Henry Spalding

Henry Spalding

Vermont, USA
Death 22 Mar 1918 (aged 61)
Ocean Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 6, Lot 93, 5 ft. NWC
Memorial ID 74180751 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1871.

Henry Spalding married Isabelle Ferrell on February 23, 1879 in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota. Isabelle Ferrell's mother married at least four times and one of the men she married was George Whitney in 1873. George was Isabelle's stepfather along with at least two other men.

•See Myrta Bixby Murray.
•See Frederick Mervin "Buff" McNaughton.
•See Patrick Ryan.
•See Fred S. Parker.
•See Emma E. Forsythe.
•See Edwin Peck.
•See Lee Chung.
•See Hattie May Emerson Parker.
•See James McCabe.
•See Andrew H. Leighton.
•See John E. Pryde.
•See William A. Fleming.
•See James Dewar.
•See Allen F. Ferris.
•See Rachel E. Borders, Clifford Borders and Claude Borders.
•See Jennie Gaudern Bivins.
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•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

In 1879 Henry Spalding married Isabelle Ferrell who had arrived in Brainerd in 1873. These two then lived in Duluth before returning to Brainerd where their daughter was born in 1881, in 1882 they [Henry] built their own house on North Ninth Street. Ed White's house was on the corner of North Tenth and Main Streets with the Joe Kiebler house between Spalding and White. Hill's Bakery was directly across the Street. In 1885 Henry went into partnership with David Slipp of Slipp Brothers Hardware and took over the management of the new Villard Hotel. In 1886 he opened the Poor Farm under the auspices of Crow Wing County and in February of 1888 he was appointed Crow Wing County Sheriff. Moved to Crosby to run the Spalding Hotel.

                        Long Runs.

      A correspondent of the Pioneer Press, writing from Bismarck, says the "passenger conductors between Fargo and Bismarck travel more miles than any other conductors in the United States," daily we presume. We do not have to go far to beat this and on the same road, for Henry Spalding conductor of the passenger train between Brainerd and Duluth, who doubles the road daily, beats them about 36 miles per day, and allowing 26 working days in the month, nearly 1,000 miles per month. In this connection we will state that Henry is building up for himself a reputation as a railroad man, a faithful officer and a popular conductor, which is second only to that of his father, Capt. Spalding, and when we say that, we pay him the highest compliment we can. (Brainerd Tribune, 17 August 1878, p. 1, c. 4)

      A fracas occurred on the Duluth train on Thursday, between two brakemen—Brauley and Sargent—in which a lantern, a chair and some articles of freight in the car they occupied were demolished, when Brauley finally drew the stove poker and struck at Sargent’s head, missing him and striking the conductor, Henry Spalding (who was endeavoring to stop the affray), on the left arm between the elbow and wrist, nearly breaking his arm. The poker cut through his overcoat, undercoat, shirt sleeve and the flesh to the bone, and for some time the bone was thought to be broken. Had it struck Sargent’s head, as intended, it would have killed him instantly. The combatants have both been laid off by Mr. DeLamere, the train dispatcher, pending the return of Mr. Towne from the east. The conductor will be laid up for a long time. (Brainerd Tribune, 28 December 1878, p. 4, c. 1)

      Henry Spalding, conductor on the Brainerd and Duluth division of the N. P., met a severe accident on Thursday morning last while coupling cars at Duluth. His right hand was caught between the bumpers, badly mutilating three fingers. (Brainerd Tribune, 08 March 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

      "It's a boy, I said it would be. I knew it would be a boy all the time, and its a buster," so says Hank Spalding since Monday morning last at 9 o'clock—(he hadn't much to say about it before that). "What will you have, boys?" Mrs. Spalding is doing well and so is Grandpa. (Brainerd Tribune, 29 November 1879, p. 4, c. 1)

                 It is Sheriff Spalding.

