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This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1899. Pages 473-474

NEWTON JAMES FRAYN, editor and proprietor of the Republican "Record," of Faulkton, South Dakota, is one of the ablest representatives of the journalistic profession in this section of the state, and is a young man of good business ability, enterprising and progressive. He was born in Forrest, Ontario, Canada, October 10, 1876, and on his mother's side traces his ancestry back in direct line to the royal family of Scotland. The father, Richard Frayn, Jr., was born in the southern part of England, and in 1850, when a child of only two years, was brought to America by his father, Richard Frayn, who settled in Canada, about fifty miles from Toronto. He was a pioneer of that region, which at that time was all wild and unimproved, and later in life moved to Forrest. There Richard Frayn, Jr., on reaching man's estate, engaged in farming and also in the grain, cattle and flouring mill business. In May, 1871, he was united in marriage with Miss Matilda Hare, who was reared in Toronto and is a daughter of Arthur Hare, a farmer of Canada, who came to the new world from Scotland about 1839. On her mother's side, Mrs. Frayn belongs to the Dawson family, a very wealthy family which was founded in Canada about one hundred and fifty years ago. Our subject's uncle is now in England looking up the family records and estate. 

Mr. Frayn, of this review, is the fourth in order of birth in a family of eight children. He spent the first eleven years of his life in Forrest, Canada, where he attended the common schools, and then came with his parents, in 1887, to Faulk county, South Dakota, where the father- took up land and is still engaged in agricultural pursuits. Leaving home at the age of fifteen years our subject went to work on a 
farm in the northeastern part of the county and was thus employed for a year and a half. In 1893 he entered the office of the Faulkton "Republican" to learn the printer's trade and remained there two years, after which he worked on several different papers published in this state. In November, 1896, he leased the Republican "Record," of Faulkton, for one year and in the spring of 1897 leased a half-interest in the paper to Fremont Young. In the fall of that year our subject purchased the entire plant for thirteen hundred and fifty dollars and has continued to conduct the paper with marked success ever since. It was established in La Foon, Faulk county, in 1882, by A. E. Evans, as the La Foon "Record," and was moved to Faulkton when that city was made the county seat, the name being changed to the Faulkton "Record." At that time the paper was owned by the firm of Springer & Evans. Since 1894 it has been published under the name of the Republican "Record." It was the first paper started in the county; has always been the leading paper within its borders; and has the largest circulation. By the Twentieth Century Press Bureau it is rated as the best paper in the county and its excellence had been greatly increased under the able management of Mr. Frayn, who is a good writer and a practical business man. By his ballot and through his paper he supports the men and measures of the Republican party, and does all in his power to advance its interests. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and Masonic fraternities.