Biography of Dr. Jacob F. Spalding



Meaning of the Frothingham Name
Biography of Jacob F Spalding
Thomas Frothingham Letter
Richard and Thomas Frothingham Jrs Years in Ellsworth County, Kansas, 1886-1888
First Presbyterian Church, Galesville, Wisconsin






 Biography of Dr. Jacob Franklin Spalding

 By Mrs. George Newell (Lizzie) Frothingham

Note: Lizzie Frothingham was the daughter of Jacob F Spalding. She wrote this biography sometime between 1921 and 1946. The document I have was re-copied from the original by Evelyn Frothingham in 1957. (Evelyn's additions are in italics.)


Dr. Spalding was born in Hillsboro, N H July 11th 1842. His mother was a Barker and one of her ancestors was in the Boston Tea Party. His Great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War and belonged to the branch of the family that gave the country President Pierce.

Dr. Spalding was educated in the public schools of Nashua and after graduating from the High School obtained a position in a Cabinet Shop where he remained for several years.

During his leisure hours he prepared himself for the Ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church and preached his first sermon June 20th 1870 in Antrim, NH. He held that pastorate three years, the next three years he preached in New Ipswich then 3 years in Londonderry, NH and from there he came to Salisbury for three years. The conference then sent him to Hampton NH, where he remained three years, returning to Salisbury for another 3 years, the first minister to be called back to a pastorate at the close of a three year term. He was then sent to Seabrook NH where he remained when he resigned to take up his ambition to be a physician. During all these years he had been very much interested in medical science and was a constant associate of the physicians in his various pastorates. For nearly forty years he gave the greater part of his time, strength and ability to the amorlioration of human ills. The weather was never too cold or stormy to keep him from answering a call for assistance, and often times while ministering to the body, he was able to give comfort to the mind. He had a brain well stored with religious truths and was able to give comfort to all during sickness and troubles. He saw the need of religious work at the beach [Salisbury] and was influential in building Hope Chapel and was pastor there for twenty years. He was much interested in Community work in the town. He served on the School Board, and agent of the Board of Health and a member of the committee in charge of the town Library, when it located in the Old Post Office Bldg. (?) When the State offered help to the towns, Salisbury took advantage of the offer and the old Library was donated as a part of the present Public Library. "This was written in 1921 and the, then Library was the building now used as the Athletic Club and Thrift Shop in the center at about 1 Elm St. This Spring, 1957, a new brick building was opened on the park between Bridge Rd and Elm St. Dr Spalding's grandson Randolph Frothingham was a member of the Board of Selectmen at the time plans were laid for this building and was influential in furthering this project."

On October 6 1921 the brick school was dedicated and named the Jacob F. Spalding School. Mrs. Francis Pettingell presented the petition with 500 signatures requesting that the name be given to the building and Mr. George Dow, Chairman of the Selectmen accepted it in behalf of the Town and the large bronze letters were unveiled by two of Dr. Spalding's grandchildren, Gertrude and Randolph Frothingham. Dr. Frank Wright, deputy Commissioner of Mass. Schools delivered the address and in his remarks, he said, A school building is not a money making institution, but is for the public good, and as Dr. Spalding served the public for the good he could do, so that is the object of the school. Those who knew the Dr. in his palmy days, will appreciate the words of the friend who wrote these verses in memory of him.

With lion heart he faced the growing light

Nor feared whatever changes time might bring

Like trumpet peals the words re-echoing ring

Wherein he summoned us to manly fight.

One was his lesson, taught in word and deed

All honor lies in service, Nothing dies

that has its roots in love and sacrifice

The heart that helps the world must often bleed.

A presence in our lives, he liveth still

He cannot leave us wholly, Still anew

We hear the voice that calls us to persue

The ends he sought, and his great hope fulfill.


He died 11 days after the dedication of the School; at the Anna Jaques Hospital, after an operation for cancer. This was on October 17, 1921. Dr and Mrs. Spalding were the parents of six children: four of these surviving him. Mr. Charles Spalding, Mrs. G. N. (Lizzie) Frothingham: Mrs. Frank (Louise) Brown and Mrs. Max. (Alice) de Rochemont.


Tribute to Dr. Spalding

By Mrs E. F. Newell


Minister, Doctor and Friend.

Through forty long years you have been

Caring for souls once sick in sin:

Caring for bodies by pain low laid:

No call unheeded but cheerfully made,

a friend to the friendless, a helper in nedd

Minister, Doctor and Friend.


Minister, Doctor and Friend.

Your love for our town has been strong and sweet,

The calls have been many for your wilting feet:

Your generous hand, your ready smile

We'll miss when you leave us after a while,

Our friend of the friendless, our helper in need

Minister, Doctor and Friend.


Minister, Doctor and Friend.

We pause for a moment in life to bring

This tribute to you whose honor we sing.

We blazon these words both high and clear

And hold you for always in memory dear

Our friend to the friendless, our helper in need

Minister, Doctor and Friend.





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