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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

History of Arizona, 1896

Spencer W. Clawson is now the most efficient foreman of the Copper Queen Mines at Bisbee and his lot is one of action rather than meditation. Mr. Clawson was born in Schuyler County, New York, May 2, 1848 and he resided there until nineteen years old, attending the common schools.  The family moved to Seneca County, New York, and he there attended the East Genesee Conference Seminary and was graduated from that institution. Later he learned the trade of jeweler and worked at it at different places for some time and was with the Ithaca Clock Company for seven years.  In 1874 he went to Elgin, was with the Elgin Watch Company for a time and in 1875 went to California, where he was employed as a master mechanic for two years.

In 1880 Mr. Clawson went to Tombstone Arizona and became assistant foreman in the Contention Mine, a position he filled until July 10, 1884. He then accepted a position as assistant foreman of the mines at Bisbee Arizona and that position occupied until the death of Mr. Howell, the former foreman, March 23, 1895. 

Mr. Clawson was married August 14, 1881 at Tombstone, to Miss Lois Brown, a native of California and one child Clarence was born to them February 15, 1884.  This bright little boy passed away March 18, 1890.

Socially Mr. Clawson is a member of the Perfect Ashler Lodge of Masons at Bisbee and he is also a member of the Ancient Order United Workmen at the same place.

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