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Newport Celebrates 140th




The village of Newport will celebrate the 140th anniversary of the coming of the first settlers to Newport with a homecoming event that will begin at noon on Sunday, July 3, when a community dinner will be served at the Greene Tavern. Former residents of Newport and out-of-town friends are expected and the occasion is planned to bring together old friends and for renewal of friendship and acquaintances.

            A display of antiques assembled from homes of the Newport community will be on display at the Greene Tavern and a committee of hostesses will be in charge to welcome all who wish to see the display.

 Union Service

            On Sunday at 7:30 p.m. there will be a union service at the Methodist Church. Rev. R. O. McRae of the Edwin Ray Church of Indianapolis, Ind., will be the principal speaker. He is a descendant of a pioneer family of Newport. Special music will be a feature of the program to be given under he direction of Miss. Ethel Hays. During this service, Misses Betsey Dana, Betsey Greene, Mary Gale, Betty Hood, Francis Riddle, Hattie Hays and Margaret Single will pay tribute to the memory of early families of Newport including the Danas, Greenes, Battelles and others, and will also speak of the early churches and schools and of Newport’s military record.

            A very interesting program is arranged for July 4 when plans for social gatherings have been prepared. They are expected to be more enjoyable than the traditional Newport Picnics of former years.

 Settled in 1798          

            Newport had its beginning 10 years after the Marietta settlement. At the regular meeting of the Court of Quarter Sessions in Marietta in 1798, a distinct township, “All that territory lying east of the western boundary of the Seventh Range,” was set apart and named Newport Township. This included what is now the eastern third of Washington. Six townships, including Newport Township, were within its original boundaries.

            The Danas and the Greenes share the honor of having made the first settlement in what is Newport. Both came in the same year, 1798. William and Luther secured a large tract of land, and erected the first log houses. The brothers were sons of Captain William Dana, Revolutionary War soldier, who settled in Belpre.

            William Dana placed his cabin near what is now called Milltown, where he built the first mill. Luther Dana built his house on a part of the farm that is now the Adkins home, just above Newport village.

 Moved From Belpre

            [John] Greene and his family came to Newport about the same time. Greene built his log house on what is now the Greenwood farm. The Greene family lived previously at Belpre. Daniel Greene built the first brick house in Newport and one of the first in the Ohio Valley, in 1808. The house had been in the Greenwood family for several generations. It is now the home of Mrs. Carrie Greene Greenwood, widow of Junius Greenwood, and their son William C. Greenwood.

            Prominent among the early families of Newport, several of which were connected with the original pioneer families of Marietta, were the Battelles, the James B. Greene family, the Adkins family, the Christopher Greene family, the Holdrens, the Woods, the Haskells, the Fergusons, the Kerrs, the Littles, the Barkers, the Crees, the Gales, McElHinneys, Reas, and Ganos.