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THURSTON, Irvin Harris
DUNHAM, Lydia Ellen

SPICER, William James Rev.


Family Links

1. MOTT, Ruth Harriet

2. THORNDIKE, Bertha Cecelia

SPICER, William James Rev.

  • Born: 22 Oct 1904, Mankato, MN
  • Marriage (1): MOTT, Ruth Harriet on 17 Sep 1935 in St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Menasha, WI
  • Marriage (2): THORNDIKE, Bertha Cecelia on 22 Jun 1970 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI
  • Died: 26 Jan 1984, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI at age 79
  • Buried: Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI

bullet  General Notes:

"Father Bill", as he was affectionately known, earned a degree in Philosophy in June of 1926 from Carleton College and then a Theology Degree from the Episcopal Seabury Theological Seminary in Northfield, Minnesota. His first parish was St. James on the Parkway in Minneapolis where he served from 1929-1933. He then spent 12 years at All Saints in Appleton, Wisconsin from 1933 to 1945 where all three of his children were born. That was followed by a 5 years as the pastor of All Saints in Syracuse, New York before returning to Wisconsin where he finished his ministry at Trinity Church, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, retiring in 1972.

Charter member of The Associated Parishes (1946),

Dean of the Winnebago Convocation, Diocese of Fond du Lac,

Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity by Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill (1966)


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

He was baptized on 8 Jan 1905 in Mankato, MN. St. John's Episcopal -details on file

High School graduation from Mankato Public Schools on June 2, 1922.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College, Norhtfield, Minnesota on January 30, 1926.

Graduated from seminary on May 22,1928 from Seabury Seminary.

He was ordained to the Priesthood in the Episcopal Church on December 16th, 1928 at St. Paul's Church in Minneapolisl, Minnesota by Frank Arthur McEwain, Bishop of the Diocese of Minnesota.

Made a Deacon in the Episcopal Church on June 10, 1928 at St. John's Church in Mankato, Minnesota by Bishop Frank McElwain.

He was employed. Episcopal Priest

He was ordained a Doctor of Divinity on 26 May 1961 in Evanston, IL. 2 An honorary DD degree confired by Seabury-Western Seminary which he always called "donated dignity."


William married Ruth Harriet MOTT, daughter of Wesley Mayhew MOTT and Emma Amalia HOLMES, on 17 Sep 1935 in St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Menasha, WI. (Ruth Harriet MOTT was born on 9 Oct 1912 in Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI, died on 7 Dec 1960 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI and was buried on 10 Dec 1960 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI.)


William next married Bertha Cecelia THORNDIKE on 22 Jun 1970 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI. (Bertha Cecelia THORNDIKE was born on 4 Dec 1925 in Orlando, FL.)



1 Various, A collection of pictures and documents handed down from William J. Spicer, Sr., Framed certificate.

2 Ibid, Framed certificate.

3 Ibid, Framed certificate in Latin.

4 Ibid, From the framed certificate.

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