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George Emmor Spear

Last updated 22 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 26 Sep 1898 in Linden, Dallas County, Iowa, United States

Died: 16 Feb 1991 in Custer, Custer County, South Dakota, United States

Father: David C. Spear (1862 – 1940)

Mother: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)

Supporting evidence for:
name

birth-<private>: Certificate of birth for <private>; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (George Emmor 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 (George E. Spear)..

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

obituary-veronica-spear-2005: Obituary for Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear (2005); “Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 26 May 2005 (Thursday), page B2, column 1

Comment: Source notes name (George Spear).

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear)

periodical-spear-allgierd-united-1963: “Spear-Allgierd United,” wedding description; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 4 Jun 2021) > “United States of America > South Dakota > Rapid City > Rapid City Journal > 1963 > 12 > 08” page 14; citing “The Rapid City Sunday Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 8 Dec 1963 (Sunday), page 14, column 1” [Although the surname is given as Allgierd, enough other information is corroborated by this datbase to know that is a misprint and this is a wedding description for Jack and Georgia Allgier.]

Comment: Source includes name (George Spear).

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 96, dwelling 72

Comment: Source includes name (George E. 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 34, dwelling 9

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

Comment: Source includes name (George E. <spelling>). See research notes for spelling details.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Geoge E. Spear).

family-<private>-spear-fgs-1999: Family group sheet for <private> Spear; filled in by <private> Spear, 20 Dec 1999; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

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

Additional detail for reference: Page 13 - September Births.

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

marker-george-veronica-spear-1991-2005: Gravestone of George E. (1991) and Veronica J. (2005) Spear; Hill City Cemetery (Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot location; photographed 26 Apr 2019, privately held

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

marriage-spear-wilson-1924: Record of marriage for George E. Spear and Winifred E. Wilson (1924); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 25 Sep 2006) > “1924” image 1396; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes name (George E. Spear).

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birth

birth-<private>: Certificate of birth for <private>; privately held

Comment: Source includes age (35) and location (Iowa). Using <private>'s birth date of 26 Feb 1934 gives a birth date range from 27 Feb 1898 to 26 Feb 1899.

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 96, dwelling 72

Comment: Source includes date (Sept/1898), age (1), and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1898 to 1 June 1899, 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 34, dwelling 9

Comment: Source includes age (11) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1898 to 15 Apr 1899.

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

Comment: Source includes age (31) and location (Iowa). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1898 to 1 Apr 1899.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes age (41) and location (Iowa). Using the <official source> date of <date> gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1898 to 1 Apr 1899.

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

Additional detail for reference: Page 13 - September Births.

Comment: Source includes date ([September] 26th [...] 1898).

marker-george-veronica-spear-1991-2005: Gravestone of George E. (1991) and Veronica J. (2005) Spear; Hill City Cemetery (Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot location; photographed 26 Apr 2019, privately held

Comment: Source includes year (1898).

marriage-spear-wilson-1924: Record of marriage for George E. Spear and Winifred E. Wilson (1924); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 25 Sep 2006) > “1924” image 1396; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes age (Twenty-Five). Using the marriage date of 15 Jun 1924 gives a birth date range from 16 Jun 1898 to 15 Jun 1899.

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes date (Sept. 26, 1898) and location (Linden, Iowa).

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death

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (Feb 16, 1991) and place (Custer, SD).

marker-george-veronica-spear-1991-2005: Gravestone of George E. (1991) and Veronica J. (2005) Spear; Hill City Cemetery (Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot location; photographed 26 Apr 2019, privately held

Comment: Source includes date (1991).

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes calculated date (16 Feb 1991 [from obituary published 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday) and day of passing as "[last] Saturday"]) and location (Colonial Manor in Custer [, 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 92,96, dwelling 72

Comment: Source identifies George E. 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 30,34, dwelling 9

Comment: Source identifies George E. 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-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 10, household 3

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

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source identifies David Spear as a biological parent of George E. Spear.

