Death of Spier Spencer

Mr. Spier Spencer, one of the most prominent of Shakopee’s early settlers, passed away on January 26, 1907.

Spier Spencer was born in Elizabethtown, Spencer County, Kentucky, January 22, 1827. In 1841 he moved with his parents to Boone county, Indiana. At the age of 22 he and his brother, John B. Spencer moved west to St. Paul, MN. working as carpenters and farming. In 1853 he sold his farm and came to Shakopee. That same year he purchased from Thomas Holmes and David L. Fuller one third of the townsite for $4100.00. This property was nearly all in the first ward and he at once began the building of a store on the river bank where he sold dry goods and groceries, and afterwards put up several good houses.

Mr. Spencer was the owner of the steam boat, Clara Hinds, plying between Shakopee and Dunleith. He served as the county as its third treasurer and was conspicuous and active factor in the affairs of the rapidly growing village. In February of 1856 with Samuel Hibler, H.P. Constans and J.B. Wakefield, Mr. Spencer organized the county of Faribault and located its present county seat, Blue Earth City, returning to Shakopee very soon after.

In 1855 Mr. Spencer took a claim just south of town which was afterwards owned by Major Strait and is now the home of James Shea.

In 1862 at the age of thirty five he lost the sight of left eye. He sold his farm soon after to Major Strait and bought a house from Nathan and Daniel Storer and opened a boarding house. He then learned the broom making trade at which he worked until 1895 when failing health compelled him to relinquish this occupation.

Services were held at his home with Rev. G.W. E. Hill officiating, and the funeral was under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of which Mr. Spencer was a member.

From the Scott County Argus, February 1907

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