About Newton County:
Newton County is in the State of Missouri. It is included in the Joplin, Missouri metropolitan statistical area. The population was 58,114 at the 2010 census, comprised of 20,140 households and 14,742 families. It is the eighteenth most populous county in Missouri. The county was organized in 1838 and named for John Newton, a hero of the Revolutionary War. The county seat is Neosho.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 627 square miles, of which 625 square miles is land and 1.8 square miles (0.3%) is water.
Newton County has a multitude of communities including:
Diamond, Fairview, Granby, Joplin, Neosho, and Seneca.
Villages: Cliff Village, Dennis Acres, Grand Falls Plaza, Leawood, Loma Linda, Newtonia, Redings Mill, Ritchey, Saginaw, Shoal Creek Drive, Shoal Creek Estates, Silver Creek, Stark City, Stella, and Wentworth.
The following localities are also in Newton County: Hornet, Monark Springs, Racine, Spring City, Tipton Ford, and Wanda.
Find more information at NewtonCountyMO.com
During the following holidays, all Newton County offices will be closed:
Newton County's Flag
Map of Newton County in 1890
Until 1996, the Newton County Jail was located on the 3rd floor of the courthouse.
John Wesley Harryman Sr.
Shoal Creek Township Constable
End of Watch: April 13th, 1933
Shoal Creek Township Constable John "Wes" Harryman was killed in a gun battle with the notorious outlaw gang led by Bonnie and Clyde.
Constable Harryman and several other area officers had gone to their hideout at 3347 1/2 Oak Ridge Drive, in southern Joplin, to investigate what they thought were bootleggers. Neighbors had become suspicious of late hour activity of the house and reported it to the Highway Patrol. Troopers investigated and discovered that the registration on the vehicle didn't match that of the renters of the property.
They reported the matter to Joplin Police who obtained a search warrant. Constable Harryman, Troopers Kahler and Grammer, and Joplin Detectives DeGraff & McGinnis, went to the house at 4:00 pm.
As they arrived Clyde Barrow, of the Bonnie and Clyde Gang, was at the garage door. The officers drove one car into the driveway to stop Barrow from closing the door. Constable Harryman jumped out of the car and was struck with a shotgun blast.
Detective McGinnis exited the back seat of the opposite side of the car and was struck by another shotgun blast coming from the garage but was able to return fire. Automatic rifle fire erupted from the apartment windows striking McGinnis, nearly severing his right arm.
The troopers and Detective DeGraff continued the gun battle but Trooper Kahler ran out of ammunition and Detective DeGraff sent Grammer for help.
The gang then drove off continuing fire at Detective DeGraff.
Constable Harryman died en route to the hospital.
Constable Harryman, also a farmer, was elected Shoal Creek Township Constable of Newton County in November 1932. He was survived by his wife, Atha.