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Spinner, Barnhart 1835-1920


Posted By: Bruce Kuennen (email)
Date: 3/27/2017 at 09:41:32



Barnhart Spinner, a Respected Citizen, is Dead at 85.

Mr. Barnhart Spinner was born in Germany July 4, 1835, and died at his home in Ossian, Iowa, Thursday February 26, 1920, aged 84 years, 7 months and 26 days.

Mr. Spinner came to America when a young man eighteen years old and settled in Village Creek, in Allamakee county, four miles from Lansing. There he learned the trade of blacksmithing from his brother, remaining at that place until the year 1865.

January 11, 1865, in Waukon, Iowa, he was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Goodwater. The couple then moved to Lansing, Iowa, where Mr. Spinner followed his occupation for a period of two years. In about the year 1867 they moved to the edge of Washington Prairie where he farmed a year and then moved to Waukon, Iowa, where he operated a blacksmith shop for six years. They then moved to Winneshiek county where he purchased and Operated a farm a mile west of Moneek. Later they moved to the old homestead, southwest of Frankville, which he operated successfully until fourteen years ago when they moved to Ossian, having lived here continually until called by death.

To Mr. and Mrs. Spinner were born sixteen children, twelve of whom survive as follows: Mrs. Mary L. Larson, Chinook, Mont.; Benjamin A., Ossian; Peter J., La Crosse, Wis.; William A., Miller, So. Dak.; Mrs. Katherine E. Crowley, Mason City; Barnhart R., St. Paul; Fred D., Watertown, So. Dak.; Carl W., Ossian; Gustave A., Watertown, So. Dak.; Mrs. Victoria E. Finley, Chinook Mont.; Mrs. Josephine Mallow, Jonesville, Va.; Mrs. Agnes L. Barnes, Portland, Oregon.

Aside from the wife and children Mr. Spinner is survived by fifty-five grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

Mr. Spinner was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable way of the pioneer. The stranger never failed to find food and shelter if he sought it at his hands. He had borne adversity bravely and enjoyed prosperity quietly. He had filled the various relations of life, as son, husband, father, brother, friend, and filled them well. Who can do more

Funeral services were held at St. Francis de Sales church Tuesday evening, March 2nd, Rev. M. J. Thiltjen, D. D., officiating His re mains were laid at rest in the parish cemetery, six of his sons: P. J., William, Barnhart, Fred, Carl, and Gustave, acting as pallbearers.
May he rest in peace!

The children from a distance at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. William Spinner, Miller, So. Dak.; Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Spinner, La Crosse, Wis.; Mrs. Agnes Barnes, Portland, Oregon; City; and Mrs. J. El. Crowley, Mason City; Mrs. Mary L. Larson, Chinook, Mont.; Andrew Goodwater, a brother of Mrs. Spinner, and daughter Ida Madsen, Nebr.; nephews present
were Carl Spinner, Waterville; Peter Spinner, Lansing; William Spinner, grandchildren present were Mr.and Mrs. A. C. Holly, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rabe, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. P. Crowley, Marie and Abiel Crowley, Mason, City; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Nichols, Mrs. Lillian Nowadsky, Cedar Rapids.

Source: Undated newspaper clipping provided by descendant.

St. Francis de Sales Cemetery

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