Houston Herald (Houston, Missouri) September 21, 1899 Page 4
Newton Morrel Swank was born in Ohio. In his early life he was a merchant in Ohio; he moved to Bellville, Iowa, with his father; from there they moved to North Missouri where he farmed quite extensively, and bought and sold stock. He was a shareholder in the Dane Manufacturing establishment where he was a heavy loser when the company failed. He served a number of years as a bridge contractor and builder. He traveled over 13 states as a United States Marshal. He resigned his marshalship after his marriage to Sarah O. Scutt, Oct. 14, 1896. He came to South Missouri in the spring of '96, buying a part of the G. W. White farm, where he lived until three months before his death when he was removed to his father-in-laws house to be cared for until death claimed him for his victim August 31st. He was buried in the Allen graveyard. He was a member of the Baptist church a number of years, but united with the M.E. Church in August, 1896.