|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1926|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1972|
Veteran: WW II.
h/o Winifred Jenkins.
Birth: 1st of four children, Marshfield, Webster county, Missouri
Census: 1930, age 3 at Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with parents and younger sister, at 1204 south Main street.
Census: 1940, age 14 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri with parents & three siblings at 1410 Grand avenue.
Harry and I attended Wentworth Military Academy summer of 1943 and during 1947 Christmas vacation, we drove his father's new Packard to Huntington, West Virginia to spend a few days with his then girl friend, where I ran into a fellow cadet from New Mexico Military Institute at one of the gala events. On the trip home we went through a snow and ice storm, the likes of which seldom occur in that area, but we made it home without stopping, as most trucks, buses and smarter folks had done.
Harry was living in the old Peiffer house just north of his parents at 1404 Grand avenue where our school teacher Miss Elizabeth Peiffer had lived out her life. Behind which, to the east, was his sister Helen's Carthage home, once occupied by Mrs James (Miriam) Luke.
Death: at McCune-Brooks hospital in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Obituary: contributed by N Brewer, Carthage, Missouri
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS OBITUARY FRIDAY JUNE 2, 1972
HARRY M. SPRADLING
Harry Montgomery Spradling 46, 1404 Grand Avenue [next door north to mother], prominent, nationally known industrialist died early this morning at McCune-Brooks Hospital where he was admitted at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday May 21. Following surgery early this week, he was reported in extremely critical condition early Wednesday but by late Wednesday was believed in much improved condition. His death this morning was unexpected.
Born April 3, 1926, at Marshfield, he was virtually a lifelong resident of Carthage and at the time of his death was president of Refrigerated Services, Inc., and H & W. Foods, Inc. A graduate of Carthage high School with the class of 1944 and a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. Mr. Spradling served during World War II with the U.S. Army.
Son of the late Harry Ambrose Spradling and Mrs. Helen Montgomery Spradling, 1410 Grand Avenue, he was a member and a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church and a member of the Masonic Order and the Shrine. His numerous positions of civic and professional leadership included presidency of the National Association of Refrigerated Warehousemen, Refrigeration Research Foundation, Carthage Industrial Development Corporation and Carthage Rotary Club.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son; Harry M. Spradling, Jr. 10 and two daughters; Emily Sarah Spradling, 15 and Cecilia Jenkins Spradling, 13 all of Shawnee Mission, Kansas a brother; James R. Spradling, 204 West Macon St. two sisters; Mrs. E. E. Boylan, Caracas, Venezuela and Mrs. Robert Platt (now Mrs Richard Lacarni), Route 3
Funeral services were held at the Ulmer Funeral Home The Rev. Canon Vincent Root, rector of Grace Episcopal Church officiated. Assisted by Rev. R. Dunham Tayler, D.D. rector of Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd, Germantown, Pennsylvania.
A National Defense Representative of the Interstate Commerce Commission, Mr. Spradling came to Carthage in 1927 when his father purchased Carthage Ice and Cold Storage at 501 North Main St., a firm which had been established here in 1890 by Anheuser-Busch. At that time the plant dealt only with the production and distribution of ice. The father immediately acquire modern ice wagons drawn by the finest horses available and the firm prospered. In 1934, expansion into the cold storage business was launched when Carthage Ice attracted to the city Bowman and Company, now Standard Brands, Inc.
The son became active in the industrial enterprise at an early age and added his energy and enthusiasm to that of his father in constant efforts to expand the facility and to attract additional agri-business firms to Carthage and stimulate agricultural production and economic growth of the district. Among firms which have located here as a result of Spradling family efforts are;
Edward Aaron Poultry Company
White Produce Company
Bowman and Standard Brands
Shefford Cheese Co.
L. D. Schreiber Cheese Company
Vanderford Produce Company
Safeway Cheese Company
Carthage Poultry Company
Country Kitchens which became Fox Deluxe Foods and Party Steak Company
The original firm was renamed in 1962, becoming Refrigerated Services, and its service area expanded to embrace the entire region. The elder Mr. Spradling died October 25, 1964. At that time he was chairman of the board of Refrigerated Services, a post which shortly thereafter was assumed by his widow, and the younger Mr. Spradling was president.
