Mr. Spaulding: What Made/Makes Him Tick (Basic Background)


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To understand the background for this post, it will be helpful if you first read, “Where (and How) in the World is…..Mr. Spaulding?!!!”  [Also, at the very end of that post is a comment submitted by Mr. Spaulding today, August 5th.]

In early July the agreement Mr. Spaulding (Dave Spaulding) and I had was that I’d email to him a list of questions/topics I thought would be of interest. Questions about what made/makes him tick.  He would then bite off a few questions at a time, having the discretion to address any questions/topics he desired.

To follow up on our agreement, on July 8th I emailed to Mr. Spaulding a list of 35 questions.  The first few questions asked for very basic information.  Moving down the list, the questions became more in depth.  After he received my email, in his spunky and kind way he replied that he had received my manuscript, and proceeded with answers to the first questions.  Um…then I sent him a few more.  Which he answered, and then I sent him a few more!  (Poor guy!)

Below is how we/Mr. Spaulding started out. We plan to take our time in moving through the questions.  While you are waiting for more questions to be addressed in posts over the next weeks/months, if you have any questions you’d like to ask Mr. Spaulding, below, in the comments area, feel free to do so.

Within a few days or a week, I’ll post information again about Mr. Spaulding, most likely regarding his military service.

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I was born in McGregor, Iowa, and went to school there until my junior year.  I moved to Monona, Iowa, and finished high school there.  After high school I enlisted in the U. S. Navy.  I served in the Navy from October 1944 to August 1946, including serving in Guam.

I went to college in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 1947 to 1951.  At that time it was named Iowa State Teachers College.  Some years before that it was Iowa State Normal School.  Better than abnormal, I guess.

After college I taught at Calamus, Iowa, for two years.  I then moved to Bode, Iowa, and taught for the Twin Rivers School District in Bode from 1953 to 1964.

During the 1964-65 year I taught in Grand Marais, Minnesota.  My oldest son, John, was born there.

Beginning in the fall of ’65 through the spring of ’83 I taught in Rolfe, and then back to Bode again until retirement from teaching in spring of ’92.

I kept up with learning.  In the summer of ’58 I studied chemistry at the University of Alaska.  The summer of ’59 I was at Texas Tech College at Lubbock, Texas.  The summer of ’60 I went to Carleton College at Northfield, Minnesota.

Still seeking knowledge, in the summers of  ’69 and ’70 I attended the University of Washington where I studied oceanography.  Those two summers were a lot of fun!

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2 Responses to “Mr. Spaulding: What Made/Makes Him Tick (Basic Background)”

  1. Clara Says:

    Mr. Spaulding sounds like a really neat teacher and person. I may have seen him sometime but don’t think I ever met him.

  2. Clara Says:

    This comment is for Mr. Spaulding.

    Dave, when you were at Twin Rivers, did you know Blaine Ward. He taught in Lincoln and the Omaha area for quite a while and then in the educational administration department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He retired a few years ago. When I was talking with him this spring, he mentioned he’d taught at Twin Rivers one year, either 1962/63 or 1963/64. I’m not sure what he taught–perhaps PE.

    Clara Hoover (RHS 1960, one of Louise’s sisters)

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