WILLIS OSCAR NEWCOMB - The lives of famous men are inspiring, but it is to the experience of the successful
men of our own walk in life that we look for concrete, practical aid. The career of the late Willis O. Newcoxnb,
of Whitney Point, New York, furnishes proof in a convincing manner that it is not necessary to go far afielu from
the place of one's nativity to win success. He achieved a leading place in his chosen field of endeavor close by
the town where he was born. The factors of his success are to be found, not in his environment, but in the man's
own sterling character and winning personality.
Mr. Newcomb was born November 3, 1846, in Willet, New York, son of Samuel and Emma (Tyler) Neweomb. Samuel Newcomb
was an industrious and progressive farmer, and after his son completed the schooling afforded by the district schools
of the township, he began the training which later brought him his success. He was a very deep thinker and a broad
reader, and every modern method was introduced on his farm. He engaged very extensively in business as a dealer
in livestock, and throughout the county, Mr. Newcomb was known and esteemed as a worthy and useful citizen. During
his lifetime he was a meinber of the Presbyterian church, and was frequently called upon to serve on committees
requiring men of judgment and acumen.
Mr. Newcomb married, at Whitney Point, New York, November 10, 1874, Mary L. Seymour, daughter of George
Whitfield and Mary (Freeman) Seymour. They were the parents of four daughters: 1. Ethel, a talented pianist
who spent many years in Europe studying music, and also appearing on the concert stage. She has recently completed
a most interesting book on the life of "Leschetizky, the Great Master." One of the many interesting facts
about Whithey Point is that it has become a musical center through the efforts and teachings of Miss Neweomb. Pupils
from all over the world have recognized her ability as a teacher ef music, and during the summer they come to Whitney
Point to benefit by her lessons. 2. Marie Louise, wife of Charles Rogers, a mining engineer, of London England,
and South Africa. 3. Clive Seymour, formerly a mining engineer of Mexico City and New York. who died in 1921. 4.
Elizabeth Tyler (Newcomb) Clinton, a sketch of whom appears on following page. 5.
Marjorie Freeman, who married Roscoe H. Finch, of St. Paul, Minnesota, junior member of the firm of Finch, Van
Slyck & McConville.
Binghamton and Broome County
Editor in chief: William Foote Seward
Libarian for the Binghamton Public Libraey
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York and Chicago, 1924
Broome County, NY
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