Lewis Warren Newcomer

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Lewis Warren Newcomer

Birthplace: Elmore, OH, United States
Death: May 23, 1939 (77)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jacob Newcomer and Suzanna Newcomer
Husband of Ada Belle Newcomer
Father of Edna (Peg) Ellen Toncray; Irving Albert Newcomer; Susan Hollinshead; Stanley Jacob Newcomer and Daisy Bell Saunderson
Brother of Alice S. Doty and [-?-] Newcomer
Half brother of William H. Thompson

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About Lewis Warren Newcomer

From "History of Monroe County Michigan", 1890


"LEWIS W. NEWCOMER, a merchant of Strasburgh, Raisinville township, was born at Elmore, Ohio. Nov. 6, 1861; was married to Ada Rouch, Oct. 1, 1884; she was born in Ida, Jan. 31, 1863. They have one child, Irving A., born July 18, 1885. He has a general store, and is station agent of Strasburgh."


I think Lewis's story is best told in the long, detailed obituary that was published in the Monroe Evening News on May 23, 1939 on page one.

"BUSINESS LEADER DIES L. W NEWCOMER, 77, DIED EARLY TODAY OF HEART AILMENT Pioneer in Paper Industry Here Had Been Ill Several Months Headed Monroe Bank Since Its Reopening Co-founder of Binder Board Firm in 1904; Later With Consolidated

One of Monroe's pioneers in the paper industry and a community leader, Lewis W. Newcomer died at 4 a.m. today of myocarditis at his home, 44 East Elm Avenue. He was 77 years old. For many years a merchant here and in the county, Mr. Newcomer later helped found a local paper mill, served as treasurer of the Consolidated Paper Company since its formation in 1921, and as president of the Monroe State Bank since its reorganization in 1932. In addition he was active in the Methodist church and in civic organizations until recent years, and his counsel was widely sought on community affairs.

Since his return from Florida, April 15, Mr. Newcomer had been in failing health. As had been his custom for the last six years, he had spent several months with Mrs. Newcomer t the family winter residence at Miami Beach. Death came to him quietly this morning, with members of the family present. (Funeral service information omitted - dk)

Mr Newcomer's early business experience was gained in the butter and egg produce business which developed into a commission produce business. Later he became associated in a clothing store business and in 1904 organized the Monroe Binder Board Company with the late L. W. Leathers. They operated the business until 1921 when it became consolidated with the Boehme and Rauch Company to form the present Consolidated Paper Company. In the merger, Mr. Newcomer became treasurer and a director and has served continuously since.

Mr. Newcomer was born in Elmore, Ohio, on November 6, 1861, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Newcomer. He had one sister, Alice, who became the wife of George Doty of Monroe and the mother of Sheriff Harry Doty. She is now deceased. When Lewis was 4 years old, Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer moved their family to Raisinville township where Lewis continued to live until his marriage. He attended the Raisinville district school no. 8 and then the Monroe high school. Later, he taught at the Raisinville school for five years.

He married Ada Belle Rauch, daughter of Henry and Mary Rauch of Ida, on October 1, 1884. Mr. Rauch was in the mercantile business in Ida. The wedding ceremony was preformed by the Rev. Mr. Gramley, at the time pastor of the First Evangelical Church in Ida. Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer began their married life in Britton where Mr. Newcomer had purchased a half interest in the general store of his brother-in-law, the late E.C. Rauch, who was president of the Consolidated Paper Company for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer lived in Britton slightly less than a year when they came to Monroe and Mr. Rauch and Mr. Newcomer engaged in the butter and egg produce business.

The partnership was dissolved after a short time and Mr. Newcomer owned and operated a general store in Strasburg for ten years before moving to Toledo when he bought the J. M. DeMuth commission and produce business. A year later, in 1895,when Mr. Rauch became a partner in the Boehme and Rauch Company, Mr. Newcomer purchased his brother-in-law's clothing business in Monroe and maintained branch clothing and shoe stores in Clinton and Dundee for a time.

Nine years after returning to Monroe, Mr. Newcomer and Mr. Leathers formed the Monroe Binder Board Company and his entry into the Consolidated Paper Company followed. Both Mr. and Mrs. Newcomer have been long active in the work of St. Paul's Methodist Church. Mr. Newcomer served as presidnet of the board of trustees for many years and Mrs. Newcomer taught a Sunday School class. Mr. Newcomer is a life member of the Monroe Country Club, though inactive in the club in recent years. He served as treasurer of the Monroe Industrial Commisssion for eight years. His lodge affiliation is with the blue lodge F. and A.M.

In addition to his wife, Ada Belle, Mr. Newcomer is survived by five children. They are: Irving A. Newcomer of Monroe; Mrs. Jason (Daisy Belle) Saunderson of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. Millard (Edna) Toncray of Gross Pointe; Mrs. Melvin (Susan Mary) Hollinshead of New York City and Stanley J. Newcomer of Monroe. There are 12 grandchildren.

The Newcomer house in Monroe in 1904 was the White residence at the corner of Macomb and Front streets where they lived until October 1914, when they built the present home on East Elm Avenue. The family also has a summer home at Bolles Harbor."

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Lewis Warren Newcomer's Timeline

November 6, 1861
Elmore, OH, United States
July 18, 1885
Age 23
November 10, 1889
Age 28
Monroe Charter Township, Monroe, Michigan, United States
Age 28
December 25, 1897
Age 36
Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, United States
May 23, 1939
Age 77