William John Sparks

Brief Life History of William John

When William John Sparks was born on 4 August 1883, in McDowell, West Virginia, United States, his father, Reuben Sparks, was 37 and his mother, Joanna Leveni Young, was 23. He married Alverna Sparks in 1906, in McDowell, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Newcastle, Young, Texas, United States in 1920 and Breckenridge, McLennan, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 1 November 1967, in Henderson, Rusk, Republic of Texas, at the age of 84.

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William John Sparks
Alverna Sparks
Marriage: 1906
Cleo Buena Sparks
Bertha Vina Sparks
Rex William Sparks
Daniel Sparks
Coby Bronte Sparks
Edwin Ray Sparks

Sources (9)

  • Will J Sparks, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willie Sparks, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"
  • Will John Sparks, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.

1905 · Construction of the Praetorian Building

Texas completed the construction of the Praetorian Building (Stone Plane Tower) in 1909. It was the first skyscraper in Texas and the Southwestern United States. The building had 15 stories and was 190 ft tall.

Name Meaning


variant of Spark , with post-medieval excrescent -s.

possibly a nickname from the plural form of Middle English spark ‘fiery particle’, perhaps given to a blacksmith.

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

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