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Cora Ethel Spear

Last updated 10 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 27 Jul 1920 in Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota, United States

Died: 1 Mar 2008 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States

Father: Kenneth Maris Spear (1891 – 1975)

Mother: Ethel Caroline Marshall (1895 – 1995)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 242A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > District 0011" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2225 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341959]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 46, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes name (Cora [?] Spear).

misc-cora-mcquisten-death-announcement-2008: Announcement of death of Cora McQuisten; email, <private>, “OLE Network,” 3 Mar 2008; printed copy, privately held [The author was also the likely informant for Cora’s obituary, so only non-duplicated information from this announcement should be used.]

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Cora McQuisten).

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 10 - July Births (cont)

Comment: Source includes name (Cora Ethel Spear).

marriage-mcquisten-spear-1940: Record of marriage for Edwin McQuisten and Cora Spear (1940); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 11 Sep 2007) > “1940-1941” image 978; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes name (Cora Spear).

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes name (Cora Spear).

obituary-ethel-spear-1995: Obituary for Ethel Caroline (Marshall) Spear (1995); “Today’s Obituaries / Ethel C. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 15 Jul 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1995 > 11 > 01" page 17; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 1 Nov 1995 (Wednesday), page C2, column 1”

Comment: source includes [married] name (Cora McQuisten).

obituary-eugene-mcquisten-2012: Obituary for Eugene M. McQuisten (2012); “Eugene M McQuisten,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 3 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Sioux Falls > Argus Leader > 2012 > 11 > 15 > main-edition" page B8; citing “Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), 15 Nov 2012 (Thursday), page 8B, column 2”

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Cora McQuisten).

obituary-kenneth-spear-1975: Obituary for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975); “Kenneth M. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1975 > 11 > 28" page 6; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 28 Nov 1975 (Friday), page 6, column 2”

Comment: Source includes first name (Cora).

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birth

marriage-mcquisten-spear-1940: Record of marriage for Edwin McQuisten and Cora Spear (1940); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 11 Sep 2007) > “1940-1941” image 978; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (20). Using the marriage date of 27 Jul 1940 gives a birth date range from 28 Jul 1919 to 27 Jul 1920.

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes date (July 27, 1920) and location (Pierre, SD).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 242A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > District 0011" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2225 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341959]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 46, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (9) and location (South Dakota). Using her age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1920 to 1 Apr 1921.

misc-spear-date-notebook: Spear birth and death date notebook; multiple contributors; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Page 10 - July Births (cont)

Comment: Source includes date ([July] 27 [...] 1920).

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death

misc-cora-mcquisten-death-announcement-2008: Announcement of death of Cora McQuisten; email, <private>, “OLE Network,” 3 Mar 2008; printed copy, privately held [The author was also the likely informant for Cora’s obituary, so only non-duplicated information from this announcement should be used.]

Comment: Source includes date (March 1st, 2008).

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes date (1 Mar 2008).

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father

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 242A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > District 0011" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2225 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341959]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 44,46, dwelling 8

Comment: Source identifies Cora [?] Spear as a daughter of Kenneth M. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-kenneth-spear-1975: Obituary for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975); “Kenneth M. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1975 > 11 > 28" page 6; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 28 Nov 1975 (Friday), page 6, column 2”

Comment: Source identifies Cora as a daughter of Kenneth Maris Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

obituary-ethel-spear-1995: Obituary for Ethel Caroline (Marshall) Spear (1995); “Today’s Obituaries / Ethel C. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 15 Jul 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1995 > 11 > 01" page 17; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 1 Nov 1995 (Wednesday), page C2, column 1”

Comment: Source identifies Cora McQuisten as a daughter of Ethel Caroline (Marshall) Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Edwin Francis McQuisten (1914 – 2007)

Married: 27 Jul 1940 in Draper, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

marriage-mcquisten-spear-1940: Record of marriage for Edwin McQuisten and Cora Spear (1940); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 11 Sep 2007) > “1940-1941” image 978; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Draper, South Dakota / Jones County) on date (July 27th, 1940).

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes location (Wild Rose Valley Farm) and date (July 27, 1940).

obituary-edwin-mcquisten-2007: Obituary for Edwin F. McQuisten (2007); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), published after 2 Jul 2007

Comment: Source notes that Edwin McQuisten and Cora are married.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: 5 Mar 2008 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States

School: (Graduated from Murdo, SD High School) 1939 at Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Cemetery: (Woodlawn Cemetary) at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes location (Woodlawn Cemetery) and relative day ([next] Wednesday) for an obituary pubished on Saturday, 1 Mar 2008, or 5 Mar 2008.

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes location (Murdo, SD High School) and year of graduation (1939).

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Comment: Source includes location (Woodlawn Cemetery [, Sioux Falls, South Dakota]).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 27 Jul 1940 at Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 29 Oct 1995 at Renner, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 242A (stamped); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > District 0011" image 1; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2225 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341959]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 46, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Union Township, County: Jones, State: South Dakota).

marriage-mcquisten-spear-1940: Record of marriage for Edwin McQuisten and Cora Spear (1940); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 11 Sep 2007) > “1940-1941” image 978; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Rapid City, S. Dak., Pennington Co.) on marriage date (July 27th, 1940).

obituary-ethel-spear-1995: Obituary for Ethel Caroline (Marshall) Spear (1995); “Today’s Obituaries / Ethel C. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 15 Jul 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1995 > 11 > 01" page 17; citing “Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 1 Nov 1995 (Wednesday), page C2, column 1”

Comment: Source includes date of her mother Ethel's death (Oct. 29, 1995) and location (Renner, S.D.).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Cora was homecoming queen at Murdo High School (Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota) in 1939, the year she graduated. [obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008]

When she graduated, her cousin Gertrude (Florence G. Stilwell) sent Cora the "greatest" dress for graduation. After graduation, Great Aunt Emilie sent her Emilie's old watch to wear until Cora could afford a new one. Cora wore the watch for years. She also sent a check ro $300 to start Cora off at Rapid City Business College. Cora recalled that all she really wanted to do was to get enough education to get a job with some "pay." [interview-cora-mcquisten-2007]

She was a president of The Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), now known as South Dakota Achieve (Sioux Vocational). [obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008]

She became a very active user of her home computer to keep in touch with distant relations, and used it to send daily "news of the day" messgaes, as well as using it to chat and comment. [misc-cora-mcquisten-death-announcement-2008]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

interview-cora-mcquisten-2007: Email conversation with Cora Ethel (Spear) McQuisten, 1 Dec 2007; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2.

misc-cora-mcquisten-death-announcement-2008: Announcement of death of Cora McQuisten; email, <private>, “OLE Network,” 3 Mar 2008; printed copy, privately held [The author was also the likely informant for Cora’s obituary, so only non-duplicated information from this announcement should be used.]

obituary-cora-mcquisten-2008: Obituary for Cora E. (Spear) McQuisten (2008); Miller Funeral Home (https://www.millerfh.com: accessed 25 Apr 2018), Miller Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory – Downtown (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

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