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.
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.