      Malcolm McLaren tended his resignation as sheriff of Crow Wing county to the commissioners on Tuesday which was accepted by them. A vote was taken for the appointment of a new sheriff and it was the unanimous voice of the body that Henry Spalding fill the office during the remainder of the term. The appointment was undoubtedly the best that could be made and the people throughout the city and county are unanimous in their support of the action of the commissioners. Mr. Spalding has been a resident of Brainerd for many years, is a son of Capt. W. P. Spalding, and has never been known as an office seeker. For some time he was a popular conductor on the Northern Pacific road, later on he was a member of the firm of Slipp & Spalding, proprietors of the Villard [Hotel], and since his retirement has lived on his farm in the town of Oak Lawn. That the gentleman will fill the office in a manner that will meet with the approval of the people there is no doubt. (Brainerd Dispatch, 10 February 1888, p. 4, c. 4)

      Sheriff Saplding, who has been dangerously ill for the past week, is very much better, and completed recovery is probably certain. Mr. Spalding's severe illness is the result of an injury received by a colt kicking him on the ankle. He at first thought nothing of the injury, although it made him quite lame, but in a few days it began to swell and blood poisoning resulted, and for several days his life was despaired of. We are glad to note his recovery. (Brainerd Dispatch, 14 September 1888, p. 4, c. 4)

      Henry Spalding has so far recovered as to be able to sit up a few minutes at a time. Although it will be some time before he fully recovers his strength, he will be able to be out in three or four weeks. (Brainerd Dispatch, 12 October 1888, p. 4, c. 3)

      Henry Spalding and M. Hagberg this week purchased the summer resort known as Lake View on Long lake, from Mrs. Sarah L. Sleeper. The place will not be open to the public the proprietor having purchased it for his own private use. (Brainerd Dispatch, 02 June 1893, p. 4, c. 4)

      The DISPATCH inadvertently stated that M. Hagberg was interested in the purchase of the Lake View property, which is not the case. H. Spalding is the owner. (Brainerd Dispatch, 09 June 1893, p. 4, c. 3)

      Sheriff and Mrs. Spalding entertained a number of their friends on Wednesday evening at their summer residence at Lake View. Progressive euchre and various other games were indulged in, followed by a sumptuous feed. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Slipp, Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Wieland, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Ingersoll, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Snyder, Mrs. A. E. Losey, Mrs. Dittmier, Mrs. J. N. Nevers, Mrs. W. H. DeShon, Mrs. Geo. Ames, Mrs. Bolton, Miss Amy Lowey, Miss Bessie Mulrine, Messrs. Leon E. Lum and W. S. McClenahan. (Brainerd Dispatch, 31 January 1896, p. 4, c. 4)

                Took Them By Storm.

      On Tuesday evening between forty and fifty of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. H. Spalding surprised them at their home at Lake View, taking possession of the house and in fact the entire premises which were held without opposition from the owners until broad day light on Wednesday morning. The visitors made the trip by sleigh taking refreshments with them and also Whitford's orchestra and after a hearty reception by Mr. Spalding and his estimable wife the floor was cleared and dancing commenced and continued until a late hour. Supper was partaken of at midnight. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Hoar, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Alderman, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Ferris, Mr. and Mrs F. W. Wieland, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Slipp, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. McCulloch, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Parker Waite, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ames, Dr. J. L. Camp, Mrs. T. J. Hartley, Mrs. A. V. Snyder, Miss Bessie Mulrine, Miss Weld [sic], Mrs. Fannie Smith, Mrs. N. McFadden, Miss Bessie Treglawney, Mrs. H. I. Cohen, Mrs. J. N. Nevers, Mrs. C. Ditmar, Mrs. C. N. Parker, Mrs. E. Waite. (Brainerd Dispatch, 25 February 1898, p. 8, c. 2)