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mother

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source identifies Eva (Maris) Spear as a biological parent of George E. Spear.

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Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Winifred E. Wilson (1901 – 1934)

Married: 15 Jun 1924 in Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 75, dwelling 149

Comment: Source identifies Winnifred E. Speer as the wife of George E. Speer.

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 15, 1924) and location (Murdo, S.D.) of the marriage of George E. Spear and Winifred E [Wilson].

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes year (1924) of marriage of [George Emmor Spear] and Winifred [Wilson].

marriage-spear-wilson-1924: Record of marriage for George E. Spear and Winifred E. Wilson (1924); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 25 Sep 2006) > “1924” image 1396; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota) and date (June 15th, 1924).

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes year (1924) and location (Murdo [, South Dakota]) of marraiage of George E. Spear and Winifred WIlson.

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 15, 1924) of the marriage between George E. Spear and Winifred Wilson.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 8, household 3

Comment: Source identifies Veronica J. [Spear] as the wife of George E. Spear.

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes date (May 4, 1935), and location (Quinn [, South Dakota]).

obituary-veronica-spear-2005: Obituary for Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear (2005); “Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 26 May 2005 (Thursday), page B2, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (May 4, 1935) and location (Quinn [, South Dakota]).

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Child: <private>

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Veronica "Phronie" Josephine Breck (1915 – 2005)

Married: 4 May 1935 in Quinn, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 75, dwelling 149

Comment: Source identifies Winnifred E. Speer as the wife of George E. Speer.

family-a-t-wilson-bible-register: Family register pages from A.T. Wilson Family Bible; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 15, 1924) and location (Murdo, S.D.) of the marriage of George E. Spear and Winifred E [Wilson].

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes year (1924) of marriage of [George Emmor Spear] and Winifred [Wilson].

marriage-spear-wilson-1924: Record of marriage for George E. Spear and Winifred E. Wilson (1924); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 25 Sep 2006) > “1924” image 1396; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota) and date (June 15th, 1924).

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes year (1924) and location (Murdo [, South Dakota]) of marraiage of George E. Spear and Winifred WIlson.

obituary-winifred-spear-1934: Obituary for Winifred (Wilson) Spear (1934); “Funeral for Mrs. Geo. Spear Held Thursday,” unknown newspaper, page unknown, column unknown; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (June 15, 1924) of the marriage between George E. Spear and Winifred Wilson.

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 8, household 3

Comment: Source identifies Veronica J. [Spear] as the wife of George E. Spear.

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes date (May 4, 1935), and location (Quinn [, South Dakota]).

obituary-veronica-spear-2005: Obituary for Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear (2005); “Veronica ‘Phronie’ Josephine Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 26 May 2005 (Thursday), page B2, column 1

Comment: Source includes date (May 4, 1935) and location (Quinn [, South Dakota]).

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Child: Georgia Sue Spear (1943 – 2001)

Child: <private>

Child: <private>

Child: <private>

Child: <private>

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: 19 Feb 1991 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Education Level: (8)

Employer: (Northwest Engineering) Aft Mar 1934

Employer: (Genevea Steel) Aug 1942 at Orem, Utah County, Utah, United States

Employer: (Menlove Construction) Abt Sep 1942 at Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States

Cemetery: (Hill City Cemetery) at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-george-veronica-spear-1991-2005: Gravestone of George E. (1991) and Veronica J. (2005) Spear; Hill City Cemetery (Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot location; photographed 26 Apr 2019, privately held

Comment: Source implies burial in Hill City, South Dakota.

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source includes location of intended burial (Hill City Cemetery) and implied date of 19 Feb 1991 (next Tuesday, for a story published Sunday, 17 Feb 1991).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes highest grade level (8).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date ([after] Winifred died in 1934) and employer (Northwest Engr.).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes presumed date (... until Aug. 1942. [when] The family moved to ...), employer (Geneva Steel), and location (Orem, UT).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes presumed date ("... until Aug. 1942. The family moved to ..." and that he worked for about 3 weeks before changing employer), employer (Menlove Const.), and location (Provo, UT).

marker-george-veronica-spear-1991-2005: Gravestone of George E. (1991) and Veronica J. (2005) Spear; Hill City Cemetery (Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota), unrecorded plot location; photographed 26 Apr 2019, privately held

Comment: Source shows marker located in cemetery (Hill City Cemetery, Hill City, South Dakota).

