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George W. Spiker Obituary

Emporia Gazette October 28, 1908

G. W. Spiker died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at his home, 721 Union Street after a lingering illness of about a year. Mr. Spiker was afflicted with apoplexy. He was 80 years old and had been a resident of Kansas many years. The funeral arrangements, which will be conducted by Rev. Joseph H. Hill will be held tomorrow at the family home at 2 o'clock. On account of the serious illness of Mrs. Spiker at the home, it is desired that only intimate friends of the family attend the funeral, as any extra confusion might be fatal to her. The casket will be opened between 1 and 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon, but will not be opened after the services, which will be short. Interment will be in Maplewood.
G. W. Spiker was born in Harrison County, Ohio in 1828. He lived in his native state until 1884, when he came to Kansas, settling on a farm north of Emporia up to his removal to Emporia. He joined the Methodist church when 14 years old and has been a faithful and consistent member ever since. He leaves his wife and eight children, all of whom are living. Three of the children will not be able to attend the funeral tomorrow - Mrs. J.H. McFadden of Scio, Ohio, John H. Spiker of Chattanooga, Oklahoma and W.D. Spiker of Kinsley, Iowa. The rest of the children, R. S. Spiker of Fremont township; Mrs. W. A. Given of Emporia, S.W. Spiker of Joplin, MO; D. W. Spiker of Lyon County and Mrs. L. Washburn of Emporia are all here.


The funeral of G.W. Spiker was held at the family home 721 Union Street yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J.H. Hill of tne Normal conducted the services, which were short and simple on account of the serious illness of Mrs. Spiker. The music was furnished by a quartet from the Normal, composed of Messrs. Beach, Wooster, Wright and Blair. Pallbearers were F.Sutton, T.D. Little, J.S. Burton, John Lumley, Hugh Cowan and Eben Abraham. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery