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Frederick F. Sparks

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Frederick F. Sparks

Posted: 30 Apr 2002 4:46PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sparks, Roberts, Hayes, McClurg, Hart, Reese, Dalrymple, Thrailkill, Sutton
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington county, 1901, pages 695-696

Frederick F. Sparks belongs to the younger class of farmers who are doing much to better their own conditions and at the same time that of the community in which they live; and in this respect may be regarded as public benefactors. It is impossible for a man to live up to the best that is in him, as Mr. Sparks has aimed to do, without benefiting those about him, and the influence exercised for good can not be calculated. Mr. Sparks was born and reared on the place where he now lives, Rock Creek township, Huntington county, Indiana, his birth occurring January 2, 1861, and has grown into an industrious, honorable gentleman, a credit to the state which claims him as a son. His parents were Isaac B. and Cynthia Ann (Roberts) Sparks. The father was a native of Virginia, but moved to Indiana and for a short time stopped in Grant county, where he was married to Miss Cynthia Roberts, a native of that county. About 1854 they located in Rock Creek township and entered eighty acres of land. He built a log cabin home amid the trees and part of the building yet stands as a landmark of pioneer life. He not only cleared this land but about two hundred acres more, being assisted in the work by his sons. He was of an energetic nature and when not busy on the farm took a prominent part in carrying out public improvements. He was a Democrat and served as supervisor of his township, and helped to lay out public roads, determine township lines, or lend a willing hand in any work where assistance was needed. He is one of the best known men in Huntington county, and counts his friends by the hundred. He is a member of the Christian church and a man whom all respect. One of the heaviest sorrows of his life was the loss of his wife, who sank to sleep July 12, 1897. Mr. Sparks resides near Warren, Indiana. The following children comprised their family: William, who is a farmer in Van Buren township, and married Miss Dorcas Hayes; Albert, who met death in an accident when he was in his twenty-fourth year; Robert, who married Miss Mary Jane McClurg and lives in this neighborhood; Rachel, wife of B. F. Hart, of Salamonie township; Frederick F.; Sarah, wife of A. Reese a farmer of Salamonie township; Maria, wife of John Dalrymple, of this township; Rebecca Jane, who died at the age of three years; Susie, who married Silas Thrailkill, of this township, Cynthia A., a child who died in infancy; and Isaiah, a resident of Warren.

Frederick F. Sparks was reared on his father's farm, where he remained until 1889, and then bought the original eighty acres and has made it his home since. At that time he had no capital except a stout heart, willing hands and an unshaken belief in his ability to succeed. He was inured to work, and realizing that it would take plenty of hard labor, perseverance and self-denial to accomplish the task he had laid out. How well he has succeeded may be seen by a glance at his well kept farm. He has been quick to adopt new methods to lighten or facilitate his work, and is one of the most advanced farmers of Rock Creek township, buying such machinery as is needed to carry on his work to the best advantage. He owns a clover huller, steam thresher, well drill and other up-to-date machinery, which marks him a man of the times; and his farm is one of the best kept in the county, not an inch of waste ground being found on the premises.

Mr. Sparks was married September 3, 1887, to Miss Ruth E. Reese, a most charming and amiable lady. Two bright children have been added to their household: Jesse J., who was born July 29, 1888, and Elsie, born September 28, 1893. Mr. Sparks is a Democrat, and both he and his wife are members of the Christian church. It is impossible to find in his life anything corrupt or unjust, and he is deservedly popular in the county. The parents of Mrs. Sparks are William and Hester Ann (Sutton) Reese, the father a native of Ohio and a son of Jesse Reese. When he was a child of three years his father moved to Indiana and entered land in Salamonie township, one of the earliest settlers. He passed to his reward September 18, 1897, leaving many friends to regret him. His wife now resides in Warren. They were the parents of seven children, Monroe, deceased; Alexander; Theodore, deceased; Ruth E.; Luella; Lizzie; Lloyd.

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