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

Comment: Source identifies cemetery (Hill City Cemetery [, Hill City, SD]).

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Attributes

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Linden, Dallas County, Iowa, 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: 15 Jun 1924 at Murdo, Jones County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (logger) Abt 1925

Residence: Abt 1925 at , , South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (machinist in a lumber mill) 1 Apr 1930

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Township 1 South Range 5 East, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (road construction laborer) Aft Mar 1934 at Interior, Jackson County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 1 Apr 1935 at Township 2 South Range 5 East, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Occupation: (hauling gravel) Abt Apr 1937

Residence: Abt Apr 1937 at Green River, Emery County, Utah, United States

Occupation: (feldspar miner) 1 Apr 1940

Residence: 1 Apr 1940 at Township 2 South Range 5 East, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: 13 Apr 1940 at Hill City, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

Residence: Aug 1942 at Provo, Utah County, Utah, United States

Residence: Abt Jul 1944 at Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States

Residence: Feb 1949 at Granger, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States

Residence: 1960 at Keystone, Pennington County, South Dakota, United States

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 96, 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: "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 34, dwelling 9

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

marriage-spear-wilson-1924: Record of marriage for George E. Spear and Winifred E. Wilson (1924); South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2017, database with images, Ancestry (https://ancestry.com: accessed 25 Sep 2006) > “1924” image 1396; citing “South Dakota Department of Health; Pierre, South Dakota; South Dakota Marriage Records, 1905-2016

Comment: Source includes location (Murdo, Jones County [, South Dakota]) and marriage date (June 15th, 1924).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (1925 or 26) and occupation (falling timber).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (1925 or 26) and location (to the hills ... in various logging camps). One of these was between the "old house" (D.C.'s house on the road between Hill City and Keystone) and Camp Judson (a Baptist summer camp).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Mashinist[sic] / Lumber Mill).

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Frac. T. 1S R5 [originally "Precinct No. 27", which was crossed out], County: Pennington, State: South Dakota).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date ([after] Winifred died in 1934), occupation (road construction), and location (near Interior, SD).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1935) and location (Township 2S Range 5E, Pennington County, South Dakota).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (late spring of 1937) and occupation (hauling gravel).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (late spring of 1937) and location (Green River, UT).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1940) and occupation (miner, felspar [feldspar]).

census-us-1940-ps-sd-pennington-84-1a: 1940 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 2S Range 5, enumeration district 52-84, sheet 1A; 1940 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before Aug 2018) > "Dakota > Pennington > Township 2 S Range 5 > 52-84" image 2; citing “Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA microfilm publication T627, roll 3865 (of 4643), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, household 3

Comment: Source includes date (1 Apr 1940) and location (Township 2S Range 5E, Pennington 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 (Hill City [, South Dakota]).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes presumed date (... until Aug. 1942. [when] The family moved to ...) and location (Provo, UT).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (summer of 1944) and location (Salt Lake [City, Utah]).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. of 1949) and location (Granger, UT).

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2

Comment: Source includes date (1960) and location (Keystone [, South Dakota]).

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Stories

Homesteading in South Dakota

[These two stories were told by George to Veronica, his wife.]

Story 1

We left Wessington Springs around the middle of April 1906 with two or three teams and wagons. My father and mother (Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Spear), my brother Kenneth and sister Mary.

We got to Chamberlain and ferried across the Missouri River, then camped about two miles west of the river on Medicine Creek.

It rained real hard that night and the next morning we had our first experience with gumbo. Everything was wet so Dad said we better drive up to the top of a little hill in the sunshine and dry everything out and eat breakfast.

