David Benton was born 83 years ago on the Newtonia Branch of Shoal Creek in Newton County. But he was only three months old when he moved with his parents to Tulsa, Okla., where he grew to manhood.

David Benton was born 83 years ago on the Newtonia Branch of Shoal Creek in Newton County. But he was only three months old when he moved with his parents to Tulsa, Okla., where he grew to manhood.
Benton was born into a family of colorful characters. On his father's side of the family he claims kin to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, one of two United States Senators who were appointed to serve Missouri at the time of statehood. Senator Benton was also the uncle of Neosho artist, Thomas Hart Benton.
On his mother's side of the family, the most colorful character was William "Cush" Quesenbury, David Benton great-great-grandfather, who is buried in Neosho's IOOF Cemetery.
Read the complete story in the Dec. 28 print edition of the Neosho Daily News