Biography of Thompson N. Spear
Kings County, CA Biographies





THOMPSON N. SPEAR.
This representative and highly esteemed citizen of Hanford, Kings county, has been distinctively the architect of his own fortunes has been true and loyal in all the relations of life and stands as a type of that sterling manhood which ever commands respect and honor. Thompson N. Spear was born on a farm in Connecticut on the 7th of April, 1888, and is the son of L. D. and Virginia (Thompson) Spear. The father is a successful farmer and he and his wife are still residing on the old homestead. The subject of this sketch received a good public school education and the years of his young manhood were spent on the paternal farmstead. When he attained his majority he started out on his own account, going to Texas, where he remained for a short time, and in the same year, 1909, he came to California, locating first at Coalinga, where he obtained employment in the oil field. He was so employed until 1915, when he and his brother, E. R. Spear, took the agency for the Dodge automobile at Coalinga. This enterprise proved so successful that the following year they came to Hanford and opened here as Dodge dealers. Their territory thus embraces Kings county and the west end of Fresno county. They employ fourteen men and have made a splendid record in the selling of this well known car. Careful and conservative and thoroughly reliable in their dealings with the public, they have earned a splendid reputation among the enterprising business men of this section of the state. Spear Brothers have recently erected a fine modern brick building for their own business and in connection they have a well equipped machine shop for repair work.

Mr. Spear's political affiliation is with the republican party and he is keenly interested in the general trend of public affairs, although not in any sense a politician. He is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and of the Kiwanis Club of Hanford. He is fond of golf and enjoys the companionship of friends, being a genial and large hearted man whom it is a pleasure to meet. Mr. Spear was married to Miss Vera Coleman, a native of Pennsylvania, and they have two children, Winifred and Thompson, Jr.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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