Spencer Family Tombstones  & Family Information from Evansville Newspapers &
Maple Hill Cemetery
Evansville, Wisconsin

Photos by Ruth Ann Montgomery
Peter Fletcher Spencer:

Mr. Fletcher Spencer had the misfortune to fall back on the stove
a couple of weeks ago and since then he has been quite poorly.
    December 16, 1899, The Badger, p. 1, col. 3, Evansville,
Wisconsin

Mr. Fletcher Spencer continues quite feeble.
    December 23, 1899, The Badger, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. P. F. Spencer is improving quite rapidly.
    December 30, 1899, The Badger, p. 1, col. 2, Evansville,
Wisconsin
Henry Spencer
Mr. Henry Spencer and Mrs. Spencer started for Minnesota last Thursday, to be gone a couple of weeks.
    October 1, 1879, Evansville Review, p. 3, col. 2, Evansville, Wisconsin


(1840s)  Henry G. Spencer came to what is now Evansville in 1844.  Mr. Spencer built the first frame house in 1845.  In 1855 he built the first hotel and named it the Spencer House. The quarter section lying north of main
Street and West of Madison Street was owned by Henry Spencer, also a piece of land east of Madison Street.  From “Pioneer Days”, page 8 and 13, Byron Campbell, 1915.

Henry G. Spencer came to Evansville in 1844 and occupied the log house built by Amos Kirkpatrick at the foot of the hill not far from the spot where John Winston’s Wagon shop is.  One other log dwelling across the Creek and
a log school house also occupied as a church and a kind of rude factory with a turning lathe owned by a Mr. Potter were the only buildings in the place.  Mr. Spencer bought and owned nearly one half of the land of Evansville.  
In 1845 he built on the brow of the hill the first frame house in the town.  Mr. Spencer built the hotel known as the “Spencer House” in 1855.  In 1861 he built a house just west of Dr. Evan’s residence which has been his home
ever since.  He was here when bands of Indians frequently wandered through the county, begging or stealing, when ox teams loaded with lead from Galena.  First of Spencer brothers to settle here.  Brothers, Fletcher, Henry,
Hiram, Lewis and George.  Children:  John, died in 1874; William, Fred, Frances Spencer Beebe (wife of Dr. E. W. Beebe).
    March 16, 1889, The Tribune, p. 4, Evansville, Wisconsin

1850 Census, Union Township, Rock County, Wisconsin, p. 324:  Henry G. Spencer, age 37; Margaret Spencer, age 34;  William Spencer, age 10; Frances Spencer, age 8; John Spencer, age 6.  Living in the same household,
David Jones, 19 and Ann Ingram, age 17.  Henry listed his occupation as farmer and value of property, $3,500.

H. G. Spencer has sold a lot of 10 acres to E. G. Fifield for $1,200.  This comprises the grounds formerly occupied by the latter gentleman for a lumber yard.  
Shows on E. Main Street, 1873 town plat to Fifield.
    The Citizen, January 15, 1868, p. 4, vol. 3, no. 1, Evansville Wisconsin

Mr. Henry Spencer and Mrs. Spencer started for Minnesota last Thursday, to be gone a couple of weeks.
    October 1, 1879, Evansville Review, p. 3, col. 2, Evansville, Wisconsin

Henry Spencer was greeted with returning welcomes, on the street, Thursday.  Mrs. Spencer is in poor health and is stopping with her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Beebe, Milwaukee.
    April 11, 1884, Evansville Review, p. 3, col. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. F. Spencer, of Waupaca, short hand reporter for the circuit court in the district in which he lives, arrived at his parents’ home in this place on Monday, returning to his home on Thursday.  His stay was short but very
pleasant to his many friends.

It looks rather lonesome around Mr. Henry Spencer’s handsome residence since his departure with his wife to live with his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. E. W. Beebe, in Milwaukee, we are informed that the old gentleman’s
health is failing fast and that it is very doubtful about his ever returning to his home in this place where he has resided since our first memory.
    November 24, 1888, The Tribune, p. 1, col. 3,

Henry Spencer…has sold his house and lot to his son Fred Spencer and will go to the latter’s in Waupaca to live.
    January 1, 1889, p. 1, Evansville Review, Evansville, Wisconsin
Hiram Spencer obituary

1850 census, Union Township, Rock County, Wisconsin, Hiram Spencer, age 32, occupation: mechanic,
property value, $1,500; Julia A. Spencer, age 25.

