Seymour Horne Spencer (1888-1959)

Seymour Horne Spencer
Grandpa Spencer
Born:16 Jul 1888 Paris, Idaho
Died:11 Sep 1959 Salt Lake City, Utah
Father:George Boardman Spencer
Mother:Leonora Taylor Horne
Siblings:Lucy Isabella Spencer
Leonora Horne Spencer
Lillan Horne Spencer
George Boardman Spencer
Howard Spencer
Baby girl Spencer
Mary Ellen Spencer
Orson Horne Spencer
Herbert Leo Spencer
Seymour Horne Spencer
Edwin Horne Spencer
Married:13 Mar 1925 Salt Lake City, Utah
Spouse:Sarah Sophronia Quayle
Children:Helen Jean Spencer
Robert William Spencer
Norma Spencer
Beth Spencer
Margaret Joan Spencer
History of Idaho: The Gem Of The Mountains, Volume 4, 1920, Page 172:

                   SEYMOUR H. SPENCER.

Seymour H. Spencer, the popular county superintendent of schools in Bear Lake county, is a native son of that county, born in Paris, July 16, 1888 , his parents being George B. and Leonora (Horne) Spencer. The father was born in Massachusetts and the mother Utah, but both took up their residence in Bear Lake county, Idaho, many years ago. In 1849 George B. Spencer crossed the plains to Utah, where he worked at farming and later acquired a tract of land, which he operated until 1874, when he removed to Bear Lake county, Idaho. Here he made a desert entry, and bought land which he improved and cultivated, operating the same place ever since. He now lives practically retired having reached the age of eighty years. In his time he held a number of public offices and was always very active in politics. He served as treasurer of Bear Lake county, as judge of the probate court and as sheriff. He has always been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was in the bishopric of one of the Paris wards for some time and filled  a three year mission in Switzerland, Germany and France. His wife is still living.

Seymour H. Spencer was reared and educated in Paris and was the first male graduate of the Fielding Academy of Paris, there being five girls and himself graduated in 1909. He then taught school in Paris for four years and in the country for one year, following which he spent two and one-half years in the University of Utah, from which he was graduated with the degree of B. A. He then assumed the duties of superintendent of schools, to which office he was elected in the fall of 1916 and reelected in 1918. Mr. Spencer is a member of the Paris city council, with which he has been connected for several years. He is first counselor to Bishop Morris D. Low, of Paris second ward, and has held various other offices in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has interests in farming and cattle raising, in both of which he has met with considerable success. He is a strong supporter of the democratic party and active in political work. He takes an earnest interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the community in which he resides.


The Progress, Friday, 25 Sep 1959, p. 1.

Impressive Rites For 
Seymour H. Spencer
Held In Salt Lake

Impressive funeral services for Seymour Horne Spencer were held Sept. 14, 1959 at the Liberty Ward in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Spencer will be remembered by many as he resided in Fillmore and taught Seminary for 18 years. He reared his family of one son and four daughters in Fillmore and all of them are graduates of Millard High School. He served as both father and mother to his children as his wife died in June, 1936, prior to his moving to Fillmore.

Mr. Spencer has been active in LDS Church affairs during his entire life; serving as bishop, member of High Council, superintendent of Sunday School, Priesthood teacher and many other callings. He served 30 years as seminary teacher and several years as a school administrator. His avocation while in Fillmore was dairying and he served as president of the Dairy Association.

The service was as follows:
Prayer - Joseph H. Spencer, his eldest brother
Opening remarks - Bishop Buhler of Liberty Ward
First speaker - Orval Stott, formerly of Meadow
Vocal Solo - Libby Lambert, former Fillmore resident, who sang "Homing", accompanied by Sherry Bennion
Bishop Milton A. Melville, close friend of the family and their former bishop, was the concluding speaker.
Gordon L. Beckstrand, son-in-law, sang "If With All Your Hearts".
A cousin, Clarence Tingey, gave the closing prayer.

Graveside service and burial were held in Paris, Idaho, birthplace and former residence of Mr. Spencer. These were conducted by J. Vern Dunn, brother-in-law. Cyril Budge was the speaker and the dedicatory prayer was by Edwin H. Spencer, brother.

Pall bearers were four sons-in-law: Harold Whatcott, Gordon Beckstrand, Doyle Robison, Clair McKee; two brothers-in-law, J. Vern Dunn and Arthur Erickson.

Brother Spencer is survived by his son Robert W., Salt Lake; daughters:  Helen S. Whatcott, Modesto, Calif;  Norma S. Beckstrand, Logan; Beth S. Robison, Cleveland, Ohio; Joan S. McKee, Vernal, Utah; twelve grand children and two brothers, Joseph H., Salt Lake City, and Edwin H. of Magna, Utah.


