Biography of Orson F. Spaulding
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ORSON FENN SPAULDING, well known citizen and leading funeral director of the South Side of the city, located at 2704 Dennison Ayenue, is a native of Michigan and is descended from pioneer settlers of that state. This branch of the Spaulding family has been in Vermont for many generations and in the State of Michigan for three. The Michigan pioneer of the family was John Allan Spaulding, grandfather of Orson F. and who was a native of Vermont, where he married Caroline Newbre, and soon after his marriage came West and settled in Calhoun County, Michigan, of which he was a pioneer.

Henry Carlton Spaulding, son of John and Caroline (Newbre) Spaulding, and father of Orson F., was born on the Spaulding farm in Emmett Township, Calhoun County, Michigan, on December 16, 1844, and died in Battle Creek, that state, on July 3, 1901. He married Lucy Carey, who was born on February 22, 1844, and died in Los Angeles, California, in 1916.

Orson F. Spaulding was born in Battle Creek on December 30, 1882, and was reared and educated in the public schools of that city. At the age of sixteen years he became a Western Union Telegraph messenger boy in Battle Creek. When he was seventeen he went to work in a book bindery. When he was eighteen he went to work for a Battle Creek undertaker, and there laid the foundation for his successful business career. In 1903 he took the examination and was granted a state license as an undertaker, and in January, 1905, he engaged in business on his own account in Battle Creek, and continued in business in that city until July, 1912, when he removed to Cleveland. For four years after locating in this city Mr. Spaulding was associated with what was then the "Funeral Reform," and on January 1, 1917, he entered business on his own responsibility, beginning in a modest way on a small capital. His first place of business was in a storeroom at 3848 West Twenty fifth Street, where he later rented an additional storeroom, and continued there until the growth of his business compelled him to secure larger quarters. On May 1, 1920, he removed to his present commodious funeral parlors on Denison Avenue.

Mr. Spaulding is prominent in the civic and social affairs of his section of the city. He is a member of Dennison Lodge No. 640, Free and Accepted Masons (master from 1922 to 1923); of John K. Corwin Chapter No. 205, Royal Arch Masons; of Forest City Commandery No. 40, Knights Templar, and of Valley of Cleveland Lake Erie Consistory (thirty second degree), Scottish Rite, and is a member and a past chancellor commander of Pearl Lodge No. 163, Knights of Pythias. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Masonic Temple Association, and is president of the Men's Club of Brooklyn Memorial Church.

Mr. Spaulding married Carol G. Payne, of Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Thomas and Frances Payne, and to them two children have been born: Canton Francis, who died May 15, 1915, and Isadine Loretta, who died May 23, 1915, both having passed away within a week's time.

Mr. Spaulding is recognized as a leader both as a business man and progressive citizen of the community, and has won a large circle of friends and patrons. He is broad in his views and ideas both in business and civic affairs, and is always Lound ready to help in any movement for the welfare of the city.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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