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Robert Newberry is a young business man of Northwestern Oklahoma, a homesteader in old Woodward County, and for the past six years cashier of the Speermore State Bank.
The Speermore State Bank was established March 14, 1910, at Speermore in Harper County, but on October 7, 1912, was removed to Laverne, when the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railroad was built. This is one of the flourishing financial institutions of Harper County, has a capital stock of $10,000 and deposits of about $90,000.
Robert Newberry was born November 3, 1877, on a farm in Montgomery County, Illinois, a son of Charles H. and Elizabeth (Rarer) Newberry. His father was born in the same county of Illinois June 24, 1852, and spent his active career as a farmer and breeder of blooded stock. In 1900 he removed to Oklahoma, locating on Government land in what is now Ellis but was then Woodward County, 3*4 miles south of May. His death occurred there June 2, 1904. In 1872 he married in Montgomery County, Illinois, Miss Elizabeth Rarer, a daughter of George Rarer, a native of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Rarer was born in Ohio, January 7, 1855, and died September 27, 1904. She was a woman of education and devout in attention to her religious duties. She became the mother of six children, three sons and three daughters, namely: Ella, deceased; Robert; Bertha B., now an expert stenographer at Oklahoma City; the fourth child, a daughter, died in infancy; Ray E. is now a bookkeeper at Wichita, Kansas; and the sixth child, a son, died in infancy.
Robert Newberry received his early education in the public schools of Irving, Illinois, and spent his youth on a farm. Coming to Oklahoma with his parents in 1900 he located a claim in Ellis County, and while improving it and getting a start in an agricultural way he wrote insurance. In 1910 with L. L. Stine and others he organized the Speermore State Bank, of which he became cashier and has since been its chief executive officer. Thus the flourishing condition of the bank stands to the credit of his ability and financial judgment.
On August 14, 1910, in Harper County, Oklahoma, Mr. Newberry married Miss Mabel Hopingardner, a daughter of Charles A. and Ida May (Woodmansee) Hopingardner, who were natives of Michigan. Mrs. Newberry was born August 17, 1889, in Harrison County, Missouri, and came to Oklahoma with her parents in 1901. For two years prior to her marriage she was a teacher in Ellis County. Mr. and Mrs. Newberry have three children, one son and two daughters: May Elizabeth, born August 25, 1911; Walter B., born July 2, 1913; and Roberta B., born November 3, 1915. All are natives of Harper County. Politically Mr. Newberry is a republican and several times has filled minor local offices in Ellis County. he is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Oklahoma Consistory No. 1 at Guthrie and also affiliates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Modern Woodmen of America.