John M. Spann, born in Indianapolis, Ind., April 29, 1850, became identified with Malone by marriage with a
daughter of Darius W. Lawrence. Mr. Spann, made his home here from 1881 until 1892, engaging in the hardware business,
and then in insurance. In 1892 he returned to Indianapolis, to join with his father and brother in insurance and
real estate operations, and became so prominent in that city because of his likeable qualities and wise judgment
that there were few improvements or enterprises of a general character with which he did not have some connection.
He was secretary of a large insurance corporation, president of the Institution for Feeble Minded Children at Fort
Wayne, and president of the Commercial Club; and in all matters commanded the entire respect and trust of the community.
Of gentle courtesy, of the most equable temper of any one that the writer ever knew, of never failing cheerfulness,
and of agreeable accommodation to the wishes of others in non essentials, but with a resolute will and unyielding
attitude in matters involving principle, Mr. Spann was thoroughly a manly man, and easily won and surely held the
affectionate regard of everybody with whom he had relations. As he turned from the railway ticket office in Indianapolis,
after buying a ticket for visiting the institution at Fort Wayne of which he was president, he fell unconscious,
and soon expired, on February 5, 1902.
Historical Sketches of Franklin County
and its several towns.
By: Frederick J. Seaver Malone, New York.
J. B. Lyon Company, Printers Albany, NY 1918.
Franklin County, NY
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