SPAYD, CLARENCE E., editor of the Harrisburg Star-Independent, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., December 9, 1869, and is a son of John W. Spayd and a grandson of Jonathan Spayd. Like so many young men of ambition he has had a remarkably successful experience in all his undertakings. At five years of age he was sent to the the district school at Carsonville, in the upper end of this county. In 1880 he entered the Millersville (Pennsylvania) State Normal School, and it was while at that institution that he became interested in penmanship, which resulted in his being the recognized expert in writing in the school. After spenting several years at that institution, during which time he pursued a number of scientific studies, and a special course marked out by his own inclinations, he followed a line of reading embracing all branches of science and literature. It was during his school days that he made the acquaintance of Miss Edith A. Mooney, a talented and ambitious young lady, who eventually became his wife.
Mr. Spayd spent three years in teaching, devoting the last year to the school of Manheim, Lancaster county, Pa., as assistant principal. Having gained considerable prominence as a penman, he was tendered several positions by leading schools of the country to teach the art, but preferring another field of work he accepted the position as city editor of the Harrisburg Independent. When the Star was consolidated with that paper he continued to fill that position. It was during the first years of his newspaper career that the series of articles on penmanship which he has been contributing for several years to the Popular Educator, an educational magazine published in Boston and Chicago, gained so much popularity with teachers of the United States that the publishers prevailed upon him to write a book on that subject. Shortly afterwards, by working during his leisure hours, a book of several hundred pages, entitled "Complete Manuel of Commercial Penmanship," made its appearance. It sprung into popularity at once, and Mr. Spayd became well known as an author of pronounced ability among the leading educators of the country.
He has been a life-long Lutheran and is a promnent member of Memorial Lutheran church at Fifteenth and Shoop streets, Harrisburg, where he is closely identified with Sunday-school work, having class of young women. He is also business manager of the Memorial Lutheran, a monthly journal published in the interests of the above church. Mr. Wien Forney, the venerable editor and famous war correspondent, retiring from the editorial chair of the daily and weekly Star-Independent, which he filled for so many years, Mr. Spayd succeeded him and now holds that responsible position. This paper has a very large circulation in Central Pennsylvania and is in a very prosperous condition. As the editor of this well-known newspaper he has shown his capabilities as a writer and made friends for the paper by his fair manner in treating all classes, and honestly advocating the best interests of the people. Although but twenty-six years of age he was elected to common council from the Second ward in the spring of 1896. He has always been a staunch Republican and is identified with several local interests, one of which is the Commonwealth Building and Loan Association, of which he is a director. He is known for his kind, generous disposition, and his lively nature, pleasing conversation, and courteous and affable manner make him a favorite with all who are brought in contact with him. His residence at 1611 Swatara street is one of the cosiest in East Harrisburg, being surrounded by a beautiful lawn and attractively built. In his library, surrounded by his books and with his wife and daughter, he spends most of his time after leaving the Star-Independent office. He is a liberal contributor to many magazines as well as some of the leading metropolitan newspapers of the country. The Chicago Times-Herald is one of his leading western papers. His acquaintance with well-known educational as well as business and professional men has been of inestimable value to him in his successful career.
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