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Rush County, Indiana
Genealogy and History

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Centennial history of Rush
County, Indiana
Edited by A. L Gary and E. B. Thomas
Rushville, Ind.
In Two Volumes


SAMUEL R. NEWHOUSE, of Jackson township, was born in the township in which he now lives on December 19, 1857, the son of Lewis J. and Mary (Hackelman) Newhouse, both of whom were born in Rush county. Lewis Newhouse followed farming during his active life, mostly in Jackson township, and at one time was the owner of 320 acres of land in this township. Of the nine children born to himself and wife, but five are now living, namely : Pleasant A., Alfred M., Harvey M., Alice M. and Samuel R., the immediate subject of this sketch. Samuel R. Newhouse received his education in the Kining school in Jackson township and then for three years worked on the home farm. Upon his marriage, in 1881, he bought 140 acres of land in Center township, on which he located and farmed it for eight years. He then sold that place and moved to the farm where he now lives and which comprises 195 acres. He has also bought the old home farm of 219 acres, thus giving him total real estate holdings of 414 acres. Of this, he cultivates all but 120 acres, which he rents. He carries on a general line of farming operations, raising all the crops common to this locality, and also gives considerable attention to the fattening of hogs for market, feeding about 200 head annually. He is thoroughly practical and up-to-date in his methods and keeps his property in first-class repair, its general appearance indicating the owner to be a man of industry and good taste. On March 1, 1881, Mr. Newhouse was married to Mary I. Kirkpatrick, a native of Rush county and the daughter of James B. and Malinda (Newhouse) Kirkpatrick. Her father was a lifelong farmer and a substantial and influential man in his community. He was the father of eight children, of which number five are living, Amanda, John E., Samuel, William and Mary I. To Mr. and Mrs. Newhouse have been born seven children, namely : Lewis B.. a farmer in Jackson township, who married Jennie Brooks; Oscar E., who is a farmer in Rushville township and who married Josie Brooks, who died in February, 1920, leaving one child, Roscoe; Goldic M. Carrie (deceased), Essie M., Clarence W. and Richard S. Mr. Newhouse is a Republican in his political views and, fraternally, he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Rushville.