Edward Sumner Spangler (Jennie’s baby brother)

Edward Sumner Spangler (Jennie’s baby brother)


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The Reverend Edward Sumner Spangler was the son of Simon Mace Spangler and Mary Taylor Spangler.  He was born in Rebersburg, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1873 and passed away in his home in Newton, Kansas, on a Thursday, August 9, 1956.  He was my grand great uncle, younger brother to Aunt Jennie that I blogged about last week.  He died five years before I was born but his photographs have hung in our family homes and in our photograph albums ever since.  He lived nearly 84 years.  The family photographs reveal a handsome face, a dapper figure, and those piercing blue Spangler/Hauck eyes.

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Front Row: Sister Mary Taylor, Mother Mary Anne Taylor, Father Simon M. Spangler, Sister Mary Almeda, Sister Jennie Rebecca Back Row: Edward Sumner and Sister Verna May and Brother Frank Arthur. They had another brother, Homer P. Spangler who died before he reached the age of 1 in 1869.

He attended the primary schools of Brush Valley and Sugar Valley in Pennsylvania.The valley gathered its name from the rich abundance and overall size of the sugar maples trees it held which were discovered upon first settlement. It was also home to a large Amish community.  Edward came to Kansas with his parents and siblings when he was 19.  He completed his high school in Newton, and then took a commercial and stenography course in business college before serving as deputy county clerk for three years and as a bookkeeper and cashier for the old Kansas Gas and Electric (KG&E) Company.

To prepare for his work as a minister, Edward attended Northwestern College and Union Biblical Institute in Naperville, Illinois, graduating in the class of 1906.  He was classmate and friend to George Edward Epp who was an Evangelical United Brethren bishop and administrator.

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Evangelical Theological Seminary chapel service, Koten Chapel

Following graduation, Brother Spangler  (I found this reference in family notes), took up a home missionary work in Illinois under the American Sunday School Union.  Founded in 1824 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American Sunday School Union (ASSU) had as its mission the promotion of Sunday schools and early literacy and the spiritual development of children.  In 1790 there were no free public schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Leaders from several denominations organized the First-day or Sunday-School Society of Philadelphia, the first known organization whose purpose was specifically to promote Sunday schools. In less than twenty years, many such organizations sprang up in other cities in the United States. By 1817, ten or more of the local Philadelphia societies or “unions” consolidated into a general union and The Sunday and Adult School Union was begun. Within seven years of its inception, ten states and the District of Columbia had auxiliary unions.  By December of 1823, union representatives from various cities met in Philadelphia for preliminary discussions about forming a national organization and The American Sunday-School Union was formed.

When his health failed, he went to Tuscon, Arizona, where he was put in charge of the commercial department of Arizona Business College. He married in 1918 to Ida Larue Easterday.  My family called her Larue.  They had one son, Simon Edward, but he was tragically killed in an accident in 1931 at the very young age of 12 when he was struck and killed by a car while riding his bicycle.

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Simon Edward Spangler

Returning to Kansas,  Edward served as pastor at Dennis and Woodson in the Kansas conference before going to Breckenridge, Colorado.  After working in this mountain community, he served at numerous home mission points in eastern Colorado.  He retired to Newton, Kansas, with his wife, Larue, and lived his remaining life on 4th Street and was an “esteemed member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.  He was faithful in attendance and loyal to the work of the congregation” (read at his service).

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