October 26, 2017
Whole Number 111
MALINDA JANE (SPARKS) LAKES, 1868 -1945
with son, Hiram F. Lakes
and granddaughter, Lenora Grimes
On the cover of this issue of the Quarterly appears a photograph provided by S.F.A. member Mrs. Lavina Felts of Hamilton, Ohio. Shown in the photograph is Mrs. Felts's mother 126.96.36.199.1 Malinda Jane Sparks, who married 188.8.131.52.1 John Francis Lakes in 1889. She was a daughter of 184.108.40.206 James J. Sparks and his first wife, Mary "Polly" Alcorn, of Estill County, Kentucky. Malinda Jane was born January 1, 1868, in Lee County, Kentucky, and died on July 21, 1945, at Newport, Kentucky. She was reared in the home of her grandparents, Joseph and Malinda Jane (Barnes) Sparks. Both Malinda Jane (Sparks) Lakes and her husband, John Francis Lakes, were great-grandchildren of 44.6 Isaac Sparks, Jr. to whose family the Quarterly of June 1974, Whole No. 86, was largely devoted.
Also shown in the photograph was 220.127.116.11.1.4 Hiram Francis Lakes, born 1895, son of John Francis and Malinda Jane (Sparks) Lakes. He served in World War I in Company E of the 49th Infantry and Company H of the Third Division. He fought at Belleau Woods and on the River Marne in France where he was wounded and gassed; he received the Purple Heart. Now 85 years old, Mr. Lakes lives in Irvine, Kentucky. Also shown in the photograph was Lenora Grimes, Granddaughter of Malinda Jane (Sparks) Lakes.