So we hitched up and started out and the gumbo began to roll up on the wagon wheels; so Dad drove out in the grass and it started to roll up the grass. By the time we got to the top of the hill the wheels would hardly turn. But by after breakfast the mud had settled so it would not pick up anymore.

We got into Presho that night and set up camp as that was the end of the railroad at the time. Our emigrant car got in that night. We had all our household goods, an old sow, and a cow in it.

Milton Cook traveled with the livestock. We had brought his horses and wagon over land as he was homesteading about nine miles north of Dad's place.

It was raining when we left Presho with our first loads so we only got about twelve miles and stayed at Mr. England's place. The next morning there was a cold northeast drizzly rain falling so Mr. England suggested we leave wagons at his place and double the teams on the other two wagons as the ground was awfully soft.

We had to cross a creek just west of the buildings so Mr. England came and showed us where to cross and told us if we got too far upstream there was a hole that we could get stuck in. Dad and I had a load of lumber so we crossed first and made it ok, then pulled up on higher ground to see if Mr. Cook and Kenneth made it.

Well, they got a little too far upstream and got stuck in the hole Mr. England told us about. So Mr. England brought a wagon down and we unloaded everything off the hay rack that was stuck except for the old sow that was in a crate.

We still could not get the wagon out. So we got a block and tackle from Mr. England and tied onto the end of the wagon tongue and pulled the tongue out of the wagon. Dad finally had to get down under the rack and got a big rope around the front bolster and axle then with the block and tackle we got it out.

Meanwhile, our load of lumber had sunk in the mud and it was stuck. So after fixing the tongue on the hay rack, we unloaded some of the lumber and got the wagon out.

We stayed another night at the England's and started out the next morning in nice bright sunshine. We go to the homestead that night and dad and Kenneth built a three-cornered pen for the hog, then another one onto it and put some boards across the top in which we spent our first night on Wild Rose Valley, which was the last day of April 1906.

Mr. Cook went on to his place the next day, then came back and went back to Presho and brought the other two wagons from the England ranch. After we got back from Presho again, Dad built our claim shanty so we could bring mother and Mary and the rest of our stuff from Presho.

There were lots of chokecherries and plum bushes along White Clay Creek and we had a lot of wild fruit that year so we had a lot of wild fruit those first years on the claim.

There were also lots of prairie dogs and rattlesnakes. There were so many wild roses along the creek that folks called it Wild Rose Valley.

Story 2

I was working in the timber in the Black Hills in 1926 and Dad and Mom came out and spent the winter with us, and got out the lumber to build the present house in Wild Rose Valley. He shipped the lumber back in the spring of 1927 and he and Kenneth built the house in 1929 and 1930.

Dad was pretty fussy about his work so he used a knife to mark his boards with instead of pencil.

They finished the house in the spring of 1930 and Mom and Dad move to the Black Hills that summer to a little place they had bought in 1926.

Supporting evidence for:
stories

story-homesteading-in-south-dakota: George Spear, “Homesteading in South Dakota in 1906 at Wild Rose Valley,” as told to Veronica Spear, transcribed by <private>; email from <private>, sent Dec 2007

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General Notes and Anecdotes

As a young man, George had a Fordson tractor and helped farmers around Draper to break the prairie sod. The Fordson model F (almost certainly the model he owned) had a reputation not only for being difficult to start and run, but also for having a tendency to tip over backwards when moving up even a shallow incline. According to Wikipedia, "One farm magazine recommended that Ford paint a message on each Fordson: 'Prepare to Meet Thy God.'" [interview-<private>-2006-b]

After his marriage to Winnifred in 1924, the couple moved to the Black Hills in South Dakota in 1925 or 1926. In the hills they worked and lived in various logging camps just west Keystone (Pennington County) and northwest of Custer (Custer County). [interview-<private>-2006-b]

