MORENCI, Mich., Sept. 19.—Philetus Spear was one of five children born to Stephen and Lucinda Spear. He was born near Adrian, Dec. 21, 1833. His parents were among the earliest settlers of Lenawee county, his father coming to Michigan in 1831. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Powell, a Baptist minister prominent in the denominational life of that church in that day. At an early age young Spear with his parents moved to Washtenaw county and there resided until he was 10 or 11 years old. Later they moved to Adrian and there resided for a short time; removing from there to North Morenci, where they remained until the time of their death. In 1857 Philetus married Miss Deborah Rorick. After they married they lived on the farm now occupied by Cosper Rorick. In the early ‘60’s they moved to what is now known as the Spear farm in Medina township, where they continued to live until two years ago when, on account of the infirmities of age, they moved to Morenci. Mr. Spear was a member of the Medina Baptist church and maintained an active interest in all public affairs. His last slickness was a protracted one, extending over nearly a year, during which time he had been confined to the bed, tenderly cared for by his wife and by his son and son’s wife.
He leaves a wife, one son, E.E. Spear, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild, a brother and a sister.
The funeral was held from the house on East Main street Friday afternoon, Rev. S.J. Hall officiating. The bearers were C.H. Rorick, Curtis Rorick, R.H. Rogers, Jr., Paul, Kenneth and Lawrence Spear.
Friends from out of town were Albert Foster and family of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo, Dr. Rorick Bennett of Detroit, Dr. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mrs. G.H. Crane, John Rorick of Fayette, Mrs. Mary Sweet of Lyons.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 20, 1917.