Saturday, March 10, 2012

Newton Turpin, #18 -- Better Known as Tom Turpin

Tom and Mamie Turpin

Robert Newton Turpin’s last son was named after him.  Newton was born on 13 April 1890 in Mariaville in Rock County, Nebraska.  In his youth he was known as Newtie.  As an adult, he was known as Tom. 

His father Newt died when Newtie was three years old and his mother Mary Ellen remarried in 1902.  The family eventually relocated to Dundy County in southwestern Nebraska where Tom grew up.  Tom married Mamie Armstrong about 1921.  She was born 3 December 1899, the daughter of Lyman B. “Billy” and Lela Armstrong.  Mamie’s father was a grocer in Haigler.  Tom and his step-father James Estlack were meat cutters.  So even though Haigler was a small town, it seems very likely that Tom and Mamie became good friends through their families and the grocery business.  Together they raised three children:  Billy, Donna, and Thomas Newton. 

During World War I Tom registered for the draft.  He stated on his registration form that he had been working as a butcher and meat cutter for his step-father.  When he had completed his military service, he returned home to Haigler.  He was a member of American Legion Post No. 19 and the World War I Platte Valley Barracks.  

Tom was a meat cutter for 30 years.  The 1930 census reported that Tom was engaged in farming in Dundy County also.  About 1942, Tom and Mamie moved to Fort Morgan, Colorado where they resided until their deaths.  Mamie died at a young age after suffering with a heart ailment for many years.  She died at home in Fort Morgan the day before her birthday, on 2 December 1945 according to the Haigler (Neb.) News.  Newton died 3 May 1969 in Fort Morgan, Colorado according to his own obituary in the Benkelman (Neb.) Post & News-Chronicle.  Tom and Mamie are buried at the Haigler Cemetery.

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