Richard Henry Spencer, my great grand uncle, was the oldest son born to John Henry Spencer and Lucy Lodica Elmer. Richard was born in Payson , Utah County, Utah on 12 Oct. 1862. Richard spent most of his time growing up in Utah County and then later in Sanpete County . It was there that he met Annie Harriet Reynolds. The couple married in Salt Lake City on 14 Feb. 1884 and spent the remainder of their lives living in Indianola, Sanpete County , Utah .
They had a very large family: Richard Leo in 1884; Hannah L. in 1886; Henry Mert in 1888; George Earl in 1890; Mary Ada in 1892; Hattie A. in 1894; Jesse Vord in 1895; Elvareta in 1898; Elmer Ward in 1901; John Edison in 1904; and Eliza Arsula in 1907.
From A History of Sanpete and Emery Counties , Utah :
SPENCER, RICHARD H., merchant, son of John and Lodica, was born in Payson , Utah , October 12, 1862. The family came to Indianola in 1874, father being called here as a missionary to the Indians, and was appointed bishop, holding the position until his death, August 14, 1891. Mother died in Utah County , September 17, 1890. Richard was raised on a farm, and in 1885 and 1886 was superintendent of the Co-Op store. In 1889 he opened a store of his own, where he carries a general stock of goods needed in a country store and does a good business. He is also a farmer and sheep raiser, owns 700 acres of land and is making a specialty of thoroughbred Cotswold sheep and doing much in breeding up the native herds. Was married in Salt Lake City on February 14, 1884, to Annie, daughter of Levi B. and Hannah Reynolds, born in Mt. Pleasant on February 22, 1862. They have six children: Leo, Lodica, Henry M., Hattie, Vard and Aurelia.
The following news snippet was included in Richard’s “Obituary Scrapbook.” It pertains to his 50th Wedding Anniversary:
INDIANOLA: Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Spencer, pioneer residents of Indianola, entertained in honor of their fiftieth anniversary at their home in Indianola recently. They were married in the Salt Lake L. D. S. endowment house February 14, 1884. They journeyed from Indianola for eight days in covered wagons with four other couples that were married the same day. All the others have since died. Mr. Spencer was born in Payson, October 12, 1862. He came to Indianola in 1875 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John and Ann Reynolds Spencer. They were called as missionaries by President Brigham Young to labor among the Indians of Indianola. Mr. Spencer became one of the most prominent farmers and stockmen of the community, and has always been active in civic and L. D. S. church work. He filled a mission to Great Britain in 1900 and was bishop of Indianola ward several years. Ann Reynolds was born in Mt. Pleasant January 22, 1861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi B. Reynolds. She came to Indianola with a sister and has made this her home since. She always has been active in L. D. S. church work, serving 25 years as choir leader. Of their 12 sons and daughters, eight are living, J. Edison, H. Murt and Vard Spencer, and Mrs. R. D. Tibbs, Indianola; R. Les Spencer, Gunnison ; Mrs. J. R. Seeley, Hazelton. Idaho ; Mrs. J. M. Price and Mrs. J. H. Peterson, Salt Lake ; also 30 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Richard Henry Spencer died at the age of 83 years on 3 June 1946 in Indianola , Utah . He is laid to rest in the Indianola Cemetery . I have been told by people familiar with this area that the “old” Indianola Cemetery was at one time owned by the Spencer family. It lies near an old Indian burial ground and is now nearly eroded to nothing.