|Birth: ||May 8, 1829|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 15, 1906|
A member of Company B of the Mariposa Battalion, a California Militia under Major James D. Savage, that is credited with discovering Yosemite Valley in 1851.
PIONEER CITIZEN PASSES TO THE OTHER WORLD.
Champlain H. Spencer, After a Life of Usefulness and Activity, Slumbers Peaceful in the Grave.—Buried Under the Auspices of the Masonic Order.
After seven months of weary suffering, Captain Champlain Hale Spencer passed to his final rest last Sunday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock. The immediate cause of his death was cancer of the stomach.
Saturday he announced to his friends that he would die the day following, and made all funeral arrangements, even to the selection of the pallbearers.
He maintained consciousness up to the time of his death, although he was unable to speak at any time Sunday.
HIS LIFE CAREER
Champlain Hale Spencer was born at Rochester, N. Y., May 8, 1829. he graduated from Hamilton College, at Clinton, N. Y., in 1849, and afterwards entered the practice of law in Chicago.
He was married to Sarah Mather, October 12, 1857, and from this union five children were born. Only two married daughters now survive.
In 1893, Captain Spencer was divorced from his first wife, and was later united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Caldwell.
In the year of 1870 he removed to Florida and settled in Orita, on the peninsula opposite Port Orange. Here he remained until 1889, when he came to Daytona and again resumed the practice of law. Before moving to Daytona, however, he held the position of inspector in the light house service of the South Atlantic Coast, and made his inspection trips from Charleston, S. C. to Key West in a sailboat.
Since coming to Daytona Captain Spencer has been prominently identified with the interests of the city.For years he held the office of city attorney, and drafted the city charter and most of the city ordinances.
Of Captain Spencer it can truly be said that he was a true friend, a kind husband and father, and was ever willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
During his almost forty years residence in and around Daytona, he had come in contact with nearly every resident of the county, and there was, perhaps, no one better known throughout the county than he. He made many friends, but few enemies, and his death will be sincerely regretted by all.
THE LAST SAD RITES
Typical of the man's life was the unostentious [sic] funeral of Champlain H. Spencer, which occurred from his late residence Monday afternoon.
The funeral was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic order. Scores of the associates and old time residents assembled at the house and were in waiting when Halifax Lodge, No. 81, Free and Accepted Masons, arrived in a body. The solemn and impressive funeral rites of the Masonic order were spoken by Galen B. Seaman at the house, after which the Masons acted as an escort to the cemetery, where the concluding ceremonies were performed at the grave.
The profusion of flowers about the casket was a loving testimonial of the esteem in which Captain Spencer was held by the citizens of Daytona.
The pall bearers were D. D. Rogers, William Atwood, M. H. Zuber, S. H. Gove, William Jackson and [sic]
The interment was in Pinewood Cemetery.
The funeral arrangements were in charge of the __ngham __ey C____.
Source: The Daytons Gazette, Daytona, Florida, 21 Apr 1906, Page 1
Sarah Mather Spencer (1836 - 1902)
Mary L. Spencer (1837 - 1917)
Julia B. Spencer (1862 - 1945)*
Mary M. Spencer (1866 - 1921)*
Created by: Barb Walker
Record added: Jan 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64840600
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