A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People

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9781230427201: A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ... of Gate of the Temple Chapter, No. 35, R. A. M.; of Montrose Commandery, No. 38, K. T.; of Ahmed Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S.; and of Hancock Lodge, No. 381, B. P. O. E. James R. Spencer.--Making good use of the opportunities our nation offers to men of energy, worth and ability to rise by their own efforts to commanding positions in the business world, James R. Spencer has gained an honorable position in legal circles, and is successfully engaged in the practice of his profession at Iron Mountain. A native of England, he was born, May 20, 1862, near the city of Hull, Yorkshire, a son of John Spencer. His grandfather, James Spencer, was born in the parish of Riston, Yorkshire, England, of substantial English ancestry, and spent his ninety years of earthly life in his native county. His wife, whose maiden name was Jane Chapman, died in middle age, in Yorkshire, the place of her birth. John Spencer was born in Hatfield parish, Yorkshire, England, March 2, 1834, and was there brought up and educated. Turning his attention to agricultural pursuits at the age of fifteen years, he followed farming principally until early in the '60s he moved to Cleveland, Yorkshire, England, and was there associated in the mining business until 1879, when, lured by the glowing accounts of the material advantages to be gained by the poor man on American soil, he emigrated to the United States, and for a few months was employed in the mines at Norway, Michigan. Coming then to Iron Mountain, he worked several years at the old Luclington Mine, later the Chapin Mine, and was subsequently engaged in tilling the soil on a farm of his own in Menominee county. Returning to Iron Mountain, he has since been a resident of this city. He married, in 1858, Matilda Spence, who...

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