Hiram Spencer is adding twenty feet to the front of his carriage shop.
    November 20, 1867, The Citizen, p. 4, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. Spencer has his carriage shop nearly finished.
    December 18, 1867, Evansville Citizen, p. 4, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. Hiram Spencer is making extensive repairs upon his house.  He is putting up a piazza and extending
it along the whole front of his house including the ell.
    Evansville Review, p. 1, April 13, 1870, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. Hiram Spencer is having the upper part of his building fitted up for tenements.  Messrs. Potter and
Garfield who have occupied it for carpenters shop will remove to the ground floor.
    March 21, 1884, Evansville Review, p. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mr. Hiram Spencer has sold four rods front on the east side of the home lot to his son Charles H.
Spencer, who intends putting up a residence this summer.  
    May 8, 1885, Evansville Review, p. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Obituary of HIram Spencer's Wife
George F. Spencer:

George Spencer, age 27
Elizabeth Spencer, age 20
Value of property $1,000
p. 324. U. S. Census, Union township, Rock County, Wisconsin, 1850

G. F. Spencer is repairing his barn and putting an addition on the east end 19 x 24.
June 8, 1875, Evansville Journal, p. 5, Evansville, Wisconsin

For sale:  a large two story house on North Madison Street.  For particulars inquire of Mrs. Geo. F. Spencer,
July 20, 1881, Evansville Review, p. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Geo. Spencer has platted a portion of his homestead lying south of East Main street, and has sold off a number of nice lots, on which several good
residences are in the course of construction.
September 14, 1881, Evansville Review, p. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

G. F. Spencer has abandoned his old farm residence on the east side that he has pleasantly enjoyed in the last 20 years and taken up his abode in the
Zimi Campbell house on North Madison Street.
May 27, 1887, Evansville Review, Evansville, Wisconsin

Carpenters Wm. Libby and sons have commenced remodeling the old Campbell house for Mr. Geo. Spencer in which will be fitted up on of the finest
artist galleries in the northwest for his daughter Hattie, who it is said is a first class artist in the line of photography, etc.
June 25, 1887, The Tribune, p. 1, Evansville, Wisconsin

George Spencer is making a complete change in the “Campbell” old house on north Madison Street.  He rearranges the whole interior puts on a two-
story rear addition and fits up the second story of the main building into an elaborate photograph gallery for his daughter who is an artist.  Mr. Wm.
Libby is doing the work.
June 24, 1887, p. 1, Evansville Review, Evansville, Wisconsin


In 1855, the same season was added the residence now occupied by Mr. G. F. Spencer, built for his father-in-law, Mr. Wm. Campbell by the writer’s
father and brother, Messrs. Nathaniel and Wm. Libby.
The Tribune, p. 4, July 19, 1898 (The Tribune was published by Caleb A. Libby)

The Geo. Spencer house with a piece of adjoining land has just been sold to Peter Smith, consideration twenty-five hundred dollars.
September 30, 1899. The Badger, p. 6, Evansville, Wisconsin

George F. Spencer died Oct. 18, 1899, Funeral held at his house on Madison Street, remains cremated in Milwaukee.  
October 20, 1899, The Enterprise, Evansville, Wisconsin

The Spencer property on North Madison Street, large house with photograph gallery on second floor.  Lot good size and location central.  Price $3,000.
Fisher & Gillies ad, April 6, 1905, Evansville Review


Dr. George F. Spencer, JR.

Geo. Spencer, Jr., son of George Spencer, who has been studying with Dr. Evans for some time, went to Chicago a couple of weeks ago and is now
attending one of the Medical Colleges in that city.  John M. Evans, Jr., who had been home spending his vacation, returned with him.
March 16, 1881, Evansville Review, p. ,3 col. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. Geo. F. Spencer, we understand, has gone into business at Monticello.  George is a good boy, is well read in his profession, and the people of
Monticello are really fortunate in securing his services.  Evansville never owned a more studious or more worthy young man than George F. Spencer.
July 4, 1884, Evansville Review, p. 1, col. 2, Evansville, Wisconsin

We regret to learn that Dr. Geo. F. Spencer, Jr., is about to commence practice at Monticello, believing that he would have soon secured a fair share of
the practice in this place where he is known to be a first class physician and of unquestionable integrity, but we wish him well whenever he may located
and are glad that it is no farther away.
July 15, 1884, The Enterprise, Evansville, Wisconsin

DIED

At Fairbury, Neb., on Saturday, Jan.12th, 1889, Mrs. Emma Spencer, wife of Dr. G. F. Spencer, aged about 20 years.