      Saturday was H. Spalding's birthday, and a number of his friends arranged a party and took him and his estimable wife by surprise, arriving at their home at Lake View at 8 o'clock on that evening, taking a bountiful supply of good things to sustain the inner man with them. A very pleasant evening was the result, and a bounteous supper was served at 11 o'clock. During the course of the evening Mr. Spalding was presented with a handsome easy chair, the gift of his friends. Miss Irma Parker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Parker, also presented Mr. and Mrs. Spalding with a set of Haviland china fruit plates. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs George Ames, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Hoar, Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Ingersoll, Mrs. Ditmar, Miss Bessie Mulrine, Mrs. F. B [sic]. Smith, Mrs. N. McFadden, Mrs. A. V. Snyder, Miss Bessie Treglawny, Mrs. T. J. Hartley, Miss Wold [sic], Dr. Bruns, H. D. Treglawny, W. S. McClenahan. (Brainerd Dispatch, 25 March 1898, p. 4, c. 2)

                 DESTROYED BY FIRE.

    H. Spalding's Fine Residence Property
            at Lake View Burned to the

      The splendid residence of H. Spalding at Lake View was totally destroyed by fire last Saturday morning. The fire occurred about 9 o'clock. Mr. Spalding was in the city at the time and did not learn of his loss until after dinner. The fire probably caught from a stove upstairs. It was a very cold day, with a high northwest wind, and a brisk fire was kept going. Mrs. Spalding says she filled the stove and then proceeded with her work downstairs. In about half an hour she heard something fall overhead, and on going to the stairs discovered that the whole upper portion of the building was in flames. She ran to the barn where the hired man was, and called him to assist her to subdue the flames, but their efforts were of no avail. An effort was then made to remove some of the more valuable of their goods from the burning building, but with the exception of a few pieces of solid silverware and cut glass articles that Mrs. Spalding prized very highly nothing was saved. No clothing whatever except what was worn was gotten out. Mr. Spalding figures his loss at more than $5,000. A great many things were burned, that they would not have parted with for any consideration, although not of great intrinsic value. The building was insured for $3,000, and $750 was carried on the furniture and piano. Mr. and Mrs. Spalding have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their fine home. Indeed their many friends who have enjoyed their unbounded hospitality in the past feel a personal loss, and hope that they will rebuild in the spring. (Brainerd Dispatch, 02 March 1900, p. 1, c. 3)

                    New Drug Store.

      Henry Spalding has leased the store building at the corner of 6th and Front streets, now occupied by Beach & Son's grocery, and will put in a stock of drugs as soon as the room is vacated and suitably renovated and repaired. This is unquestionably one of the best points in the city for a drug store and Mr. Spalding is to be congratulated on securing so excellent a location. Mr. Spalding is not a druggist himself, but he has secured the services of Mr. E. M. Irish, for many years the popular and efficient prescription clerk for M. K. Swartz. Mr. Spalding never does anything by halves, hence will make the new store one of the best equipped and most complete drug stores in the state. He will give the business his personal attention, and will no doubt do a large share of the drug business of the city, as he is thoroughly acquainted not only in the city but throughout the county, and his friends are numbered by his acquaintances. (Brainerd Dispatch, 20 April 1900, p. 1, c. 3)

                 The New Drug Store.

      H. Spalding's new drug store at the corner of 6th and Front street was opened on Tuesday morning, although all of his fixtures had not arrived. They were delayed by the strikes prevailing in the cities. However, his goods had arrived and his show cases were in place, and Mr. Spalding concluded to open without his prescription case and other delayed fixtures. Everything about the store is new and attractive, and at night it is brilliantly lighted by a large number of incandescent lamps mounted on elegant brass fixtures. The furniture is all a handsome golden oak. A magnificent soda fountain has been put in, and Mr. Spalding was dispensing delicious drinks with a free hand on the opening day. That he will do a splendid business his great personal popularity, wide acquaintance and splendid location has rendered certain, and his many friends wish him great success. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 June 1900, p. 1, c. 3)


 Henry Spalding and C. Bruce Nimmo Have
         Reached an Agreement and the
                       Latter Retires.

