The ice man’s little girl is now 99 years old.

The ice man’s little girl is now 99 years old.
Martha O. Gibson Spangler, now an Oakview  Estates resident, celebrated her 99th birthday on Aug. 19.
“I was born in Pittsburg, on West Third,” she said.
Her parents were R.E. “Bob” Gibson and Bertha Erickson Gibson.
“There were eight boys and four girls in my father’s family,” she said. “There was a dentist, a doctor and an undertaker.”
One of her uncles owned the Standard Ice Company, and her father managed it.
“He made those big blocks of ice,” Mrs. Spangler said.
In the days before modern refrigerators, people used ice boxes to keep their food chilled, and had to regularly purchase ice from companies such as Standard.
Mrs. Spangler had two brothers and a sister. Kenneth Gibson worked at the Palace Clothing Company in Pittsburg for many  years, but Julian Gibson died at an early age. Her sister, Mae Gibson, was a well-known kindergarten teacher in the Kansas City area for many years.
For many years the family home was at 516  S. Georgia.
“It’s my understanding that my grandfather bought the house and moved it in,” said Marsha Moriconi, Mrs. Spangler’s daughter. “I believe it was one of the first houses on Georgia.”
Her mother attended Lakeside Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High School, now Pittsburg Community Middle School, and graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1929. She majored in art education at Kansas State Teachers College, now Pittsburg State University, and graduated in 1933.
She taught at Lincoln Elementary School and Roosevelt Junior High School until 1945.
Following that, she and her husband, Marshall Spangler, whom she married in 1941, moved to Miami, Okla.
“My father ran a John Deere implement business, and my mother helped him, especially at inventory time,” Mrs. Moriconi said.
She moved back to Pittsburg in 1970, and returned to 516 S. Georgia. For several years Mrs. Spangler was house mother for Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at PSU.
She has been a lifelong Presbyterian, first belonging to the United Presbyterian Church, which was located at Fourth and Walnut. That church was later torn down, and its congregation merged with the First  Presbyterian Church, now known as Pittsburg Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Spangler has been a teacher, Bible school superintendent, circle chairman, ordained deacon and elder.
She was also active in the Woman’s Study Club, Extension Study Club, Kansas  Retired Teachers Association, a life member of Retired Teachers and AARP Chapter 646.
In addition to daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Alfred Moriconi, Pittsburg, Mrs. Spangler has a son, Marshall Spangler, who lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Judy. She also has a grandson, Justin Gartner, who lives in Pittsburg with wife Kelly and family, and two step-grandsons, Curtis Moriconi and Bryan Hughes with wife September and family.
Mrs. Spangler gave up her driver’s license at 90, but continued to live in her own home until three years ago.
“She had an illness, and we just didn’t think it was safe for her to continue living by herself,” her daughter said.
It was a painful decision for Mrs. Spangler — and other family members — to sell the beloved family home.
“My grandmother would take in relatives over the years, and everybody in the family knew about 516 S. Georgia,” Mrs. Moriconi said. “We were known as porch people because we loved to sit on the porch and just watch traffic go buy.”
She said that her mother is very comfortable at Oakview Estates.
“She does still miss her home, of course,” Mrs. Moriconi said. “She’s in good health, and we take her out on weekends to eat. She’s still out and about,  just a little slower. We’re going for 100 now.”