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Full Name:

Geneva Dera Spiker
 Known As:Jean 
 Date of Birth:May 25, 1909 
 Date of Death:November 10, 2006 
 Spouse:Edward Marshall Haught 
 Father:Jacob Spiker 
 Mother:Lillie Missouri Gay Zinn 




May 25, 1909
Oxford, Holbrook Community, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
 Marriage:at age 36 to Edward Marshall Haught on June 15, 1945
 Death:November 10, 2006 at age 97
at Hannah's House, Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, USA
 Burial:November 15, 2006
South Fork Cemetery, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA




 When Jean was born:


Top News Headlines



President -William Howard Taft
Vice President - James S. Sherman


One of the Top Songs for 1909-- "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" by Fisk University Jubilee Quartet
Some of the Hot Toys /Games --  "Crayola Crayons"     "Jigsaw Puzzles"     "Kewpie Dolls"


Average Costs throughout the US in 1909

  • Bread averaged $.05 p/loaf
  • Milk would run you about $0.33 p/gallon
  • A Car would sell for $500
  • The median home value $4500
  • A US Postage Stamp was $0.02 each
  • The average income was $944 p/year
  • DOW Avg: 99

Fun Facts, Interesting Tidbits & Puzzling Trivia




  • Graduated from Pullman High School, WV
  • Graduated from Glenville State College, receiving her bachelors degree in education in 1938
  • Was a beloved public school teacher for 40 years in Doddridge & Ritchie Counties
  • Retired in 1974 from teaching at Creed Collins Elementary School in Pennsboro, WV
  • Member of the Ritchie County Association of Retired School Employees and the Ritchie County and West Virginia Retired Teachers Association.
  • Charter member of the Thomas Ritchie chapter of the Daughters of the American Pioneers, Harrisville, WV.
  • More than 50 year member of the Eastern Star, Chapter 26, Pennsboro
  • Member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary organization for teachers
  • Member of the Pennsboro Woman's Club
  • Was awarded a lifetime membership in the Parent-Teachers Association in recognition for her many years of selfless and tireless work on behalf of the P.T.A.
  • Member of the South Fork Baptist Church in Doddridge County, WV and, while living in Pennsboro, regularly attended the former Trinity United Methodist Church, now known as the Pennsboro United Methodist Church.
  • Jean was always telling funny stories. Our Library is full of stories that others have been telling about her including The Snake Story-As I've Heard Aunt Jean Tell It and Wood Thing Inn by Willa Dean Spiker.
  • Also in our Library, Bobbi Spiker Conley tells about the educational life lessons she received from her father & his siblings. You can read A Teacher Affects Eternity here.







The Paths Through our Garden

            Continue exploring our garden:

  The Spiker Family Tree -- See how deep our roots grow.
  Grow Healthy Trees -- The story behind our family's Medical Tree
  Heirloom Gardening - We're showing off some of our favorite family heirlooms.
  Planting the Seeds -- Getting the children involved in our family's history.
  Gardening Tools -- Just a few genealogy related tools and links we use to trace our lineage.