others might follow to reap the good and that had been tapped by these hardy and intrepid predecessors. From the first days when he pressed the sod in this county until the present he has been in the vanguard of progress and his efforts have brought many dollars of wealth to the county, and his wise counsels have aided materially in shaping the way for the welfare of all, being the promoter and discoverer of the famous hot lake, where thousands have been cured and relieved from the ills of the flesh. In Pennsylvania, in the year 1830, the subject of this sketch was born, and seven years later he came with his parents to Ohio, where they remained until the time of their departure from earth’s trials. When Samuel F. had reached the age of his majority, he inaugurated independent action for himself in the arena of life’s struggles, and it was as early as 1852 that he turned from the home scenes of the Buckeye state and sought the west for the fortune that he believed awaited him here, and to take his part in opening up for the tread of the white man the pathless wastes of the comparatively unknown Pacific slope. He traveled down the Ohio by boat to St. Louis, thence on steamboat to the Missouri, and up that to Kansas City, where he outfitted, and the...

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