I received a treasure in the mail today! Orson Spencer's grand-daughter sent me several newspaper articles as well as some personal journal entries from Orson's mother. Here is the letter she sent me
October 6, 2010
Here are the many newspaper articles that she sent me which I have scanned and typed up below....
August 15th, 1938:
Spencer Wins Salt Water Swim
August 4th, 1941:
Orson Spencer Alone At Finish Of Black Rock Swim
July 22nd, 1956
Veteran Swimmer Gives Distance Race Slants
December 5th, 1962"
Swimming Now a Weighty C..."
What a pioneer he was! I am truly blessed to have been able to contact his family who had these wonderful records to share. I truly hope that his love for the sport, and his successes can be appreciated by fellow Utah swimmers and that the Great Salt Lake gets more attention like it once did as a highly respectable open water swimming challenge and adventure.