*Despain, Carrie Robison and Garner, Melba Despain. History & Genealogy of the Franklin Alonzo Robison Family, p. 31.

*Spencer, Seymour H. Orson Spencer Descendants, Through 1956, p. 107.
               College Graduate, A.B. Degree - U. of U.
               1956 Address - 164 N. 2nd W., Salt Lake City, Ut.
               Temple Marriage 3/11/25
               Bear Lake County Superintendent of Schools
               Paris, Idaho, City Council
               School Board, Montpelier Independent District #1
               Stake Sunday School and MIA Superintendency
               Bishop, Montpelier 3rd Ward
               High Council
               Stake Genealogy Committee

*LDS Church News, week ending 9 Mar 1991, New Mission Presidents, Calling: Robison, E Doyle

*The Deseret News, Thursday, March 12, 2014, Obituary: Beckstrand, Norma Spencer

           I was born, I was told at 4 am July 16th, 1888 in the two-story brick home of my parents situated on the Southwest Corner lot of Center street one block East of the main or business street. I was the eleventh child, sixth son and have a younger brother.

*Patriarchal Blessing: Historian's Office, Index to Blessings:
                                   Name: Spencer, Seymour Horne
                                   Born: 16 Jul 1888
                                   Blessed: 14 Apr 1915
                                   Recorded: Vol. 496, Page 57

*1st Marriage: Autobiography of Seymour Horne Spencer:
                       A few years later when I began teaching Seminary in Montpelier Sarah Sophronia Quayle and I were thrown together. Our courtship was rather short and we were married in the Salt Lake Temple Mar. 13, 1925.

*Marriage variant: 11 Mar 1925 [family records]

*Occupation: The Improvement Era, 1937, Volume 40, page 51:
                     Department of Education
Seymour H. Spencer, principal of the Montpelier, Idaho, seminary, has been moved to serve as principal of the Millard Stake Seminary at Fillmore, Utah. He has already served seventeen years in the seminary system.

*Trip: The Progress, Friday, 8 Jul 1938, p. 1:
          Mr. S. H. Spencer returned last week from an educational tour which took him through the Eastern States, visiting many places of historic interest to the L. D. S. Church.

*2nd Marriage: Ja-Ne't Global Data Search, Marriage Search, Utah:
                       License: A142963  Dated: 6 Dec 1957
                       Salt Lake County, Utah
                       SPENCER, Seymour Horne
                       GREEN, Donna Pearl Dumont

*2nd License: Salt Lake, Utah, Application for License to Marry, #142963:
                      Seymour Horne SPENCER, 428 Williams Ave.
                      Donna Pearl GREEN, 119 W. No. Temple
                      License Issued: 6 Dec 1957
                      Married: 6 Dec 1957, Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
                      Officiator: Raymond H. CLAYTON
                      Witnesses: Herbert L. SPENCER
                                       Joseph H. SPENCER
Full Name: Seymour Horne SPENCERFull name: Donna Pearl GREEN
Residence: Salt Lake City, UtahResidence: Salt Lake City, Utah
Color: White, Widowed, 2nd MarriageColor: White, Divorced, 2nd marriage
Age: 69Age: 58
Date of Birth: 16 Jul 1888Date of Birth: 10 Sep 1899
Birthplace: Paris, IdahoBirthplace: Newton, Ill
Occupation: Retired TeacherOccupation: File Clerk
Father: George B.Father: Andrew J. DUMONT
Occupation: DeceasedOccupation: Deceased
Birthplace: West Stockbridge, MassBirthplace: Newton, Ill
Mother: Lenora Taylor HORNEMother: Mary T. GOSNELL
Occupation: Deceased HousewifeOccupation: Housewife
Birthplace: Salt Lake CityBirthplace: Newton, Ill
                      (Signed)  Seymour H. Spencer
                      (Signed)  Donna Green

*Divorce: Salt Lake County, Utah, civil case number 115542:
               Filed: 26 Feb 1958
               Donna Green Spencer, Plaintiff
               Victor A. Spencer, Plaintiff's Attorney
               Decreed: 14 Mar 1958
               Donna Green's name restored.
               Recorded: 3-18-58, Book 63, no. 346.

*Ordinances: TIB card (says he was married 6 Dec 1957 to Effie Pearl Dumont)

*Burial: BYU-Idaho, Idaho Falls Obituary Index:
              Last Name: SPENCER,
              First Name: Seymour
              Middle Name: Horne
              Cemetery: Paris, Idaho
              Birth Date: 7/16/1888
              City Born: Paris, Bear Lake,
              State Born: Id
              Date Died: 9/11/1959
              City Died:
              State Died:
              Sources: Sexton

*Gravestone: Paris Cemetery, Bear Lake, Idaho:
                Seymour H.               Sophronia Q.
              July 16, 1888             Mar 13, 1899
              Sept 11, 1959             June 8, 1936

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