Springer, William and Margaret

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Springer, William and Margaret

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William Oliver Springer [1881-1944] was born in Kingston, Ontario. As a young man he lived in Boissevan, Manitoba and Saskatoon, Sask. He trained as a piano turner, working for Glockler Piano Company for fifteen years.

In 1925 he married Margret J. Reid. When the couple took up residence together in Salmon Arm, W.O.Springer continued to work in piano maintenance in Salmon Arm. The Springers lived on Hudson Street.

Born in Ontario, Margaret moved to Saskatchewan. Margret Reid worked for James M. Toombs in Kindersley, Sask. When she moved Salmon Arm in 1914, she continued to work for Toombs. She then formed a partnership with dressmaker Miss Robinson (or Jean Robison) and opened a drygoods shop called Reid and Robinson on Alexander St.

The firm’s name was changed to Reid and Co. following Margaret’s marriage to William. In 1931, the business relocated to Front Street. Mrs. Springer operated her retail store on Hudson until 1956 when she sold her business to J.W. Glen and retired to her home on Hudson Street.

The couple had one daughter, Dora, who married E.A Tweeddale and lived in Trail.


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