Newton Public Library
Current street address: 100 N. Third Ave. W Newton, IA 50208
Carnegie address: 400 1st Ave W. Newton, IA 50208
Original building still standing: No
Still in use as a library: No
Carnegie Grant Information
Date of Grant: January 22, 19021
Amount of Grant: $10,000.001
Cornerstone Date: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Opening Date: Monday, December 22, 19022
Carnegie Correspondent: F. A. Long, Mayor
Librarian, at Dedication: Miss Belle E. Smith3
Architect: Hallett & Rawson, Des Moines2
Building Size: 47 x 65 feet 4
Building Description: "...pressed brick was used with grey trimmings..."2
Town & County
County: Jasper County
Population in 1900: 3,682
Population in 2010: 15,254
Twelfth Census of the United States â€” 1900. p. 450.
Newton is the county seat of Jasper County, which was established on January 13, 1846. The county was named for Sergeant William Jasper (1750-1779) who was killed during the Revolutionary War. In 1846, Newton City was chosen as the site of the county seat, and in 1847, the name of the town was changed to Newton. In Jasper County, both Newton and Colfax received Carnegie grants.
(Source: Pratt, LeRoy G. “The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa.” Mason City, Ia; Klipto Printing & Office Supply Company, 1977, p. 171.)
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