ELISHA G. SPEAR, who is engaged in the livery business in Greenview, and is serving as alderman of the city, was born in Menard county, January 28, 1876. He is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of this part of the state. His father, George Spear, a farmer and stock-raiser who lived on section 20, township 19, was born in Vermont, October 6, 1836, and was the third in a family of seven children born unto Elisha and Lucretia (Walker) Spear, who came to this state in the fall of 1838, and were therefore early settlers of the county. George Spear was then but two years of age and upon the old family homestead he was reared and has resided thereon throughout his entire life. In his youth he aided in the arduous task of developing a new farm and in later years he has carried on agricultural pursuits along the most progressive lines, using the latest improved machinery and equipping his place with modern accessories.
On the 6th of October, 1870, George Spear was united in marriage to Miss Sarah A. Dawson, who was born in Indiana, in October, 1841. They became the parents of three children: Flora, who was born August 2, 1871; Elsa, born January 26, 1873; and Elisha G. After his marriage the father continued farming on the old home place and was the owner of a valuable tract of land of five hundred and ten acres. He was very successful in his chosen life work and because of his unremitting diligence became the possessor of a very fine property. He died April 21, 1900, and the mother passed away January 28, 1887.
Elisha G. Spear began his education in the district schools of Menard county and afterward continued his education in Greenview. On putting aside his text-books he returned to the home farm, but in 1898 took up his abode in Greenview, where he turned his attention to the butchering business. A year later, however, he sold his meat market and began buying and selling horses. He is also conducting a livery stable and both branches of his business are proving remunerative. He is an enterprising young business man, reliable in his methods, and his efforts to please his patrons have secured to him a growing business.
On the 15th of March, 1898, Mr. Spear was united in marriage to Miss Martha A. Gaddie, a daughter of Andrew Gaddie. They have three children: Harold E., Elisha G. and Howard F. Mrs. Spear is a member of the Presbyterian church and like her husband is widely and favorably known in Greenview. Mr. Spear is a staunch Democrat in his political views and is now serving as a member of the city council, where he is giving practical demonstration of his interest in the welfare and substantial improvement of the city by his support of every aldermanic measure which he believes will contribute to the general welfare.