A station on the Kansas Pacific Railroad, the town was laid out in 1867 by H. L. Newman, who with A.A. Haston, opened a store that year. A post office was established with A. A. Haston postmaster on August 26, 1868. That year, a Catholic Church was built.
In the early 1880s, Haston was the sole proprietor of the store and also served as a railroad agent. In 1882 a large two-story schoolhouse was erected and the population of the village was 12.
In 1910, Newman had express and telegraph offices, a money order office, and a population of 60.
The post office closed on May 30, 1969.
Today, this tiny unincorporated community still has a scattering of homes and the railroad still runs through town. It is located 13 miles southwest of Oskaloosa and 11 miles east of Topeka off of U.S. Route 24.
Blackmar, Frank W.; Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Vol I; Standard Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1912.
Cutler, William G; History of Kansas; A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL, 1883.