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By Mrs. Crissy Newton

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Bevis O. Newton was born in Newton County, Texas, in 1908, the son of Wade and Emma Newton, who were also from Newton County. Mr. and Mrs. Wade Newton moved to Nederland about 1920, where they operated the Newton Hotel and rooming house at 1146 Atlanta for many years. Mr. Newton died about ten years later.

Wade and Emma Newton were the parents of two sons, Bevis O. and Harry H. Newton, and two daughters, Cecille and Mary Frances, all of whom graduated from Nederland High School. Mary Frances married Johnny Konecny, who was Nederland's coach and history teacher in 1935.

Following graduation from high school, Harry Newton went to work for Sun Oil Company, and he and his wife, Merle, lived on Spring Street until Harry's death. Bevis Newton worked for Pure Oil Company for about twenty years. He then left that company, and followed construction work for another twenty years until he retired.

On December 24, 1935, Bevis Newton married Crissy Kaper, daughter of John and Minnie Kaper of 403 Fifteenth Street in Nederland. Captain John Kaper, a native of Holland, sailed for many years before he joined the Sabine Bar Pilots Association. He and Minnie Kaper resided in Sabine Pass until the 1915 storm drove them to Nederland, where they bought the former home of J. William Barr and where they resided until their deaths.

Bevis and Crissy Newton built their first home at 323 Fifteenth Street, next door to her parents. About 25 years ago, they moved their old home away and built the blond brick home in which Crissy Newton still resides.

Bevis and Crissy Newton were the parents of two sons, Bevis O. Newton, Jr. and John Wade Newton. Bevis, Jr. died in 1955 of leukemia, a childhood disease he struggled with for many years. He died at the age of eighteen.

Bevis Newton, Sr. was a thirty-second degree Mason. After a few years of retirement, he died in 1981, survived by his wife Crissy and son John Wade. As of 1991, his sisters are still living, Cecille in Houston, and Mary Frances Konecny in Bryan, Texas.

Deceased members of the Kaper and Bevis Newton families are either interred or entombed at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.

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