DAVID MCCHEYNE NEWELL
A man who has done much for Lake County in the way of publicity is David McCheyne Newell, born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 23, 1898, son of William Reed Newell and Mellicent Woodworth Newell. His is descended on his mother’s side from Robert Morris of Revolutionary fame. His maternal grandfather, James Woodworth, was descended from the Woodwards, the name being changed to Woodworth, in 1690. This name was originally Norse “Vida Vard”, and later “Boisgarde” , Norman. His father’s family is of Scotch-Irish blood, containing a long list of Presbyterian ministers; his grandfather, at one time pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Leesburg, is now living at the age of 93, and is the son of a minister who lived to the age of 96.
Mr. Newell received his education at Kingsley School in New Jersey, and at Washington University at St. Louis, from which institution he enlisted in the United States Army in his junior year. In addition he has studied art at St. Louis School of Fine Arts, and also studied two years in New York under Arthur Woelfle.
Locating in Leesburg in March, 1912, Mr. Newell has since called Florida his home, though away from the state much of the time. He is a well-known author and his drawings and stories have appeared in such publications as Life, Judge, College Humor, Blue Book, Country Gentleman, Field and Stream, Sport Life, Outing, Outdoor America, Outdoor Recreation, Boy’s Life, St. Nicholas, Adventure, Youth’s Companion, Child Life, Farm and Fireside, Water Motoring, etc. He has also had articles and feature stories published in the New York Herald-Tribune and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In many of his articles and stories, Mr. Newell has dealt with the desirability of Lake County as a sportsman’s mecca, creating a considerable amount of favorable publicity throughout the country. Although he has lived in six states and in Canada, and has hunted and fished in seventeen states and in Old Mexico, Mr. Newell has chosen Lake County as the ideal spot for him and his work. He is the author of “Cougars and Cowboys”, (Century Co.), and has several children’s books in preparation.
During the World War Mr. Newell enlisted in Troop B, of the Missouri Cavalry, the day the United States entered the war. He later was transferred to the 5th Missouri Infantry, and then to officer’s training school at St. Louis and Camp Grant, Illinois.
Mr. Newell has been employed by the United States Bureau of Biological Survey and assigned to the Northern Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. The work consisted of exterminating mountain lions, bobcats, wolves, coyotes and cattle-killing bears. The primary idea of this trip in 1923 on Mr. Newell’s part was to gather book material and information on cowpunchers and Indians.
Mr. Newell is a member of the Presbyterian Church and his fraternal affiliations are with the American Legion, the Author’s League of America, and the Author’s Guild.
He was married May 28, 1921, to Frances Bosanquet, to which union three daughters were born: Betty Washington Newell (died July 9, 1926), Nancy Ayers Newell, born October 20, 1924, and Priscilla Bevan Newell, born November 16, 1928.
from: History of Lake County Florida, Wm. T. Kennedy, Editor-in-chief, History of Lake County Florida Part II, Biographical. Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens of Lake County, Florida p272-273
Frances Bosanquet Newell
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