Elsie Emma Bringewatt
1913 - 2004



FACTS AT A GLANCE
BORN: 24 OCT 1913
         Daykin, Nebraska
MARRIED: Ernest "Jack" SPICER
         05 MAY 1944
         Grand Forks, North Dakota
DIED: 26 AUG 2004
         Grand Forks, North Dakota



Elsie Emma Bringewatt was the fourth child, but first daughter born to Henry Bringewatt and Anna Drees. She married Jack Spicer who was at that time a soldier home on leave, one week before he returned to duty. Jack was involved in the liberation of the Philippines and the occupation of Japan, finally returning home to his bride on February 13, 1946.

Jack worked as a farm hand after the war, though he didn't own a farm of his own. They lived in the country until July 1957 when they got their first home in Grand Forks proper. Jack and Elsie had a son and a daughter.

Jack went to work as a boiler operator at the University of North Dakota. Elsie ran a daycare out of their home for many years to bring in extra money.

Jack died in 1972, but Elsie would live for another 32 years. She corresponded with family members across the country and her interest in the family led her to research and write two books on the history and origins of the Drees and Bringewatt families.

Elsie passed away at the age of 90.


HUSBAND of Elsie Emma Bringewatt:
    Ernest "Jack" SPICER

     1912-1972

PARENTS of Elsie Emma Bringewatt:
    Henry William BRINGEWATT

     1877-1923
    Anne Marie Louise DREES
     1881-1970

CHILDREN of Elsie Emma Bringewatt:
   1. Elaine Elsie (LEGG)
   2. Lloyd James SPICER




DREES FAMILY HOMEPAGE


References:
  A Genealogy and History for the Family of Albert and Ethel Drees, by Donna Widenhoefer
  The Drees Family Tree, Book II, by Elsie Spicer
  1925 North Dakota State Census for Grand Forks ND
  1940 U.S. Federal Census for Grand Forks ND
  OBIT: Grand Forks Herald, August 28, 2004