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Howard J. Newhouse

Howard J. Newhouse, 71, Gold Beach, died Aug. 4, 2000.

He was born Nov. 22, 1928, to Corinne and Sewell Newhouse in Portland. He arrived in Curry County in 1935 at 7 years of age.

He attended the one room school in Wedderburn.

He then attended Gold Beach High School, where he lettered in track and basketball, played in the school band, acted in school plays, co-wrote, directed and acted in the minstrel show, and was student body president during his senior year.

He attended Oregon State College, majoring in chemical engineering. He was president of Delta Chi fraternity his junior year. He played the French horn in the marching and concert bands where he met his future wife, Jane Drew. They were married in June 1952.

Mr. Newhouse graduated from college in 1951 and worked for Shell Chemical until he was drafted into the Army in 1953.

He was discharged from Fort Monmouth, N.J., on Feb. 23, 1955. After that, he headed to Oregon with his wife and infant son.

He went into the surveying business with his father, S.O. Newhouse. Howard was a professional land surveyor for 47 years, 32 of which he served as Curry County surveyor.

He was a member of the Oregon Historical Society, American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, and the Oregon Tuba Association.

He served as past president of the Curry Historical Society, Gold Beach Rotary Club, Association of Oregon County Engineers and Surveyors, Professional Land Surveyors Southwest Chapter, and chairman of the elementary school board.

He will be remembered for his love of Curry County and its history, his extensive knowledge of the Civil War, his love of boats, black powder guns and the Rogue River, his family said.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Newhouse; sons and daughters-in-law Hal and Pam Newhouse; Russell and Michelle Newhouse; daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and John Emerson, Liz Newhouse and Phil Broome, Susan and Steve Hinton; grandchildren Harrison, Haley and Cierra Newhouse, Zachary, Jenna and Ari-Anna Emerson, and Samuel Hinton; step-grandchildren Melanie and Jason Broome.

Those wishing to commemorate Mr. Newhouse through memorial contributions can donate to the Curry County Historical Society or to a charity of their choice.

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