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John E. Spens Jr married Olga Clara Filax.

Dececember 31, 1904, in Moltke Township, Michigan. John was  born
October 19 1867, location unknown, and died June 12, 1932, location
unknown (probably East Detroit). He married Olga Clara Filax, daughter
of Carl Filax and Ottelie (Buerr) seventh child of Carl and Ottelie Filax,
She was born June 22, 1882 in Moltke Township, Michigan, and died
May 01, 1959, Detroit Mihigan.

Olga Filax:

They attended St. Thomas & Peter Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan.

Funeral Service held at A. H. Peters Funeral Home, 12057 Gratiot Ave., Detroit,

Burial: May 04, 1959, Clinton Grove Cemetery, Mt. Clemens, Michigan

Residence: Olga lived on Glenfield Ave. in Detroit, Michigan.

John E. Spens Jr.
John started out as a butcher near the waterfront in East  Detroit, and
later made a living, buying and renovating houses. Then building them
to rent to buy programs. He and his family investors had over 22
houses when the banks collapsed in 1929. but only 4 left when the he
died. The 1930 census gives John’s occupation as builder of homes.

John is buried next to Olga in Clinton Grove Cemetery, Mt. Clemens,

Children of Olga (Filax) and John E. Spens are:

1. Paul William Spens, (Father of Richard Paul Spens) was born
September 30, 1904, Mt. Clemens, Michigan; and died November 08,
1976, at Boxford  hospital in Farmington, Hills, Michigan.

2. Mabelle R. Spens, (my Aunt) born February 21, 1908, location unknown; and died
July 25 1984, Dearborn, Michigan.

3. Roy William Spens, (my Uncle) born February 20, 1913, Detroit, Michigan; and
died October 18, 1970, Detroit, Michigan.

As teenager left bottom                   About World War I with  Uncle Harry?

Clowning around  during Collage days in the late Roaring Twentys, 1920
Big 6 Studebaker  Big 6 Limo in background at righ

By his Dads 1920 Big 6 Studabaker Limo in background at right

Alice, Pauls first wife  center
    Paul and first wife Alice                Paul's family   1930's  Paul 3 rd from  left                     Paul at left mom in center.   

           Paul attended Cass Technical High school for 2 years (school for
exceptional students at that time), then the University of Michigan,  and
after completing two years of medical school switched his degree
program and graduated with a degree in Petroleum Science. In 1930
Paul was residing with his parents as shown in the census. With the
crash of the stock markets and the depression, Paul packed up an home
built travel travel trailer  made into his living quarters behind an
Oakland "8", and went out to Kansas where he taught in a six-room
schoolhouse. He became the Athletic Coach then principal.

Paul returned to Detroit and lived with his mother, who was alone after
the death of Paul’s father in 1932.

Paul last worked at Burroughs in Livonia inspecting components and
took many classes on missile and aircraft systems, also the vacuum
tube  IBM 360 punchcard reading computers,
 In 1965 he  was transferred to, Bendix Aerospace at the no.#1 plant in
Ann Arbor, for working for NASA as an government inspector for the
space packages built by Bendix Aerospace the Apollo space programs
          (note he inspected the reflector units placed on the moon still in
use today the determine the slowly changing orbit of the moon and
testing earth born SDI laser systems). He shook hands with the  3
Gemini astronoughts, that burned up in the Gemini space capsule and
was severely saddened by their death and commented to me (when I
was a child a the time) he couldn't believe the space program used pure
oxygen atmosphere in its capsules, they have lowered the pressure
after the accident, but it is still used in certain conditions today.
  During World War II, he taught classes On repairing and rebuilding
aircraft engine electrical support systems  and published an the first
government cartoon style illustrated instruction book on the subject
used by the services.
 After the war he worked for Chrysler corp. as a test engineer
maintaining and performing petroleum analysis equipment while
getting his Maters degree in Mechanical Engineering at night school
using the GI Bill. He received an Patent for a Positive crankcase
vacuum ventilator using exaust driven venturi 10 years before any
emissions system were started in the  60,s .

He married (2) Ethel Mae (private), May 05, 1956 in St. Thomas & St.
Peters Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan. Ethel was born January 6,
1920 in Detroit, Michigan.

Funeral services were held at Grace Lutheran Church Burial: November
12, 1976, Clinton Grove Cemetery, Mt. Clemens, Michigan

For Mount clemens genology see....

Generation No. 4
Last updated 2 26 08

PAUL W. SPENS ( Paul Spens, Paul William Spens) family
Genealogy of Mount Clemens, MI
and Rogers city, Michigan.   
for a map of mount clemens see,+MI,   

This every-name index for the 1930 federal population census of Macomb County, Michigan

Surname   First Name   Age   ED#      Sheet Line#   City/Township      Soundex
Spens          Amanda    56      50-27  10A  6              Lenox Township  S152  
Spens  Anna  14  50-27  10A  13  Lenox Township  S152  
Spens  Arthur  50  50-10  18A  6  East Detroit  S152  
Spens  Arthur  24  50-27  10A  7  Lenox Township  S152  
Spens  Bette Jane  7  50-10  18A  8  East Detroit  S152  
Spens  Delores  2  50-10  18A  10  East Detroit  S152  
Spens  Evelyn  4  50-10  18A  9  East Detroit  S152  
Spens  Frederick  16  50-27  10A  12  Lenox Township  S152  
Spens  George  50  50-27  10A  5  Lenox Township  S152  
Spens  Howard  24  50-10  18A  

This index was created from National Archives microfilm of the World War I Selective Service Draft Registration Cards,
1917-1918, for Macomb County, Michigan, M1509, reels 113-114.  These microfilms are available for viewing at Mount
Clemens Public Library

Surname   Given Name             Birth date          Residence      Nearest relative
Spens        Alfred August Carl   27 Oct 1883      Halfway, MI    Spens, Rozena  
Spens  Arthur Henry  19 Aug 1879  Halfway, MI  Spens, Anna  
Spens  Edward Carl  07 Aug 1884  New Haven, MI  Spens, Louise  
Spens  George  18 Nov 1879  New Haven  Spens, Amanda  
Spens  Oscar Charles  19 Aug 1879  Halfway, MI  Spens, Rosena  
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