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Henry C Spurrier


Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 4/26/2010 at 12:21:20

Henry C Spurrier is the owner of one of the most highly improved farms in Boone county, comprising 200 acres on sections 5 and 4, Yell township. His birth occurred in Illinois in September 1850, his parents being Francis M and Rebecca (Argo) Spurrier, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Ohio. Francis M Spurrier removed to Illinois with his parents in 1830 and carried on farming in that state until1756, when he drove across the country to Boone county, Iowa, ad here began the cultivation of rented land. In September 1862, he enlisted for service in the Civil War as a member of Company D, Thirty-second Iowa Volunteer Infantry, continuing with that comma until February 1865, when he was wounded and received his discharge. He returned to this county and carried on general agricultural pursuits her through out the remainder of his active business career, while the last years of his life were spent in honorable retirement at Ogden, when he passed away in November 1912. The period of his residence in Boone county covered fifty-six years and his demise the community lost one of its esteemed and representative citizens. He had long survived his wife , who died in Illinois in February 1856.
Henry C Spurrier, who was a little lad of six years when he came to this county with his father, acquired his education in Yell township and remained on the home farm until twenty-six years of age. He then started out as an agriculturist o his own account, purchasing 70 acres of land which he improved and subsequently sold. Later he bought a tract of 200 acres on sections 5 and 4, Yell township, which has since remained in his possession and which he has improved to such an extent that it is now one of the best equipped farms in the entire county, and in its operation he has won a measure of success that has gained him recognition among the substantial and leading agriculturists of him community. In connections with the cultivation of cereals he also keeps thoroughbred stock, feeding a carload of cattle annually. He likewise owns property in Canada.
In August 1881, Mr Spurrier was united in marriage to Miss Alice Hainey, her parents being Jackson and Nancy (Russell) Hainey, who were natives of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. The father removed t Kansas in an early day and successfully carried on farming in that state for many years. His demise occurred in 1900, in the Sunflower state, where his widow still makes her home. Unto Mr and Mrs Spurrier have been born six children, as follows: Eva who is at home, Blanche, the wife of Charles Tonsfeldt, an agriculturist of Yell township, Ethel at home, Howard who makes his home in Canada, Maude whose demise occurred in 1901 and Orson at home.
Mr Sprurrier is a republican in politics and has served as trustee of Yell township for twelve years, making a creditable record in that connection. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church. He has resided in this county for fifty-eight years and has become widely and favorably known within its borders. His life is exemplary in all respects and he has ever supported those interests which are calculated to uplift and benefit humanity, while his own high oral principles are deserving of warm commendation.

1914 Boone County History Book


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