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Death of Mr. Richard Young Spikings

Mr. George Duddleston of 115 North Fifth Avenue, Chicago, U.S., writes to us under date, the 18th inst., as follows: "On October 14th there died in Chicago one of our earliest pioneers, who arrived from Wisbech in 1842. He had seen the city of Chicago grow from 5,000 or 6,000 people to 2,250,000. Mr. R. Y. Spikings came from Walton, near Wisbech, and was an Uncle of Mrs. Joseph Johnson, of Wisbech. Next month, if he had lived, he would have been 91 years of age. Another native of Walton died about four weeks since, Mrs. Bartley, who left Wisbech in 1844, when she was Miss Beagley. She also had attained a great age--94 years. The following reference to Mr. Spikings' death appears in a Chicago paper: "Richard Young Spikings, one of Chicago's earliest settlers, died on Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Zana Ferguson, 3900 Lawrence avenue. He was born in Cambridgeshire, England, in 1821, and came to Chicago in 1843. He served in the civil war as a member of the Third Illinois Cavalry. He was married July 2, 1847, to Augusta Cornelia Harding. She died June 8, 1910. He was one of the oldest members of Providence Lodge, A. F. and A. M. at Jefferson, where he was a farmer for many years. Seven children were born, five of whom survive. They are: William H. Spikings, 4853 North Fortieth Avenue; Louis, Bowmanville; George, 5031 North Fortieth Avenue; Mrs. John Herbert, Sheridan, Neb.; and Mrs. Zana Ferguson, 3900 Lawrence Avenue. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Ferguson. The Masons will take charge of the services." Some of our older readers will remember Mr. Richard Spikings, and also Mr. John Spikings. Of the latter it was said when he went to pay for the purchase of a large farm, he took it all in gold, and a heavy bag it was!