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