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Transcribed biography of Melvin and Emma Spangler


The son of Clinton and Bessie Spangler, Melvin came to Jackson Twp., Porter Co., with his parents and sister, Arthelia, from Hessville (Hammond), Ind., in 1931. Emma is the daughter of Henry and Minnie Barnett and came to Washington Twp., Porter Co., when her family moved from Hallsville, Ill. in 1919. Melvin graduated from Hammond High School in 1931, and Emma graduated from Washington Twp, H. S. in 1934. She also attended Valparaiso University for two years. After their marriage in 1939 they lived in Valparaiso until 1949 when they and their three children moved to Washington Twp., living about a mile north of the school on road 400E, in the same house as Emma's parents. In 1968 they moved to Dyer, Ind., where they now live.

Melvin is a member of Porter Lodge #137 F. & A. M. South Bend Valley Scottish Rite, and Chequecek Lodge #56 I.O.O.F. He has worked at Inland Steel, McGills, did some construction work, and is presently at Ford Stamping Plant in Chicago Hts. Emma has worked at Philley Mfg. Co., Lantz Mfg. Co., Wash-O-Mat Laundry, and Simmons Co in Munster.

While living in Porter Co. the Spanglers were members of the First Christian Church and were active in the church organizations. They were also members of the Washington P.T.A. Their children are second generation graduates of the Washington Twp. High School: Louise (Taylor) 1958, Janet (Johnson) 1960, and Kenneth 1967. A third generation, Louise's children, are attending the school at the present time.

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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