Josephine Sprague

20 January 1870–2 May 1964 (Age 94)
Branch, Michigan, United States

The Life of Josephine

When Josephine Sprague was born on 20 January 1870, in Branch, Michigan, United States, her father, Peter D Sprague, was 30 and her mother, Elizabeth C. Marsh, was 25. She married Frank D. Palmer on 29 October 1891. She lived in Coldwater, Branch, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Mendon Township, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 2 May 1964, in Mendon, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Mendon, St. Joseph, Michigan, United States.

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Frank D. Palmer
Josephine Sprague
Marriage: 29 October 1891

Spouse and Children

    Frank D. Palmer



29 October 1891
Coldwater, Branch, Michigan

Parents and Siblings

    Peter D Sprague


    Elizabeth C. Marsh




World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 9

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: from northern Middle English Spragge, either a personal name or a byname meaning ‘lively’, a metathesized and voiced form of Spark 1.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Josephine Sprague in household of Peter D Sprague, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Josephine Palmer in household of Frank D Palmer, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Josephine Huff in household of Clarence Huff, "United States Census, 1940"

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