The late A.H. Spaulding, one of Glasco's brightest and most distinguished citizens, and an old pioneer who settled in the Solomon valley in 1865, was an Ohioan by birth, born in Belmont county in 1843. He was one of six brothers and five sisters, children of William and Mary Spaulding, all of whom lived to be grown. Of the brothers known in Cloud county is Henry H., who was one of the very first residents of Glasco, but now living in Salem, Oregon, and Joseph, a well-to-do farmer near Wamego.
A.H. Spaulding homesteaded the place known as the William Thompson farm. on Fisher creek, in the meantime working on the extension of the Union Pacific Railway west from Junction City, along with Thomas Jones, of Glasco. Later he engaged, in a general merchandise store with J.M. Copeland and A.F. Bullock.
Mr. Spaulding was elected commissioner of Cloud county in 1877, serving three years. In the autumn of 1883 he was elected to the office of registrar of deeds, and as an evidence of his popularity he received all but six votes in Solomon, and about the same in Lyon, an adjoining township. In 1886 he positively declined a nomination which was equivalent to an election, and returning from Concordia built the pleasant home just north of the city limits of Glasco, where he enjoyed life until his death in 1896.
Mr. Spaulding's memory is held sacred by his friends and comrades at Glasco, and it has been recorded that his was a life singularly free from the taint and contamination of sins which beset, entangle, and capture so many erring mortals along life's pathway. He was a very excellent man, - modest, retiring, conscientious and well informed, - and a man of pleasing address and of unusual good judgment. At his death the family lost a kind husband, an indulgent father and Glasco a citizen who went down into the valley of the shadow of death with a page clean and fair. Mr. Spaulding was connected with every worthy enterprise for the good of the community. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was buried by the rites of that order.
Mr. Spaulding was married April 14, 1872, to Caroline E. Copeland, a most excellent woman, who survives him. Mrs. Spaulding was born near Vienna, Illinois, where she lived until twenty-one years of age. Her parents were Isaac and Ellen (Cove) Copeland, who died within the same week and when Mrs. Spaulding was but an infant four weeks old, leaving a family of five children, the eldest of whom was but twelve years old, a daughter, who married at the age of fifteen. Mrs. Spaulding lived with this sister until twenty-one years of age, when she came to live with a sister and brother, the latter J.M. Copeland, then a merchant of Glasco; where she met and married Mr. Spaulding.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding: The eldest, a son, died in infancy. The four living are, Maud, wife of S.R. Haynes, a mail clerk on the Missouri Pacific Railroad from Atchison to Downs, married August 17, 1901. Mrs. Haynes until the spring of 1902 was engaged in the millinery business for about six years and very successfully. She was the leading milliner during that time, carrying a stock of about fifteen hundred dollars, with annual sales of twenty-five hundred dollars. Mrs. Haynes bought the Studt stock of millinery in 1806, assuming the responsibility without any capital, paid for the stock within two years from the proceeds of sales, and also bought the building where her store was located. Mrs. Haynes is a graduate of the Glasco high school and attended the high school at Concordia one year. She is accomplished in music and for several years has been the organist at the Presbyterian church and Sabbath school. The Spaulding boys are, Elmer, a resident of Oregon, located at Heppner, where he is employed as clerk in a store. Frank and George rent and operate the farm.
George Spaulding served two years in the Philippine war, and was a member of Company D, Forty-fourth Kansas Regiment, under Captain Curtis and Generals Smith and Hughes. He enlisted in 1899 and returned July 4, 1900. They were mustered into service at Beloit and were mustered out of service in San Francisco, June 30, 1901. He was in the battles of Tinanawan, Negros Island, Valencia and Ormoc (the two latter on White Island) and in many other skirmishes and minor engagements. He was in the hospital four months from a severe attack of dysentery, followed by throat trouble, which reduced his weight from one hundred and thirty-nine to ninety pounds. Mr. Spaulding enlisted at the age of eighteen years, and was the only Glasco boy to respond to the call for volunteers.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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