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Kenneth Maris Spear

Last updated 10 Sep 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 9 Feb 1891 in , Guthrie County, Iowa, United States

Died: 27 Nov 1975 in Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Father: David C. Spear (1862 – 1940)

Mother: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1900-ps-ia-dallas-11-3b: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Dallas County, Linden, enumeration district 11, sheet 3B (form/penned) or page 114B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Iowa > Dallas > Linn > District 0011" image 6; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240427]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 94, dwelling 72

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. Spear).

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 name (Kenneth Maris Spear).

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-54-8a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 54, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 44A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Lincoln > District 0054" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 9

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. Spear).

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, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. Spear).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, household 2

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. Spear).

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth Maris Spear).

marriage-spear-marshall-1919: Record of marriage for Kenneth M. Spear and Ethel Caroline Marshall (1919); South Dakota, U.S., Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 27 Apr 2021) > “1919” image 136; citing “South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016; South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre, South Dakota; Draper, Jones County; registered no. 56 (68384)”

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. Spear).

marriage-vondracek-spear-1947: Marriage certificate for Raymond P. Vondracek and Anna Grace Spear (1947); Montana, U.S., Marriage Records, 1943-1988, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 27 Apr 2021) > “1943-1956 > Custer > Cus 1 - Cus 2150” image 930; citing “Montana State Marriage Records, 1943-1986; Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Helena, Montana; state file no. Cus 928, license no. 8209”

Comment: Source includes name (K. M. 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 (Kenneth Spear).

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source includes name (Kenneth M. 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 name (Kenneth Spear).

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birth

census-us-1900-ps-ia-dallas-11-3b: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Dallas County, Linden, enumeration district 11, sheet 3B (form/penned) or page 114B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Iowa > Dallas > Linn > District 0011" image 6; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240427]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 94, dwelling 72

Comment: Source includes date (Feb/1891), age (9), and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1890 to 1 June 1891, which encompasses the given date.

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-54-8a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 54, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 44A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Lincoln > District 0054" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 9

Comment: Source includes age (19) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1890 to 15 Apr 1891.

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, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes age (39) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1890 to 1 Apr 1891.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, household 2

Comment: Source includes age (49) and location (Iowa). Using the official census date of 1 Apr 1940 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1890 to 1 Apr 1891.

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes date (Feb 9 1891).

marriage-spear-marshall-1919: Record of marriage for Kenneth M. Spear and Ethel Caroline Marshall (1919); South Dakota, U.S., Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 27 Apr 2021) > “1919” image 136; citing “South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016; South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre, South Dakota; Draper, Jones County; registered no. 56 (68384)”

Comment: Source includes age (28) and location (US). Using his age and the marriage date of 25 Jun 1919 gives a birth date range from 26 Jun 1890 to 25 Jun 1891.

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 date (Feb 9, 1891) and location (<conflict>, Iowa). See research notes for conflict details.

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death

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes date (Nov 27 1975).

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 year (1975).

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 date ("Thursday morning" [for an obituary published Friday, 28 Nov 1975) and location ("here" [for a paper published in Rapid City, South Dakota]).

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father

census-us-1900-ps-ia-dallas-11-3b: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Dallas County, Linden, enumeration district 11, sheet 3B (form/penned) or page 114B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Iowa > Dallas > Linn > District 0011" image 6; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240427]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 92,94, dwelling 72

Comment: Source identifies Kenneth M. Spear as a son of David C. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-54-8a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 54, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 44A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Lincoln > District 0054" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 30,32, dwelling 9

Comment: Source identifies Kenneth M. Spear as a son of David C. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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 44,49, dwelling 8

Comment: Source identifies David C. Spear as the father of Kenneth M. Spear. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source identifies Kenneth M. Spear as a son of David C. 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 Kenneth Maris Spear as a biological son of David <conflict> Spear. See research notes for conflict details.

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mother

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 44,50, dwelling 8

Comment: Source identifies Eva M. Spear as the mother 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 Kenneth Maris Spear as a biological son of <conflict> Eva Spear. See research notes for conflict details.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Ethel Caroline Marshall (1895 – 1995)

Married: 25 Jun 1919 in Draper, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

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 44,45, dwelling 8

Comment: Source identifies Ethel M. Spear as the wife of Kenneth M. Spear.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, household 2

Comment: Source identifies Ethel C. [Spear] as the wife of Kenneth M. Spear.

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes date (June 25, 1919).

marriage-spear-marshall-1919: Record of marriage for Kenneth M. Spear and Ethel Caroline Marshall (1919); South Dakota, U.S., Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 27 Apr 2021) > “1919” image 136; citing “South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016; South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre, South Dakota; Draper, Jones County; registered no. 56 (68384)”

Comment: Source includes date (June 25, 1919) and location (Draper, Jones, SD).