Her remains were brought to Evansville, Rock county, Wis., where the funeral services were held on Sunday last and her remains intered in the
cemetery at that place.  Her mother Mrs. Hughes, of this village was unable to attend the funeral on account of her serious illness.  The news of the
sudden death of Mrs. Dr. Spencer, nee Emma Hughes, carried with it sadness to many a family, intimate friend, and acquaintance of the deceased.  But
a few months since she was united in marriage to Dr. G. F. Spencer, of Evansville, Wis., and soon after bid adieu to relatives and friends here and took
up their abode at Fairbury, Neb.  But alas the summons came, she was called to her Eternal Home.  This community feel to deeply sympathize with the
mother and other relatives and friends in this very sad bereavement.  Mrs. Spencer was born in Palmyra and lived here the most of her years, and in
her childhood, and youth was much respected by all who knew her, and more, beloved by all of her numerous companions who now sadly deplore her
sudden departure.  At the time of her decease, she was a member of Spring Lake Lodge, No. 176, I. O. G. T. and ever among the most faithful to
perform her every duty.  God will bless her example for good.  Palmyra Enterprise
reprinted in January 26, 1889, Tribune, p. 1, col. 5, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. G. F. Spencer moved his medical practice to Madison.  His office is in the Kronke Block.
February 27, 1897, The Badger, Evansville, Wisconsin

Mrs. G. F. Spencer was called to Milwaukee Monday in company with her brother E. H. Fiedler to attend the funeral of her mother.
February 11, 1899, The Badger, p. 1, col. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. George Spencer, Jr. is having a barn built on land he recently purchased adjoining S. E. Barnard on Main Street.
June 19, 1903, The Enterprise, p. 3, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. George Spencer has a new Ford auto.  He exchanged his old high roller for a lower one, closer to the ground.
May 23, 1907, Evansville Review, p. 5, col. 1, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. Spencer has purchased the brick house on Main Street which was the property of the late Levi Leonard.  He had purchased a lot farther west and
was making preparations to build next year, but concluded to purchase instead of building.
The Enterprise and The Tribune, June 9, 1909, p. 1, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. Spencer has a crew of men at work on the brick house on Main Street which he recently purchased from the Leonard estate, and is having it
remodeled considerable.  The east wing will be raised, partitions on the inside changed somewhat and other changes made.  When finished the house
will be a modern one.
August 11, 1909, The Enterprise and The Tribune, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. Geo. And Mrs. Spencer have moved their household goods into their new house on Main Street which has been finished, and they have a fine, up-
to-date and convenient home.
The Enterprise, January 19, 1910, p. 1, Evansville, Wisconsin

Dr. and Mrs. George Spencer came from Whitewater Wednesday and remained a few days going from here to Madison where they obtained possession
of their home on Francis St. and which they will remodel.
May 5, 1921, Evansville Review “Brooklyn from Brooklyn Teller”, Evansville, Wisconsin
Dr. George Spencer, Jr. prepared
for parade.  City Hall in the
background.

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Henry Spencer's tombstone in
Maple Hill Cemetery, Evansville,
Wisconsin

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John & Lydia Spencer Tombstones,
Maple Hill Cemetery,
Evansville, Wisconsin

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Lewis Spencer obituary

Mrs. Lewis Spencer and Miss Emma
Jones are visiting the Chicago
Exposition this week.
    September 24, 1879, Evansville
Review, p. 3, col. 4, Evansville,
Wisconsin
    

Lewis Spencer and wife to Daisy D.
Spencer, 2 ½ of lots 6 and 7, block 15,
Evansville.  $2,200.
    April 19, 1895, The Enterprise, p. 4,
Evansville, Wisconsin

Eva Jones Spencer obituary