Wallace Newell was born January 16, 1857, at Springfield, Ont., and there spent the first twenty years of his life. He is one of a family of twelve children born to James and Jane (Lindsay) Newell, natives of Ireland who spent the greater part of their lives in Lower Canada, where the father was engaged in farming; he died February 17, 1872, the mother on February 23, 1893.
After attending the public schools Wallace Newell entered the employ of W & J Marr and served three years to the blacksmith's trade, subsequently going to Alvinston, Ont., where for three years he followed his trade in various shops, and then conducted a blacksmith and carriage works five years. At the end of this time, coming to Detroit, he opened a shop for ship and general blacksmithing which he has continued up to the present time. Mr. Newell employs five men in his business, doing general repair work for such lines as the D. & C., Ward, Star, and Ashley & Dustin.
Mr. Newell was married March 31, 1886 to Miss Kate McLachlan, of Detroit, daughter of Capt. D. A. McLachlan, a well-known vesselmaster, who has spent forty years with the D. & C. line. Their children are Duncan M. born January 23, 1889, who is attending school at the present time; Edward, born October 13, 1892, and Lindsay W., born July 11, 1895. Mr. Newell is a member of the Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Foresters and A. O. U. W., of Detroit.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.