Daniel Spilman, Jr.
December 26, 1888-May 31, 1974
Daniel Jr. and his wife Alphena Thompson
Wedding photo December 07, 1910
Daniel Spilman, Jr. was the 6th child of Dan and Thea Spilman.
Dan Jr. took over the family farm in 1908 when his father retired and moved to
Burchinal, Iowa. He bought additional land and by 1939 had almost
450 acres and lived at the "Home Place".
Dan Spilman, Jr. and his grandson David on the Home Place1944
||The Home Place. This
view is from the NE as you come up a long winding driveway. The gray building
was a scale house (they would weigh wagons of grain in there) and later became a
garage. Timber and pasture lie to the North. The pond lies to the SW.
Livestock buildings are to the E and S. This farm is 160 acres where we grow
corn & Soybeans. We also keep cows and calves here in the spring, summer and
fall. When we bought this farm in 1991 there was little grass - it was all
weeds. The house was 4 different colors and there was so much junk you could
barely drive up the lane. The field fences were falling down and the fields
needed plowing and tiling. Lots of Work! also dead trees and wood everywhere.
courtesy of Anne Cooper
An article in the local paper wrote:
"MAKING A LAKE - Dan Spillman, Clear Lake farmer, has started converting
one acre of his pasture land into a man made lake. Excavation is nearly
complete. The body of the water will be 9 feet deep in the center and
about 5 feet deep at the edge. It will be fed by an artesian well, now
capped in 5 inch casing. Spilman plans to build a dock and a cottage,
plant trees around the lake and stock it with trout for his own fishing.
The well will be tapped Saturday to test its flow. Spillman's farm is
about five miles southwest of Clear Lake."
|| Dan Spilman, Jr.
Right: 1961 age 73
The local newspaper reported:
"Dan Spilman's 72nd Birthday Honored at Party
Dan Spilman whose 72nd birthday was December 26, was given a party on
that date at his home by his children with 40 presents for the day and a
potluck noon dinner. Present were his five sons, Dale and Danny,
Thornton and Orval, Sam and Wayne, Clear Lake and their families; and
three daughters, Mrs. Virgil Durreger, Mrs. Fred Durreger and Mrs. Bill
Thomas, all of clear lake and their families, also Ashton Hugh, a nephew
of Clear Lake. Mr. Spilman received many cards and gifts and two
birthday cakes were served."
Dan and Alphena had 9 children:
Dale Sydney Spilman November 26, 1912-December 1985 married
Audrey Maxine Rhodes
Helen (Sis) Fern Spilman married
Fred L. Durregger
Orval (Fritz) Spilman October 05, 1916-May 06, 1993 married Alma
Thelma Spilman married Virgil Durregger
Sammy Spilman married Alice Arlene Eichmeier - Farmed in Clear
Betty Lorraine Spilman married Clifford Thomas
Anne Harriet Spilman July 05, 1925- July 06, 1925
Daniel Thompson Spilman married Phyllis Irene Brower
Wayne (Shorty) Myron Spilman married Phyllis Jean Kelly Johnson