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The Newburns are from Georgia. They were farmers for generations past. John Newburn, the professor's father, was born in Georgia, and his mother, Miss Elizabeth Jones, was born and reared in Alabama. They were married at the home of the bride in her native state. They came to Texas November 23, 1888, and are now completely texans. Oscar is the ninth child in a family of twelve and was born February 21, 1874, in Lawrence County, Mississippi, whither the family had moved from Alabama. He was reared on the farm and educated in the country schools but later was firedwith the laudable ambition of giving his life to the profession of teaching, and hence must prepare in a better way for his life work. He then attended the Neches high school under Professor J. V. Virmillion for three years after which he attended Summer Hill select school at Omen, under that prince of instructors, Professor Orr. The last year of his course there was a regular teacher's course, which he completed and has enjoyed a first-grade certificate to teach ever since. He has chosen this profession and intends to do nothing else in life. He prefers the opportunity to impress the young and to lift them up and benefit them to any other vocation. His indeals are high and he is thoroughly consecrated to his purpose. July 23, 1879 he led Miss Sarah Weldon to Hymen's alter. They have one boy - little Otho. In marth, 1902, he cast his fortunes in Van Zandt. He taught the Tundra school (Lone Star) two sessions. His father lives near him now and also three brothers. He is a brother to Elder J. M. Newburn, so well ans widely known in Texas. He is a good samaritan, a Woodman of the World. He is an active church member and stands for the right in all things. He is thoroughly progressive and co-operates in all measures for the public good. The Tundra school has 119 pupils and is in a most excellent community. Mr.Newburn will build it to the utmost.