Dr. W. A. Spiker, who since 1912 has been engaged in the practice of veterinary surgery at Columbia, enjoys
a well merited reputation in this connection. His birth occurred in Lucas county, Iowa, on the 18th of November,
1876, his parents being J. F. and Adella W. (Brightwell) Spiker, both of whom were natives of Illinois. They came
to Iowa in an early day, settling in Lucas county, where the mother passed away in 1907 and where the father still
makes his home. Their eight children are all yet living.
W. A. Spiker attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and spent the period of his minority
under the parental roof. He then started out as an agriculturist on his own account and successfully followed farming
until 1909, when he began preparation for a professional career as a student in the, Chicago Veterinary College,
from which he was graduated in 1912. He at once located for practice at Columbia and has here since remained, having
already won gratifying success in the field of his chosen vocation.
On April 18, 1897, Dr. Spiker was united in marriage to Miss Ruth B. Anderson, a native of this county and a daughter
of Mathew and Mella A. (Davis) Anderson, both of whom were born in Maryland, coming to Iowa in an early day. The
father is now deceased, but the mother survives. Dr. Spiker gives his political allegiance to the democracy and
fraternally is identified with the following organizations: Tyre Lodge, No. 185, A. F. & A. M., in which he
is now filling the south chair; Lodge No. 660, I. O. O. F.; and the Modern Woodmen Camp at Chariton, Iowa. Both
he and his wife attend the Christian church and are highly esteemed as people of genuine personal worth and upright,
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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