Elliott Centennial, 1879 - 1979

Elliott Centennial Committee

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Thomas Spicer was born in Pennsylvania in 1842 the son of William and Mary Way Spicer who had been born and married in England. One of ten children he served with Company G 27th Iowa Co. Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War.

Clarissa Saphronia Garvey was born in New York State in 1849 the daughter of Cornelius and Saphronia Garvey.

Clarissa and Thomas were married January 24, 1867 in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In 1873 they moved to Nebraska and in 1875 to Montgomery County, Iowa, locating in Pilot Grove Township where they farmed until 1904 when they moved to Elliott. Thomas died in 1917 and Clarissa in 1932. They are buried in the Pilot Grove Cemetery.

The Spicers were parents of six children: Son, James E., and daughters Alta Saphronia (Mrs. Emery DeWitt), Cora Ann (Mrs. O. F. Hallcock), Leila Durenia (Mrs. John Hallcock), Blanche Ruth (Mrs. T. K. Cowley), and Eva Grace (Mrs. Wes Ballard).

James E. (1868-1939) married Mae Lotspeich at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Wren Hutchcroft, January 30, 1889. They were parents of five sons. Ernest and Edwin died when small. Earl, Clarence and Ray grew up near Elliott. They had nine grandchildren. They farmed in Colorado until 1912 when they returned to the Thomas Spicer farm then moved to Elliott in 1920 where he had a trucking business. They and their two small sons are buried in the Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Alta (1870-1936) married Emery A. DeWitt on Oct. 10, 1888 in Pilot Grove Twp. They were parents of three children, Clarence A., Mabel B., and Russell E. all born in

Pilot Grove Twp. Alta and Emery are buried in Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Clarence Arthur (1889-1950) married Marcella Hubbard in 1913. They were parents of four children: Emery C., Emma (Mrs. Myron Erickson), Omaha, Roy of Griswold and Dale (d. 1970). Clarence and Marcella had eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Mabel Blanche (1891-1953) married L. Paul Lathrop (1887-1962) at the home of her parents April 12, 1916. They were parents of three daughters, Mary Helen (Mrs. Maurice Peterson), Frances Lucille (Mrs. Glen Carlson), and Lois Pauline (Mrs. R. L. Keener). They have nine grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Mabel, Paul and son-in-law, Maurice Peterson (1959) are buried in Evergreen Cemetery at Red Oak, Iowa.

Russell Ernest (1899-1974) married Mildred Westerlund Dec. 25, 1919. They were parents of two children: Max Bernard and Dorothy Dean (Mrs. Leon Putnam). They had seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Russell is buried in Pilot Grove Cemetery.

Leila Durenia Spicer (1876- ) married John Hallcock. They farmed near Elliott before moving to town. Their son Zearl married Lorraine Kirby. Their children were Bernadine (Post), Bill and Tom. Leila and John had eleven great-grandchildren. Zearl was mayor of Elliott for several years.

Cora Ann Spicer (1873-1959) married Oliver Hallcock. They were parents of one daughter, Mary Eldora (1900-1912). After Mary’s death they moved to Red Oak where Ollie was a carpenter and a court bailiff. They are all buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.

Blanche Ruth Spicer (1879-1943) married Thomas K. Cowley. They were parents of five children: one son, Hilton; and four daughters, Florence (Mrs. ). She is buried in California. Marie (Mrs. Jim Hill), Gladys (Mrs. John Mason) and Reba (Mrs. Floyd Bruce). This family are all deceased, and except for Florence are buried in Evergreen Cemetery. Blanche and Tom had three grandsons and seven great-grandchildren.

Eva Grace Spicer (1882-1959) married Wesley Ballard. They lived in Colorado for many years but retired in Red Oak. They were parents of two sons: Claude and Dale both deceased and buried in Colorado. They had three grandchildren. Grace and Wes are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak.




~ Mary Helen Peterson