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Sina Reed Smith Spiker Obituary

Emporia Gazette December 8, 1908

Mrs. G. W. Spiker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lula Washburn, 721 Union Street, yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock after an illness of about five months. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 and will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Hill of the Normal. Between the hours of 1:30 and 2:30, the casket will be open. Interment will be in Maplewood.
Mrs. Spiker was born (Sina Reed Smith) in Harrison County, Ohio in 1830. There she married G.W. Spiker and lived until 1884 when they came to Kansas. The next ten years was spent on a farm five miles northeast of town, and in 1894 they moved to Emporia where they had since lived. Mr. Spiker died six weeks ago at 5 o'clock, the same hour as his wife but on Tuesday instead of Monday. There are eight children, all of whom are living. Mr. Spiker's death six weeks ago was the first break in the family. Of the children, R.S. Spiker, D.W. Spiker, Mrs. W.A. Givin and Mrs. Lula Washburn live in Emporia. S.W. Spiker lives in Joplin, MO and W.D. Spiker in Kingsley, Iowa. Both of these sons have been with their mother during part of her illness. Mrs. John McFadden of Scio, Ohio is another daughter and J. H. Spiker of Chattanooga, Okla, a son, neither of whom will be able to attend the funeral.


The funeral of Mrs. G.W. Spiker was held yesterday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs Lula Washburn, 721 Union Street. The sermon was preached by Rev. Joseph Hill of the Normal, and a quartet, composed of Messrs. Beach, Wright, Wooster and Forde, all of the Normal, furnished the music. The pall-bearers were all teachers from the Union street school and were Misses Julia Davis, Cora Held, Esther Blair, Jessie Gilbert, Georgia McGahey and Addie Wilkinson. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery, Emporia, Lyon Co., Kansas.