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Date: 7/2/2004 at 17:52:49

Biography reproduced from page 386 of the History of Kossuth and Humboldt Counties, Iowa published in 1884:

S. C. Spear dispenses general merchandise in connection with dry goods. His business dates from October, 1870. His present building was erected by him in the spring of 1877, and is 22x93 feet in dimensions.

S. C. Spear was born in Philadelphia, Penn., in June, 1843, and was reared and educated in Boston, Mass., and from his sixteenth year has been engaged in the clothing business. In 1868 he went to Portsmouth, N. H., and Portland, Maine, where he remained until 1868. He then came west and visited the cities of Chicago, Ill.; Dubuque, Iowa; Charles City, Iowa and other places, and engaged in business for a short time at Manchester, Iowa. In 1870, he came to Algona, engaging in general merchandise business, handling dry goods, clothing, groceries, etc. He is still engaged in the business carrying a large stock and doing a good business. Mr. Spear enlisted, in 1864, in company C, 42d Massachusetts regiment, serving with Gen. Phil Sheridan. He married, in 1870, Emeline C. Strout, a native of Portland, Maine. They have one child—Alice E.


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