James Newton Wallace passed away on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at home with family by his side. He was born June 7, 1919, in Tipton, Iowa to Lorine and Rev. Clarence Wallace.
Newt grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from Iowa State, Ames, with a degree in history and minor in journalism. Newt, and his wife, Ida, purchased the Winters Express in 1947 and continued to live and raise their five children here.
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers Maurice and Bob, and sister Jessie. He is survived by his children, Wilson Polk, John (Monica), James (Mary), Charles (Sherri) and Lois (Gordon). He had nine grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.
During his time in Winters, he served as president of the Winters Chamber of Commerce, was active in the Lions Club, and was named Citizen of the Year in 1972. He liked to call himself the “Oldest Paperboy in the World.” He continued to work at the Express until a month ago when he said he wasn’t feeling well and went home. His mind and wit were sharp right to the end.
He was active in politics and met seven United States presidents, with one of his most memorable moments being lunch at the White House with President Kennedy. He served as president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, served on the prison reform commission at San Quentin, and was on the Yolo County Fair Board for many years.
A memorial gathering will be held between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at the Winters Opera House, 13 Main Street, Winters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Winters Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 963, Winters, CA 95694, or to a charity of your choice.