May 23, 2003
Whole Number 156
A SPARKS IMMIGRANT FROM DEVONSHIRE--ca. 1885
[Editor's Note: The following item is copied from a History of Michigan by Charles Moore, published in 1915, Vol. II, p. 779.]
William Sparks, born Devonshire, England, May 9, 1873, came to the United States at the age of 12 with his parents, George E. and Elizabeth (Way) Sparks. In the fall of 1900 he became one of the organizers and founders of the Sparks-Withington Company in Grand Rapids. He was a Mason and an Episcopalian. He married Miss Matilda J. Peters on August 24, 1894. Their Issue: Harry G. Sparks, born August 28, 1895, and Clifford M. Sparks, born October 1897.