Biography of Ernest H. Spaulding
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Ernest Heywood Spaulding, engaged in the manufacture of vehicles and in the sale of automobiles, having the agency for some of the best known makers of motor cars, was born in Grinnell, October 12, 1881, a son of Henry W. and Merriam Jane (Lull) Spaulding. He pursued his education in the schools of this city, supplementing his public school course by study in the Iowa College Academy and College, during which time he gave special attention to political science and history. In the same year in which he won his degree he became an active factor in the business circles of Grinnell by forming a partnership with H. W. and F. E. Spaulding in the manufacture of vehicles. The same year he took the agency of one of the few motor cars then manufactured, and a little later built the first garage for motor cars in the county. In this connection he has developed a good business and has had the satisfaction of introducing many well manufactured cars to the trade in Poweshiek county. He not only engages in the sale of automobiles, but also conducts a repair department and, in fact, has a splendidly equipped garage.

On the 17th of August, 1904, at Des Moines, Iowa, Mr. Spaulding was united in marriage to Miss Irma Towne, who was graduated from Iowa College in the class of 1903. They now have one daughter, Merriam Jane. In his political views Mr. Spaulding is a republican who firmly believes in the principles of the party, but does not seek nor desire office. He holds membership with the Masonic lodge, the University Club of Chicago and the Poweshiek Club of Grinnell. In his native city he is regarded as a popular resident, his geniality and unaffected cordiality winning him many friends, while the sterling traits of his character have commended him to the confidence and good will of the general public. In business he has made steady advancement, and the spirit of progress which he manifested in establishing the first garage in the county has characterized him in all of his business activity and brought him substantial success.

From:
History of Poweshiek County, Iowa
A Record of settlement, organization
progress and achievement
By: Prof. L. F. Parker
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1911


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