OLYMPIC WRESTLER, HALL-OF-FAMER, OREGON CITY NATIVE
Story and photo courtesy of Mt. View Cemetery
CHESTER WILLARD NEWTON (1903-1966) SECTION D-21-3-C
Chester Willard Newton was born September 18, 1903 in Canby, OR. Chester was an Olympic wrestler for the United States at the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris, France. Chester won a Silver Medal competing in the Men’s Freestyle Wrestling, Featherweight Division. Besides wrestling, Chester participated on the cross-country team and was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity at Oregon State University.
He became a teacher and coach after graduating from Oregon State University. His career took him to Klamath Falls and then back to Oregon City. He taught math at Thora B. Gardiner Junior High and was the assistant wrestling coach at Oregon City High School.
Chester was elected, posthumously, to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and to the Oregon State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.