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Newhouse, Richard Homer, Sr.

(born: May 7, 1878  -  died: February 4, 1964) 

Kentucky educator, Richard Homer Newhouse, Sr., was born in Marshall, TX. He came to Kentucky by way of Taft, Oklahoma where he was a schoolteacher, according to his WWI Draft Registration Card in 1918. Newhouse had attended two years of college.  

Five years later, Richard Newhouse was in Kentucky and he was the husband of Anna L. Singleton. The couple is listed as teachers in the 1923 Louisville city directory. Richard would later serve as principal at the African American school in Hardinsburg and in Irvington. He was a teacher in Columbia, KY, 1931-1934, and he was principal of the Columbia Training School. Richard Newhouse is listed as a teacher again in the Louisville city directory for the years 1934 and 1935. He was a member of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association, and he had served as treasurer of the Fourth Congressional District Teachers' Association.

The Newhouse family was living at the Colored Orphan Home in Irvington, KY, in 1930. The orphanage had a school. The entire facility was managed by the National Home Finding Society for Colored Children that was founded by Rev. Octavius Singleton who was Richard Newhouse's father-in-law. The orphanage was located on the Busy Bee Farm.  

By 1940, Newhouse was no longer teaching and he was enumerated in the U.S. Census as a yard man. Perhaps yard work was his self-employment; when Newhouse completed his WWII Draft Registration Card in 1942, he noted that he owned his own business. In 1950, he was a janitor at the Board of Education in Louisville, according to the U.S. Census. 

Richard Homer Newhouse, Sr. was living in Louisville, KY, when he died in 1964. He is buried in Eastern Cemetery. He was the husband of Anna L. Singleton, who was born in KY, and he was the father of Harriet E. Newhouse Gibbons, Richard H. Newhouse, Jr., Ella Newhouse, and Eunice Newhouse. 

For more see Richard Newhouse, Sr. in The Courier-Journal, 02/06/1964, p.8; see WWI and WWII Draft Registration Cards for Richard Homer Newhouse in Ancestry; see "Districts associations meet," The Kentucky Negro Educational Association [K.N.E.A.[ Journal, v.1, no.2, December 1930, p.15; see Richard H. Newhouse on p.1322 in Caron's Louisville City Directory for 1934, and p.1304 in Caron's Louisville City Directory for 1935; see R. H. Newhouse in 'Colored Schools' in "County schools open," Adair County News, 07/15/1931, front page; see R. H. Newhouse in 'Appointments of Colored Teachers' in "Adair schools open Monday," Adair County News, 07/06/1932, front page; see R. Homer Newhouse in Proceedings of the Kentucky Negro Educational Association, April 23-26, 1924 p.59; see Annie L. and R. H. Newhouse on p.1207 in Caron's Directory of the City of Louisville for 1923.

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