Biography of John F. Newton
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

John F. Newton was born in London, England, February 12th, 1840. When ten years old ran away from home and came to the United States; after a short stay in the states of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, succeeded in coming west. He first learned the printer's trade at Prescott, Wisconsin. He worked later on the Minnesotian at St. Paul. Came to Hastings in 1860 and worked on the Conserver until 1861, then enlisted in Company B, Sixth Wisconsin Infantry, and served until mustered out at Central Park hospital, at New York, during the fall of 1863. Returning to Hastings, he worked at his trade on the Hastings Democrat; subsequently clerked in the auditor's office three years. Kept a restaurant two years, and in 1871, was chief of police. In 1875, was elected police justice, which office he held until elected sheriff of the county in 1878. Married in 1866, Ella Ware, a native of England: John E. and Margaret L. are their living children.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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