The family also acquired H & W Foods, Inc. headquartered in Joplin, and led in its expansion as a major factor in the district's economy, and established RSI Investment Co. In August, 1968, Refrigerated Services, H & W. Foods and RSI Investment were purchased by American Consumer Industries, Inc., New York City, with members of the Spradling family continuing in executive positions. September 24, 1971, separation of the Spradling family interests from American Consumer was announced and both Refrigerated Services and H & W. Foods were returned to local control with Mrs. Spradling as board chairman, and the son Harry M. Spradling as president and the daughter Mrs. Ida Ruth Platt as assistant secretary-treasurer and director of Refrigerated Services; Mrs. H. A. Spradling and Mrs. Platt as directors of H & W. Foods. The daughter, Mrs. Helen S. Boylan also was involved in ownership of the firms.
July 30, 1953, while serving secretary and general manager of Carthage Ice, Harry M. Spradling was elected to the Cost Committee of the National Association of Refrigerated Warehousemen, later becoming International, of which he became treasurer in 1962 and president in 1964. At the time of his death he was serving on the Trends and Public Relations of this organization. Richard M. Powell, president of IARW, Washington, D.C., said this morning that Mr. Spradling was one of the most outstanding contributors of the association. He was elected February 24, 1958, as president of Carthage Industrial Development corporation and was re-elected in 1959. He again was chosen president of the CIDC in 1961 and in that capacity he provided the initiative for several industrial expansions and additions here.
He was among four men in the nation appointed August 20, 1958 by President Eisenhower to the Interstate Commerce Commission as National Defense Representatives. He was chosen to represent the cold storage industry in event of national emergency. In 1959, he headed the Missouri Valley Warehousemen's Association and in 1961 became a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Carthage.
May 9, 1968 he was named vice president of the Refrigeration Research Foundation, becoming it's president the following year.
Following transfer of ownership of Refrigerated Services and H & W Foods in 1968, he continued as president of H & W and directed all food subsidiaries of American Consumer Industries. He also was vice president of American Consumer. January 19, 1969 he was named president of Tranin Egg Products Company, a subsidiary of United States Cold Storage Corporation.
As consumer vice president he was in charge of 22 cold storage warehouses in the mainland U.S. and Hawaii. Further expansion of Refrigerated Services and H & W Foods followed resumption of Spradling family control and with the firm hand of Harry M. Spradling at the helm.
Early this year he joined John N. Griesemer, president of General Warehouse Corporation, Springfield, in announcing acquisiton of additional cold storage facilities of the Springfield firm for use by the Carthage industry. Involved was some 1,200,000 cubic feet of freezer and 800,010 feet of cooler space, part of an underground warehouse complex. The agreement also included arrangements for pool car and truck distribution and consolidated shipments of products.
Mr. Spradling's participation in community affairs was constant. He was a former member of the board of First United Methodist Church, former member of the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, former trustee of the Carthage YMCA and former member of the Board of Directors of Carthage Chamber of Commerce. He was among those who provided leadership for establishment of the Jasper County Development Association.
He also participatged in several capacities in a series of musical comedy presentations sponsored by Carthage Rotary Club and Carthage Music Club as mens of obtaining scholarship funds for area students.
Both he and his father were among area leaders active in supporting the conservation and irrigation proposals of Eugene M. Gene Poirot as a route toward increased agricultural productivity for the area and in consulting with representatives of state and federal governmental agencies in search of widespread adoption of the experimental practices as a step toward improving the agri-business economy not only of this district but of the entire nation. Mr. Spradling's influence was felt at local, district, regional and national evels and his counsel was sought by industrial and business leaders in many related field of endeavor.
A memorial scholarship fund is being established in his name for Missouri Southern State College (now University) students.
Father: Harry Ambrose Spradling b: 13 OCT 1885 Ste Genevieve county, Missouri
Mother: Sarah Helen Montgomery b: 11 OCT 1894 Marceline, Linn county, Missouri
Marriage: Winifred Jenkins b: 10 SEP 1929 in Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri
Married: 31 AUG 1949, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Meyer at Wornall, Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri
Divorced about 1966
Emily Sarah "Sally" Spradling b: about 1957 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Cecelia Jenkins Spradling b: about 1959 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Harry Montgomery "Monty" Spradling b: about 1962 Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri
Bio information in part by Bill Boggess.
Harry Ambrose Spradling (1885 - 1964)
Sarah Helen Montgomery Spradling (1894 - 1980)
Winifred Jenkins Spradling (1929 - 2000)*
Harry Montgomery Spradling (1926 - 1972)
Helen Elizabeth Spradling Boylan (1927 - 1992)*
James Robert Spradling (1935 - 2010)*
Plot: b 33 , l 25
Created by: Bill
Record added: Nov 15, 2010
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