Biography of Frederick W. Newcomb
Decatur County, IA Biographies





Frederick W. Newcomb is a member of the firm of Foreman, Teale & Company, of Lamina, who in addition to dealing in farm implements of all kinds have the agency for the Ford automobile and also retail flour and feed and who likewise buy and sell real estate. The birth of Mr. Newcomb occurred in Adams county, Iowa, on the 25th of March, 1876, and he is a son of Ralph and Adelina Cecilia (Perry) Newcomb, early residents of Iowa. In 1897 our subject removed to Decatur county and engaged in the lumber business for a number of years. He became interested in the implement trade many years ago but upon selling the lumber business returned to the farm and remained there for a time. On again taking up his residence in Lamoni he became a member of the firm of Foreman, Teale & Company, which was established in 1902. They carry a large and complete assortment of agricultural implements, are also agents for the Ford automobiles and handle automobile accessories and for more than a year have dealt in real estate, buying and selling outright. They also maintain a retail flour and feed department and the various phases of their business are all prospering. The success of the company is due in no small measure to the business experience and sound judgment of Mr. Newcomb and the careful attention which he gives to the conduct of the affairs of the firm. They employ two or three men steadily and their trade is constantly increasing.

Mr. Newcomb married Miss Fannie Lyons, of Adams county, Iowa, a daughter of W. S. Lyons, an active and prominent business man of Corning, who was at one time county clerk, and who is now one of the largest dealers in grain, flour and feed in his section of the county. Mrs. Newcomb was reared and educated in Adams county and by her marriage has become the mother of three daughters, Harriet Adeline, Dorothy Louise and Elizabeth Jane, all residents of Decatur county.

Mr. Newcomb is a democrat and has been a member of the city council and has also served on the school and park boards. He is also a trustee of Graceland College at Lamoni and is one of the stalwart friends of that growing institution. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church and for many years he served as superintendent of its Sunday school. He is an unusually well informed man, as he had excellent educational advantages in his youth, being a student in Simpson College, and as he has throughout his life read widely and observed closely. His advice and opinion carry weight and he is generally a leader in movements whose aim is the betterment of the community along material, moral or civic lines.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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