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Full Name:

Jacob Verlynne Spiker
 Known As:Lynn 
 Date of Birth:January 19, 1913 
 Date of Death:April 3, 1995 
 Spouse:Adelene Marjorie Maxson 
 Father:Jacob Spiker 
 Mother:Lillie Missouri Gay Zinn 




January 19, 1913
Oxford, Holbrook Community, Ritchie County, West Virginia, USA
 Marriage:at age 33 to Adelene Marjorie Maxson
Vienna, Wood County, West Virginia
 Occupation:US Agricultural Agent, Lewis County, West Virginia, USA 
 Death:April 3, 1995
 Burial:April 6, 1995
Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery, West Union, Doddridge County, West Virginia, USA




 When Lynn was born:


Top News Headlines

  • Jan 19 - Raymond Poincare installed as President of France
  • Jan 24 - Franz Kafka stops working on "Amerika"; it will never be finished.
  • Dec 24 - The Italian Hall Disaster occurred in Calumet when 73 men, women & mostly children were crushed to death after someone yelled "fire" and everyone rushed to exit a door that couldn't be opened.
  • Edward Noble founded the Life Savers and Candy Company in 1913.  
  • The name Hollywood was formally adopted.
  • The crossword puzzle was invented by Arthur Wynne and first published on Sunday, December 21, 1913 in the New York World newspaper.

President -William Howard Taft
Vice President - None


Two of the Top Songs for 1913-- "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra" both by Chauncy Olcott

Hot Toys /Games --  "Erector Set"


Average Costs throughout the US in 1913

  • Bread averaged $.06 p/loaf
  • Milk would run you about $0.36 p/gallon
  • Eggs cost $.32 p/dozen
  • A Car would sell for $500
  • The median home value $4800
  • A US Postage Stamp was $0.02 each
  • The average income was $1034 p/year
  • DOW Avg: 79

Fun Facts, Interesting Tidbits & Puzzling Trivia




  • Graduated from Pullman High School, WV
  • Glenville State College, West Virginia, USA
  • University of West Virginia, Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA
  • Enlisted on April 16, 1943 at age 30, Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA, "for the duration of the War (WW II) or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law."
  • Department of Veterans Affairs SIRLS Death File, 1850-2010:  Branch - Army; Enlistment Date 1 - April 23, 1943; Release Date 1 - April 15, 1946.
  • Wedding was officiated by his uncle, Ofa Bennett
  • Lynn was the one that gave the twins their "character" names.
  • Daughter Melinda tells us, "Dad didn't like his name, so when he turned 18, his mom (Gay Spiker) took him to the courthouse and let him change it to Lynn. That's why he didn't have a middle name."
  • Bobbi Spiker Conley tells about the educational life lessons she learned from the "Spiker siblings" in her Library contribution A Teacher Affects Eternity.
  • Adelene Spiker wrote About Lynn describing his love of peaches, talking about Marjory's fish fry & about the Sunny Point school. You'll find this story cataloged in our Library.
  • Read our two-part series, Introducing: Jacob Verlynne "Lynn" Spiker in the January 2017 and February 2017 editions of the Spiker Gazette.





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.