Millard Melvin Spence

Millard Melvin Spence was the sixth child of Henry Jefferson Spence and Mary Anna  Ratliff, born September 9, 1899 in Pittsburg, Kansas1.  In 1900 Millard was living with his parents and older siblings in Pittsburg, Crawford County, Kansas2. By the 1905 Kansas State Census, the family was living in Baker Township, Crawford County, Kansas3, where they remained during the 1910 US Census4 and 1915 Kansas Census5.

On September 12. 1918, Millard registered for the World War I draft stating that he lived in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas and was working as a coal miner6.  The first week of August 1919, Millard and Maude Edith Hyatt obtained a license for marriage7.  Maude was born October 9, 1898 to Ruth Anna Mercer and William Sherman Hyatt8.  

Millard and Maude were living in Baker, Crawford, Kansas in 1920 where Millard continued working as a coal miner9.  On May 20th of that year, the couple welcomed their first child, Floyd Albert10.  Two years later, on April 12, 1922, their second child was born, William Jefferson11.  

By 1928 Millard and family were living at 1110 West 3rd Street in Pittsburg, Kansas and Millard had begun working as a helper at Pittsburgh Blr & Mach Co12. Millard continued as a helper as the family continued living on 3rd Street in 193013.  1933 finds that the family has moved to 527 Martin and that Millard’s occupation is now a chipper at McNally-Pittsburg Mfg Corp14. The family moved to 513 West Forest in Pittsburg by 1936, Millard continued being a chipper with McNally-Pittsburg Mfg Corp, and Maude has begun work as a maid at Hotel Stillwell15.  

The 1937 Kansas State Census shows that Millard and family are living in Pittsburg, Crawford, Kansas and that there are 5 people in Millard’s household16The 1938 State Census shows only 4 people in the household17I have not found a Spence child who died around this time, so I can only guess that there was a visiting relative or another temporary boarder.  By 1938 the family had moved to 605 North Georgia in Pittsburg and although still employed at McNally-Pittsburg, Millard was now working as a cleaner while Maude was still a maid at the hotel18. The family is living at 512 Martin in Pittsburg by 1940, Millard and Floyd are both employees at McNally-Pittsburg Mfg Corp, Maude is a maid at Hotel Stillwell, and William is a machinist19.  Millard is not listed in the 1942 Pittsburg City Directory, however, Maude is still shown as being a maid, while Floyd is a molder and William is a machinist and both young men have wives living with them at the family home at 512 Martin20. Millard may have gone to California to look for employment at this time.

None of the family is seen again until 1944 when son Floyd is found in Los Angeles, California21. Millard and Maude are found living at 6145 Hubbard Street in East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California as registered democrats in 194822.  In 1954 the couple is living at 8560 Eglise Avenue in Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County, California23

On July 18, 1952, at the age of 52, Millard Melvin Spence passed away in Los Angeles County, California24.  He is buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California25.

Maude was still living in the home on Eglise Avenue she shared with Millard in 195426. By 1957 Maude moved in with her son William and his wife and young son in Downey, Los Angeles County, California and was working at US Rubber27.  Maude was no longer living with the young family by 195928 and may have moved to Bellflower by this time to live out the remainder of her days.  Maude passed away on February 22, 1964 in Bellflower, Los Angeles County, California29. Maude is buried with her husband, Millard at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California30.

Children

  1. Floyd Albert was born May 20, 1920 in Kansas31.  
  2. William Jefferson was born April 12, 1922 in Kansas32.  

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  1. Ancestry.com, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.Original data – State of California. California Death Index, 1940-1997. Sacramento, CA, USA: State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics.Original d), Ancestry.com, http://www.Ancestry.com, Birth date:  9 Sep 1899  Birth place:  Kansas  Death date:  18 Jul 1952  Death place:  Los Angeles, California. <http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=cadeath1940&h=6963277&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt>
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  7.  Tuesday August 5, 1919 edition page 5. Accessed July 11, 2017. The following marriage licenses have been issued since last Thursday by Probate Judge Grant Winger: … Millard M. Spencer and Maude E. Hyatt, Pittsburg. https://www.newspapers.com/image/?spot=12282766, The Sun, Pittsburg, Kansas, online image (http://newspapers.com)
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  18.  Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Ancestry.com, Record for Millard Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=2469&h=866456475&indiv=try
  19.  Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Ancestry.com, Record for Millard Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=2469&h=865695277&indiv=try
  20.  Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Ancestry.com, Record for Mrs Maud Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=2469&h=752482697&indiv=try
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  25.  Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com, Record for Millard Melvin Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=60525&h=119473903&indiv=try
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  28.  Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011), Ancestry.com, Record for William J Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=2469&h=1395047675&indiv=try
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  30.  Ancestry.com, U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com, Record for Maude Edith Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=60525&h=119473643&indiv=try
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  32.  Ancestry.com, U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011), Ancestry.com, Issue State: Kansas; Issue Date: Before 1951. Record for William J. Spence. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=3693&h=59078260&indiv=try