While George and Winnifred were in Pennington County in the middle of 1930, their household also included Winnifred's mother Marianna, and a boarder named Albert Fish. [This was not the infamous Albert Fish, who was almost 30 years older, and committing his crimes in New York and along the east coast.] [census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b]

After Winifred died in 1934, George's new son was given to the care of his Aunt Mary while George rebuilt his life, working for much of that time in road construction for Northwest Engineering near Interior (Jackson County, South Dakota). There he met Veronica, who worked as a nanny for the cafe owners and occasionally waited on tables. It was while working in the capacity as a waitress that she met George, and they were married in 1935. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

When they returned to the Hills that fall, they retrieved George's son from Mary and went to live with D.C. and Eva Spear in their cabin. The cabin had been purchased in 1926 or 1927 from Charlie and Grace Snyder. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

Although he did not build the cabin, D.C. did build the stone retaining wall in front. This took two years, using two horses and some basic tools: a stone boat (a sledge), chains, bars, hammers, and chisels. This wall has since become something of a local landmark. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

George worked in road construction for the next couple of years, heading to Wyoming about 1939, later returning to the Hills where he worked cutting pitch posts, trying his hand at prospecting, and gathering scrap metal. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

George ventured west to Nevada in 1940, to try his hand at prospecting for gold. This venture didn't pan out, and he returned after a few months. [interview-<private>-c1980s]

In 1942, the family moved to Provo (Utah County, Utah). George worked for about 3 weeks at Geneva Steel in Orem, then went to work for Menlove Construction and stayed with the company for the next 18 years. While in Provo, his daughter Georgia was born. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

The family moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 1944, where sons <private>, <private>, and <private> were born. In 1949 they moved to Granger, Utah, where daughter <private> was born (in Murray, where the closest hospital was located). [interview-<private>-2006-b]

During their stay in Salt Lake City, George and Veronica provide a temporary home for her brother Albert and his wife and children while he looked for construction work in Utah. [interview-<private>-kelly-2009]

The family moved back to Keystone in 1960, living in the cabin they had left in 1942. George tried his hand at mining but was unable to earn a living from it, so he worked in maintenance for an ore processing plant in Keystone, and did some carpentry for individuals. He finally retired in the early 1960's, and soon started building a new house behind the cabin. [interview-<private>-2006-b]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

interview-<private>-2006-b: Email conversation with <private>, 12 Oct 2006; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2.

interview-<private>-c1980s: Notes from conversation with <private>, 1980s; privately held.

interview-<private>-2009: Email conversation with <private>, 16-17 Dec 2009; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #2.

obituary-george-spear-1991: Obituary for George E. Spear (1991); “George E. Spear,” Rapid City Journal (Rapid City, South Dakota), 17 Feb 1991 (Sunday), page C2, column 3

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

SPELLING

Surname: This database uses Spear. The 1930 U.S. Census uses Speer. [census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b]

FOLLOWUP

The D. C. Spear family may have been living in Wessington Springs, South Dakota from about 1903 to 1906, moving from there to Lyman County, South Dakota in April/May 1906. However, there is no direct reference to George in those parts. While he was almost certainly included in "family" the source does not report that, so his presence at that time isn't being recorded as a fact in this database. [book-proving-up-jones-county-history-1969]

Although the obituary of David C. Spear indicates he lived in Hill City, this was likely only his postal address, and he still lived outside of town. [obituary-david-spear-1940]

Although the compiler (Bradley Spear) knows that George worked as a carpenter while employed by Menlove Construction from 1942, I don't have direct source evidence for that.

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”

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), pp. 413-415, "Spear Family" (Mary Willett Spear), p. 415.

census-us-1930-ps-sd-pennington-66-7b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, South Dakota, Pennington County, Township 1 (T1SR5), enumeration district 52-66, sheet 7B (form/penned) or page 224B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 18 August 2018) > "South Dakota > Pennington > Township 1 > District 0066" image 14; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 2229 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2341963]

Additional detail for reference: Line 74, dwelling 149

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Sources

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