THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


SAMUEL S. SPAUDING. Among the prominent agriculturists and extensive land-owners of Stockbridge there is no one who is held in greater respect or is more widely and favorably known than the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this article. He is a native of Madison County, having been born in the town of De Ruyter, October 9, 1822, a son of John and Margaret (Peterson) Spaulding. (For history of parents and grandparents see the sketch of Ira Spaulding, which appears in another part of this volume.
   As a lad, Samuel S. Spaulding attended the district school of his native town. He remained at home until twenty years of age. Learning the cooper's trade when a young man, he followed that occupation for four or five years. He then began working on a farm, receiving thirteen dollars a month for the first season's work. Having providently accumulated a sum of money, Mr. Spaulding invested it in real estate, his first purchase being thirty acres in the town of Stockbridge. He owned this but a short time before he disposed of it; and for some years thereafter he and his brother Philander, having formed a partnership, bought land and worked together. The firm dissolving partnership, our subject continued to deal in real estate to a certain extent, buying and selling several different farms. In 1870 he purchased the farm where he now lives, consisting of upward of two hundred acres of rich and productive land, on which he does a lucrative business as general farmer and stock-raiser. About twenty-five acres of this he devotes to the raising of hops, an important crop in this section of the country. He also has a large dairy, comprising fifty head of cattle, Durham and Ayrshire crossed being his favorite grade. Since it has been in his possession the homestead has been improved until now it is considered in every respect one of the best in this vicinity. His fine residence and commodious farm buildings, with the most improved machinery for carrying on his work, are indicative of the thorough and progressive farmer. Besides the home farm, our subject is the owner of other farms in the county, much of his property being in real estate.
   He is a man of untiring energy, possessed of excellent judgment and good financial ability; and the high position he occupies among the wealthy farmers of Madison County is due to his own unaided efforts, as he has been the architect of his own fortune. Beginning life as a poor boy, working for every penny, he has earned, saved, made judicious investments; and, without being at all miserly in any way, but, on the contrary, being liberal and generous in his dealings with his fellow-men, Mr. Spaulding holds high rank among the prosperous men of the county, and is numbered among the prominent and solid men of the town. During his life he has crossed the ocean twenty-six times, going either for business or pleasure, and has become very familiar with the larger part of Scotland and England. Politically, he is a stanch Democrat. In religion he is broad and liberal in his views.
   Mr. Spaulding was married October 18, 1847, to Fannie Parker, who was born in Cicero, Oneida County, being a daughter of Chester Parker. Both of her parents are now deceased. Mrs. Spaulding passed away long since, her death occurring on the home farm, July 20, 1878. To her and her husband were born four children, the following being their record: Adelbert, who lives on the old Armour farm, owned by his father; Ruth, who married Edwin Morse, of Lenox; Letha, who lives in Augusta; and Imogene, who married Joseph Smith, and died at the age of forty-one years.

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