|Dr. R. H. Spence
Born December 13, 1874
|Dr. R. H. Spence, who since 1901 has been engaged in the practice of medicine at Wyoming, where he is now enjoying an extensive and lucrative patronage, was born on the 13th of December, 1874. His parents, John and Isabel (Swank) Spence, were both natives of the state of Ohio. The father, whose birth occurred in the year 1829, followed general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in defense of the Union as a member of Company 1, Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for three and a half years. He participated in many hotly contested engagements and was wounded at the battle of Perryville, Kentucky. His demise occurred in 1905.
R. H. Spence, who was the youngest child in a family of two sons and three daughters, supplemented his preliminary education by a high-school course in Ohio and subsequently attended Maryville College at Maryville, Tennessee. Having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he then entered the Miami Medical College at Cincinnati, Ohio, from which he was graduated in 1901. The same year he located for practice in Wyoming, Jones county, where he has since remained, his patronage continually growing in volume and importance. He keeps in touch with the advancement that is being made in the line of his chosen profession through his membership in the County, State and National Medical Societies.
In 1903, Dr. Spence was united in marriage to Miss Eva May Weingartner, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, and of German descent. Prior to her marriage she was a teacher in the Cincinnati schools. Unto Dr. and Mrs. Spence has been born a son, Willard Cooper, whose birth occurred on the 18th of October, 1905. Fraternally the Doctor is identified with Keystone Lodge, A.F.&A.M., of Wyoming, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Presbyterian church. While yet a young man, he has already attained a creditable position in professional circles, while the salient characteristics of his manhood are such as have brought him the warm regard of those with whom he has been otherwise associated.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 66.
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