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Transcribed biography of Clinton and Bessie Spangler


The Perrin farm in Jackson Twp. was home for Clinton and Bessie Spangler and their son, Melvin, and daughter, Arthelia, when they moved to Porter Co. from Hessville (Hammond), Ind., in 1931. Clint was a bricklayer and worked at Inland Steel, Shell Oil Refinery, and in Valparaiso and Porter Co. The family were members of the First Christian Church in Valparaiso and were active in the church organizations. Bessie was a member of the Flint Lake Ladies Club. Their daughter, Arthelia, was married to Herman Krieger, and in January 1944, she and her two sons lost their lives in an auto-truck accident at the intersection of Roads 2 and 30 south of Valparaiso. Melvin married Emma Barnett and lives in Dyer, Ind.

One day in 1933, five escapees from the prison in Michigan City, later learned to be a part of the Dillinger gang, forced Clint at gunpoint to get a team of horses to pull their car out of a mud hole. They took him to near Deepriver before releasing him. Clint was not hurt and after getting to a telephone, he called Sheriff Fry and was taken home. The convicts were all apprehended.

In 1946 the Spanglers sold their farm to Mr. Goin and moved to a home that Clint built on Bullseye Lake road across from the lake. The old farm home in Jackson Twp. burned in 1947 and Mr. Goin built a new home at the same location.

Mrs. Spangler was 69 when she died in 1959 and Clint was 76 when he died in 1966.

Submitted by Emma (Barnett) Spangler

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 164

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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