      The disagreement over the possession of the "Owl Drug Store," which was closed on a chattel mortgage foreclosure procedure some time ago has been settled and H. Spalding is now in possession of the store and premises.
      It will be remembered that H. Spalding and C. Bruce Nimmo entered into a partnership agreement some months ago. They did a nice business, but finally Mr. Spalding wanted to sell out and did sell the interest he had in the stock, etc., for a stipulated sum which was to be paid in $100 installments by Mr. Nimmo, payable monthly. The payments were all kept up but Mr. Spalding had an idea that the stock was being reduced, it having been agreed that Mr. Nimmo was to keep the stock up.
      On this point he brought action to foreclose the chattel mortgage held against Mr. Nimmo. The store was closed by the sheriff and has been in his possession for several days.
      Wednesday, after the work of taking stock, etc., had been completed the two gentlemen reached an agreement, Mr. Spalding paying Mr. Nimmo a cash price for his interest, taking a bill of sale for the entire outfit.
      Mr. Spalding has not decided what he will do with the store. He will open it up, engaging a competent druggist for a time, but he will in all probability sell out to someone looking for a good location. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 November 1901, p . 1, c. 2)

      Contractor Kreatz has finished the work of putting in the glass front for H. Spalding in the latter's building on Front street. It makes a very neat front and the Lion Clothing Co. will have one of the finest stores in the city. They expect to move about Thursday. (Brainerd Dispatch, 01 November 1901, p. 8, c. 2)

               LIKELY TO BE TROUBLE.

    The Lion Clothing Company Will Close
          Out in This City Although They
              Leased Spalding Building.

      It will be remembered that shortly after H. Spalding had bought the building which was occupied by McColl, the photographer, that he rented the same to the Lion Clothing Company. A verbal agreement had been made and a lease taken by the company from for a term of two years. Now the firm has decided to go out of business in this city since the recent escapade of Morris Dryer.
      Mr. Spalding made the improvements in the building subject to the company's demands and even went so far as to put in a new front. Several hundred dollars were expended in fixing up the place and now Mr. Spalding feels that he has a grievance coming. (Brainerd Dispatch, 08 November 1901, p. 1, c. 2)

            HENRY SPALDING
                              PASSED AWAY

      Brainerd Business Man Died in Los
       Angeles, Cal., From Gall Trouble
                   at the Age of 63


        Widely Known as a Hotel Man in
       Brainerd and Crosby, Opening the
              Spalding Hotel on Range

      Henry Spalding, age 63, well known business man of Brainerd, died Friday night at 10 o'clock at Ocean Park, California, where he was spending the winter with his family, gall trouble being the cause of his demise. The remains will be sent to Brainerd arriving here March 31 and the funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 2:30 P. M. at the Episcopal church. Friends are asked to omit flowers.
      Mr. Spalding leaves a wife and two children, Henry Spalding, Jr., manager of a hotel at Winona and Mrs. Bert Parker.
      The Spalding family came from Ohio and the father of Henry Spalding was a captain and lieutenant of the Fifth Vermont. They came to Minnesota in 1870 and Capt. Spalding was first with the construction department of the Northern Pacific railway. He was conductor on the first train run on the line, which then extended from Duluth to Brainerd, the train being a special run March 11, 1871, from Duluth to Brainerd. In later years Capt. Spalding was probate judge.
      Henry Spalding was a conductor for years on the Northern Pacific, then entered business life, later was elected sheriff of Crow Wing county several terms. He conducted the Spalding cafe in Brainerd and in recent years the Spalding hotel in Crosby. Upon disposing of his interests in Crosby he became interested in California and had expected to go in the hotel business in Los Angeles.
      He was married to Miss Elizabeth [sic [Isabelle] Whitney [sic] [Ferrell] in Brainerd and the wife and the two children named survive. He was a member of Aurora Lodge of Masons, the Chapter and Commanders and is said to have belonged to the Woodmen.
      Mr. Spalding was of a kindly, gentle nature and made many friends. To the sorrowing family is extended the deep sympathy of the community. (Brainerd Dispatch, 25 March 1918, p. 5, c. 1)

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