HENRY M. SPENCER was born near Murrayville, Morgan County, Ill., Oct. 3, 1850, his parents being Major and Nancy (Duncan) Spencer. He resided with his parents until the date of his marriage, Nov. 16, 1869, and received his education in the common schools. He was united in marriage with Virginia Barnett, a daughter of William and Catherine Barnett. This union has been blessed with five children, all of whom are living - Calvin, Laura, William, Dora and Pius. Mr. Spencer was engaged in farming previous to the time of entering into partnership in the mercantile business with W. P. Rigg. He is a member of the Athensville lodge, I.O.O.F. and has held all the offices pertaining to a membership in that lodge. His political views are democratic. He is an industrious, go-ahead business man, hence is meeting with success in his undertakings.