Elmer Owen Sprague

Male16 March 1904–3 September 1982

Brief Life History of Elmer Owen

When Elmer Owen Sprague was born on 16 March 1904, in Roscoe, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, his father, Charles Fred Sprague, was 31 and his mother, Edith May Stroud, was 21. He had at least 1 son with Inez Sprague. He lived in Morse, Ashland, Wisconsin, United States in 1920 and Rockton Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States in 1940. He died on 3 September 1982, in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Roscoe, Winnebago, Illinois, United States.

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Elmer Owen Sprague
Inez Sprague
Owen Elmer Sprague

Sources (8)

  • Elmer C Sprague in household of Henry D Riedel, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Elmer Owen Sprague, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Elmer O Sprague, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

1907 · Law Passed for Child Employment

Age 3

The maximum hours for children to work were set to 55 per week.

1925 · Woman's World's Fair

Age 21

The first Woman's World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1925. The idea of the completely women-run fair was to display the progress of ideas, work, and products of twentieth-century women

Name Meaning

English (Devon): nickname from Middle English sprag ‘brisk, energetic’, a variant of Sprake with voicing of the -k-, which survives in the 19th-century dialect word spragg ‘lively, ingenious’. It was occasionally used in the 12th century as personal name, recorded as Spreg'c. 1177–86.

History: William Sprague came from England to Salem, MA, in 1628 with his brothers Ralph and Richard. He was one of the founders of Charlestown, MA, and later of Hingham, MA. His descendants include Peleg Sprague, a jurist and MA legislator, who was born in 1793 in Duxbury, MA; William Sprague a textile manufacturer born in 1773 in Cranston, RI; and Yale College educator Homer Baxter Sprague, who was born in 1829 in South Sutton, MA, and whose legacy lives on in Yale's Sprague concert hall.

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

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