Biography of John V. Spare
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Spare, John Vigneron, one of the leading merchants of New Bedford, was born in that city, October 28, 1849, a son of John Spare, M. D., and Susan V. Mason, his wife. His father is not in practice in New Bedford, but has followed the medical profession for over forty years. Mr. Spare attended the public and high schools of New Bedford, and not long after completing his education, enlisted in the United States navy (1865) as surgeon's steward, being assigned to the Mahaska in the Gulf Squadron, his father being then surgeon of that ship. After leaving the navy he was employed as a clerk in the New Bedford post office three years, and in 1873 invested his capital in the establishment of a small dry goodsbusiness on County street, near Kempton. He had all the qualities which should be possessed by the successful merchant, and by indefatigable industry and characteristic enterprise, rapidly placed the business on a firm foundation. Several times the stock was moved to better located and larger quarters, and finally Mr. Spare opened his present store on Purchase street, and here employment is given to a force of from thirty to thirty five clerks constantly, the store comparing favorably with the best department stores in Bristol county. The Spare family has been well represented in New England from the first, members of it being among the earliest settlers in the vicinity of Canton, Mass. Mr. Spare has been a member of the G. A. R. since 1868. February 20, 1879, he married Hattie M., daughter of Captain Andrew Snow of New Bedford, and they have four children: Chester V., Romeyn A., Arthur F., and Louisa S.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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