Newton Mansfield, Lt. Commander U. S. Navy, retired, is a prominent and highly esteemed citizen of Ashland,
where he was born Sept. 18, 1873. He is the son of M. H. and Anna (Saiger) Mansfield.
M. H. Mansfield was born in New York City, Dec. 1, 1821, and died in Ashland, in 1880. His wife, a native of Mifflintown,
Pa., born May 16, 1828, died in 1898. Mr. Mansfield was left an orphan at an early age and was reared by a family
in Baltimore, Md. For a time he also lived with the family of Governor Patterson of Pennsylvania. He came to Ohio
in 1849 and located in Ashland, where he became interested in the manufacturing of clover hulling machinery, his
factory being located on the present site of the Ohio Public Service Building on Main Street. Mr. Mansfield was
a Democrat and a member of the Lutheran Church. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield: 1.
John F. S., born Oct. 23, 1848, died March 14, 1852. 2. Martin William, born Nov. 19, 1850, died Sept. 25, 1908.
3. Cloyd, born Aug. 7, 1852, died April 16, 1926. 4. Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 19, 1854, died May 25, 1922. 5.
Annabel, born Oct. 3, 1856, died Jan. 19, 1912. 6. Howard Arthur, born Sept. 2, 1859, died March 18, 1863. 7. Edwin,
born Jan. 9, 1861, lawyer, lives at Mansfield, former judge of the Common Pleas Court. 8. Margaret Portia, born
Jan. 13, 1863, died Feb. 7, 1889. 9. Myra, born July 31, 1865, resides in New York City. 10. Henry, born Nov. 16,
1868, died March 5, 1925. 11. Newton, the subject of this sketch.
Newton Mansfield attended the public schools of Ashland and later entered the United States Naval Academy. He was
graduated from the Academy in 1895 and went to sea on the U. S. S. Amphitrite, but was soon transferred to the
U. S. S. Maine, on which he served for two years, having left that boat eight months before it was blown up by
the Spanish fleet. Upon his return from that two year cruise he was commissioned as assistant engineer in the U.
S. Navy, and ordered to serve on the U. S. S. Detroit, and later the U. S. S. Dixie, being stationed on the latter
during the Spanish American War. He saw active service throughout the entire war period and later was ordered to
the Philippine Islands. He was ordered home, however, in 1900 on account of ill health, and when he rejoined the
service he was stationed on the U. S. S. Solace for service in China, serving on that vessel for one year in Chinese
waters. Later, he was ordered to take command of the gunboat U. S. S. Leyte for four months, after which he took
command of the U. S. S. Mariveles during the Philippine insurrection. His next appointment was on shore duty at
Shelby, Ohio, as a United States Navy inspectdr at the tube works, inspecting engineering materials in the district
west of Pittsburgh, Pa. In 1903 he was again ordered to sea as chief engineer of the U. S. S. Scorpion and served
in South American waters for one year. He then returned home and served as chief engineer on the U. S. S. Dixie
during a European trip of one years duration, after which he was appointed chief engineer of the U. S. S. Columbia
in the Atlantic Fleet. In 1906, due to ill health, he returned home, and was given a one and one half year leave
in New Mexico, being retired from the service on July 1, 1907. He spent the following year in Colorado, and from
1910 until 1912 engaged in private engineering work in Ashland. He then spent five years in Tennessee, where he
was engaged in the building of locks for the government on the Cumberland River. He returned to active duty in
the Navy in 1917 and was stationed at Pittsburgh, Pa., as a recruiting officer of the Western Pennsylvania District.
He was transferred to the New York Metropolitan District in 1918, and was later made inspector of recruiting of
the Eastern Division, the largest division in the United States. He returned to Ashland in 1919 and has since been
identified with private engineering projects in Ohio and Indiana. During the year of 1921 he built a chemical plant
on the Ohio River at Syracuse, and the following year went to Monticello, Ind., where he was engineer in the building
of a hydro electric plant and dam across the Tippecanoe River. During 1924 Mr. Mansfield repaired the Ashland City
Reservoir, and the following year built a theater at Steamboat Springs, Cob., for the Perry Mansfield Company,
which company he is still identified with. He also does general engineering work for the Dr. Hess & Clark Company.
On July 12, 1898, Mr. Mansfield was united in marriage with Miss Norene Stockman, of Shelby, Ohio, the daughter
of George B. and Elizabeth (DeLong) Stockman. The former was born at Loudonville, Ohio, and died in 1915. The latter,
a native of Butler, Richland County, Ohio, died in 1912. Both are buried in Ashland. To Mr. and Mrs. Mansfield
were born three children: 1. Brook Stockman, born at Shelby, April 23, 1899, a graduate of the United States Naval
Academy, Annapolis, Md., class of 1919, now a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy, attached to the U. S. Naval War College
at Newport, R. I. He married Miss Ruth Wile, of Wooster, Ohio, and they have a son, Malcolm Brook. 2. Norene, born
March 16, 1901, attended the Maryland College for Women, married H. Marshfield Clark, of Ashland, a sketch of whom
appears elsewhere in this history. 3. Virginia, born June 4, 1905, a graduate of Ashland High School, is an accomplished
dancer, having traveled on the Loew, Keith, and Paramount circuits.
Mr. Mansfield is a Democrat, and belongs to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, past commander of Harry
Hogan Post, and Ashland Country Club. He is secretary and treasurer of the Ashland Community Chest, and is a member
of the board of trustees of Samaritan Hospital. He has also served as a member of the Ashland School Board. He
is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and also a member of American Society of United States Naval
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
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