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 (June 25, 1919).

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Child: Cora Ethel Spear (1920 – 2008)

Child: Eva Mary "Dutch" Spear (1922 – 2002)

Child: Dorothy Maris "Dorotha" Spear (1927 – 2020)

Child: <private>

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

School: (Dakota Wesleyan University) Abt 1910 at Mitchell, Davison County, South Dakota, United States

Graduation: (South Dakota State College of Agriculture) 1915

Military Induction: (U.S. Army Tank Corps) 1917

Military Discharge: (U. S. Amry Tank Corps (honorably)) 1919

Organization: (American Legion) Abt 1920

Retirement: 1960

Cemetery: (Evergreen Cemetery) at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

Organization: (Fall River Historical Society (co-founder))

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes location (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA).

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 school (Dakota Wesleyan Academy) and and location (Mitchell [, South Dakota]). Tthere is no such school. It could reference a high school associated with the university, but a cursory check revealed no such historical connection. For now, this is presumed to be the university.

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: This is presumably the current College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences within South Dakota State University, in Brookings, South Dakota.

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 notes service in the U. S. Army Tank Corps from 1917.

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 notes service in the U. S. Army Tank Corps through 1919.

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 organization (American Legion) and notes that Kenneth received his 50-year membership pin for the Legion, five years ago, before his death in 1975.

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 year (1960) Kenneth and Ethel sold their motel.

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 year (1960).

marker-kenneth-ethel-spear-1975-1995: Gravestones for Kenneth Maris Spear (1975) and Ethel M. Spear (1995); Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 6 May 2021), memorial IDs 59063160 (Kenneth) and 58062227 (Ethel), photographs uploaded 19 Sep 2010 to 58062227 and 23 Apr 2011 to 59063160; citing “Evergreen Cemetery (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA), Section N”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Evergreen Cemetery) and location (Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, USA).

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 notes Kenneth was a cofounder of the Fall River Historical Society. (The formal name may be Fall River County Historical Society.)

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Linden, Dallas County, Iowa, United States

Residence: 1905 at Wessington Springs, Jerauld County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: Apr 1906 at Wessington Springs, Jerauld County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 5 May 1906 at , Lyman County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Lincoln Township, Lyman County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 25 Jun 1919 at Draper, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Apr 1930

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

Residence: 1 Apr 1935 at Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Apr 1940

Residence: 1 Apr 1940 at Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 13 Apr 1940 at Draper, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (Pine Knoll Kort Motel owner/operator) 1945 at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1945 at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 27 Nov 1975 at Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota, United States

Religion: (Methodist Church)

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1900-ps-ia-dallas-11-3b: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Iowa, Dallas County, Linden, enumeration district 11, sheet 3B (form/penned) or page 114B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Iowa > Dallas > Linn > District 0011" image 6; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240427]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 94, dwelling 72

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Linden, County: Dallas, State: Iowa).

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "The David C. Spear Family" (Kenneth and Ethel Spear), p. 413.

Comment: Source includes date (1905) and location (Wessington Springs, South Dakota).

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "The David C. Spear Family" (Kenneth and Ethel Spear), p. 414.

Comment: Source includes date (April, 1906) and location (... we started to [move from Wessington Springs to] "The Land of Promise").

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "Spear Family" (Mary Willett Spear), p. 415.

Comment: Source includes date (May 5, 1906) and location (Jones (then Lyman) County [, South Dakota]). Although D.C. is not explicitly named here, Mary was D.C.'s daughter and she is talking about her parents and siblings relocating to the Lyman County farm.

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 year (1906) and location (Jones County, northwest of Draper). Note that Jones County did not exist until 1916. Their move was to Lyman County, which included the future Jones County.

census-us-1910-ps-sd-lyman-54-8a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Lyman County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 54, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 44A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Lyman > Lincoln > District 0054" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1484 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1375497]

Additional detail for reference: Line 32, dwelling 9

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Lincoln Township, County: Lyman, State: South Dakota).

marriage-spear-marshall-1919: Record of marriage for Kenneth M. Spear and Ethel Caroline Marshall (1919); South Dakota, U.S., Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 27 Apr 2021) > “1919” image 136; citing “South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016; South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre, South Dakota; Draper, Jones County; registered no. 56 (68384)”

Comment: Source includes date (25 Jun 1919) and location (Draper, Jones [, South Dakota]).

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, dwelling 8

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Farmer).

