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News: George W. Newbegin

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  Elizabeth Bullen 

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Gray Honor Roll Recipient; Namesake of our beloved Newbegin Gym!

GRAY HONOR ROLL
NAME: George W. Newbegin
DATE OF BIRTH: Dec. 1848
DATE OF DEATH: June 3, 1936
DATES RESIDED IN GRAY: c. 1870-1936
IN RECOGNITION FOR: Service to the Town of Gray
George W. Newbegin was born in Milford, Maine and moved to Gray with his family while still young.  He worked as a hotel clerk and later as a bookkeeper in Portland. George married Mrs. Salome S. Prentiss in 1878; they had no children. By the early-1890s, the couple had moved from Portland to Gray to live full-time. George was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1905 as a Democrat. At the 1909 Town Meeting, George W. Newbegin was elected Town Clerk & Treasurer of Gray; he served in this capacity for one year. Upon his death in 1936, George bequeathed $15,000 to the Town of Gray for the construction of a community gymnasium. Additional funds for the building were received through the 1930s Works Progress Administration program and the Newbegin Gymnasium was completed in 1937.