Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 386 - 387
Samuel Spencer, a well-known real-estate dealer of Sheboygan, was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England, January 22,
1844. His father, Samuel Spencer, was a native of the same shire, and served for twenty-six years in the Grenadier
Guards, her Majesty's Household Troops. For the last ten years of his service he was Sergeant. In 1832, he was sent
to Canada to aid in the suppression of the rebellion, remaining there for five years. Returning to England, he
married Elizabeth Seaton, who was born near Edinburgh, Scotland, in the same month and year as Queen Victoria.
Having retired from the army on a good pension, Mr. Spencer died only a year and a half later, at the age of
forty-nine. His wife came to the United ^States with our subject, and died at the home of her daughter in Montana,
in 1890. In the family of six children, of whom four came to the United States, only two are living. A brother and
sister died in England. Mrs. Anna Pelletere is a resident of New Chicago, Mont.
The education of Samuel Spencer, Jr., was acquired in the national schools of England. As his father was in the
service, he was taken into the military band as a drummer-boy and bugler, and served as such for five years.
Subsequently, he was for nine months in the freight department of the Midland Railroad, and for five years was on
the Derbyshire constabulary, being twice promoted inside of two and a-half years. The last two years he acted as
Sergeant, and had charge of a station. A robbery was committed in the house of George Brindley, of Beckwell,
Derbyshire, and our subject was successful in capturing the thief. By this means he became acquainted with the
daughter of the house, Miss Hannah, whom he courted for five years in England, and subsequently married in
In 1870, Mr. Spencer came to the New World on the steamer "Peruvian," of the Allen Line. He arrived in Quebec,
Canada, and continued his journey to Wisconsin, having relatives near Plymouth. It was his intention to engage in
farming, but he was induced to accept a position on the Sheboygan & Fond du Lac Railroad in handling freight. In a
short time he was made yard-master, which position he held for three years. Then for a time he was in the
car-repair department, but when the shops were removed, he preferred not to leave the city, and therefore engaged
in teaming for a while. In 1884, he was appointed a member of the police force by Mayor Blackstock, and was a
faithful officer for eight years.
It was in 1874 that Mrs. Spencer came to the United States, and their marriage was celebrated on the 6th of October
of that year, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Mr. Blow, pastor of the Episcopal Church, of which Mr. Spencer
is a member. His wife holds membership with the Congregational Church. They have reared an adopted son, John T.
Spencer, who is a nephew of our subject. When he was an infant, his father, John Tobiason, was drowned in Lake
Erie. He is an intelligent young man, now eighteen years of age, and is studying to become a surveyor. Owing to his
own industrious efforts, Mr. Spencer has acquired a good property, and for the past six years has given
considerable attention to the real-estate business. In politics, he votes with the Democratic party, and has served
as Alderman for one term. Fraternally, he is an Odd Fellow and Forester.
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