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, dwelling 8

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

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, household 2

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1935) and location (Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, household 2

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1940) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-jones-11-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Jones County, Lincoln Township, enumeration district 38-11, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "South Dakota > Jones > Lincoln > 38-11" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3859 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 5, household 2

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1940) and location (Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota).

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (13 Apr 1940) and location (Draper [, South Dakota]).

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 ([before] 1945) and location (Jones County [, South Dakota]).

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "The David C. Spear Family" (Kenneth and Ethel Spear), p. 414.

Comment: Source includes date (1945), occupation (purchased a tourist court), and location (Hot Springs, South Dakota).

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 year (1945), motel name (Pine Knoll Kort Motel), and location (Hot Springs [, South Dakota]).

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: "The David C. Spear Family" (Kenneth and Ethel Spear), p. 415.

Comment: Source includes date (1945) and location (Hot Springs, South Dakota).

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 year (1945) and location (Hot Springs [, South Dakota]).

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 year (1945) and location ("Black Hills, where he purchased and operated a motel at Hot Springs").

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 implies that Kenneth and Ethel lived in Hot Springs ("at ...18th St.") through Kenneth's death on 27 Nov 1975.

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 notes church (Methodist Church) and that he was an active member and layman in the church.

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Kenneth moved with the rest of his family to Wessington Springs, South Dakota about 1903, where in late 1905 they filed for a homestead in on White Clay Creek. By late April 1906 they were ready to move to their new home, where they arrived in early May 1906. Although they shipped their goods (mostly) via the railroad, the family came by wagon. [book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969]

In 1945, he retired from working the farm he had inherited from father D.C. and sold it to O.A. Magnuson. He then moved to Hot Springs, South Dakota, where he owned and operated a tourist court. [book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969: Ruth Iverson, Marj Strait, Margie Peters (ed.), Proving Up: Jones County History; Murdo, South Dakota: privately published, Book and Thimble Club [of Murdo], 1969 [History of Jones County along with personal reminiscences.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 413,415 ("The David C. Spear Family")

Comment: Though not specifially mentioned by name, Kenneth mentions "we" in the story he wrote.

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Location: This database uses Guthrie County, Iowa. Kenneth's obituary misspells this as Gutherie. There isn't now, and never was, any such county. [obituary-kenneth-spear-1975]

Residence (13 Apr 1940): This database uses Lincoln Township, Jones County, South Dakota. The obituary of David C. Spear uses Draper [, South Dakota]. In 1940, Lincoln Township was just west of Draper and northeast of Murdo, and it is probable that he used the Draper post office. It was later dissolved, joining with other dissolved townships into the unincorporated Central Jones County. [obituary-david-spear-1940]

Father's Name: This database uses David C. Spear. Kenneth's obituary uses David Z. Spear. [obituary-kenneth-spear-1975]

Mother's Name: This database uses Eva Penrose Spear. Kenneth's obituary uses Etta Eva Spear. [obituary-kenneth-spear-1975]

FOLLOWUP

Kenneth's middle name was Maris, and he may have been born 9 Feb 1891 in Wichita, Guthrie County, Iowa. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Kenneth and Ethel may have had another child, Gordon Paul Spear (b. 20 Apr 1924 in Pierre, South Dakota) who was either stillborn or died within hours of birth. He was bured in Draper Cemetery in Draper, South Dakota. [research-a-spear-family-history]

In 1930, Kenneth and Ethel's family lived near the Ray C. Spears family; Ray's family was in fact in the next dwelling that was enumerated. However, I have no information about them yet. The addition of 's' to the end of Spear is a common error, one that I've often had to contend with. So the first question is, are they from the Spears lineage, a distinct Spear lineage, or an unrecorded branch of Kenneth's ancestry? I have found examples of distinct and apparently unrelated Spears and Spear lineages in unexpected areas of the country. But if they aren't related, it's a major conincidence for both to be located in the same township in rural Jones County, South Dakota. Certainly not impossible, but enough to raise the question.

Kenneth worked for the WPA for year, probably during the Great Depression or WWII. [story-depression-stories-dorotha-dickey]

He may have died in Hot Springs, Fall River County, South Dakota. [research-a-spear-family-history]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

obituary-david-spear-1940: Obituary for David C. Spear (1940); “Hill City Man Dies In Local Hospital,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 6 May 2021), image “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1940 > 04 > 13" page 5; citing “The Rapid City Daily Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 13 Apr 1940 (Saturday), page 5, column 4”

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”

story-depression-stories-dorotha-dickey: Dorotha Dickey, “Maris’ History”; email from <private>, sent 26 Apr 2009

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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