G. W. SPEARS, D.D.S. - Dr. G. W. Spears, engaged in the practice of dentistry in Petersburg, was born in Tallula, Menard county, May 1, 1869, a son of G. C. and Elizabeth Spears, the former born in Kentucky on the 18th of April, 1822, while the latter's birth occurred in Menard county. In their family were nine children, of whom G. W. Spears is the seventh in order of birth.
Reared under the parental roof, Dr. Spears devoted the greater part of his boyhood to the acquirement of a good education in the public schools of his native town, and when he had mastered the more specifically literary branches of knowledge he entered upon the mastery of the principles of dentistry, matriculating in the Chicago Dental College, where he completed the regular course and was graduated on the 1st of May, 1902. Immediately afterward he came to Petersburg. He did not have long to wait for patients and his business has grown continually, so that he now has a large and gratifying practice. He is familiar with the latest methods known to the science, has his office equipped with the latest improved dental appliances, and his skill in performing the mechanical work connected with the profession has secured him a very desirable patronage, which indicates that he has found favor with the public.
On the 1st of January, 1902, Dr. Spears was united in marriage to Miss Florence Wood, of Petersburg, a daughter of H. A. Wood, one of the old settlers and prominent residents of Menard county. The Doctor and his wife are members of the Christian church, have many friends and occupy an enviable position in social circles here. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias lodge, and in the line of his profession he is a member of the Alumni Association of the Chicago Dental College and also belongs to the Illinois State Dental Society. He is a Republican in politics, but cares nothing for public office.