Biography of Henry W. Sparling
Decatur County, IA Biographies





Henry W. Sparling has resided in Garden Grove township since the fall of 1852 and is now living in the town of Garden Grove, having retired from the active work of the farm. His birth occurred in Lawrence county, Ohio, in 1838 and he is a son of Henry and Annie (Hepler) Sparling. The father, who was born in Pennsylvania, removed as a boy with his parents to Belmont county, Ohio, and later to Lawrence county, that state. His father served under General Brown in the War of 1812 and was highly esteemed in his community, his demise, which occurred in Ohio, being deeply regretted by many. The religious faith of his wife was that of the Presbyterian church and she took an active part in its work. In 1850 Henry Sparling settled in Van Buren county, Iowa, subsequently removed to Davis county and in 1852 located in Garden Grove township, Decatur county. He entered land, to the cultivation of which he devoted his energies until his demise, which occurred on the 18th of July, 1874, when he was about seventy two years of age. He was one of the pioneers of the county, as when he arrived here much of the land was unbroken and there was but one store at Garden Grove. His wife was born in Lawrence county, Ohio, and they were married in that state. Her parents subsequently removed to Audrain county, Missouri, where both passed away. She died in this county at the advanced age of eighty six years. Our subject is the fifth in order of birth in a family of nine children. One died in infancy. Alexander went to Oregon in 1853, but returned to Decatur county a few years ago and was residing at Le Roy when called to his reward. Silas, who served in the Civil war as a member of Company A, Thirty fourth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, died at Helena, Arkansas. John passed away in 1853. Emma, who became the wife of E. J. Wiseman, is also deceased. Harriett married Dr. Elihu Darnielle and has passed away. Barbara, who became the wife of Isaac Helmick, is also deceased. George, who completes the family, has passed to his reward.

Henry W. Sparling received a common school education and during his boyhood and youth also became thoroughly familiar with the methods of practical agriculture. It was but natural that when he reached man's estate he should continue in the occupation to which he had been reared and he proved very successful as a farmer and stock raiser His energy and wise management of his affairs enabled him to accumulate a competence and he has now sold his farm and purchased twenty acres of land at Garden Grove, where he resides. He has a fine residence and is enjoying the comforts and some of the luxuries of life, thus reaping the fruits of his former toil.

Mr. Sparling was married in 1870 to Miss Joanna Trullinger, who was born in 1847 in Davis county, Iowa, in the vicinity of Drakesville. Her mother was born in Preble county, Ohio, and her father was a native of Ross county, that state. To Mr. and Mrs. Sparling have been born the following children: Millie and Eva, who are successfully engaged in the poultry business under the name of Sparling Sisters; Joseph and Clara, both at home; an infant, who died unnamed; and Almira and Elbert, both deceased.

The family attend the Christian church but Mr. Sparling is liberal in his religious views. He was reared in the faith of the Baptist church. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, and he has at all times sought to advance the interests of his community. Both he and his wife are still enjoying excellent health and are rich in the honor and esteem which should accompany old age.

The Sparling Sisters, who are rated in Dun and Bradstreet, began business as poultry fanciers in 1911 and in the intervening four years have become widely known in the middle west. They breed Rose Comb Rhode Island Red, Rose Comb White Orpington and Royal Blue Orpington chickens, White Muscovy and Buff Orpington ducks and Embden geese, and in building up their strains have laid great emphasis upon egg production. They have exhibited their ducks at a number of shows and have won the following prizes:

Weldon, Iowa, December 11-13, 1913: White Muscovy ducks, First, old drake; first, young drake; first second, young ducks.

Iowa State show, Des Moines, Iowa, January 1-7, 1914: White Muscovy ducks First second, young drakes.

Kansas City Poultry show, January 11-16, 1915: White Muscovy ducks First, old drake; first, young drake. Buff ducks First, old drake; first, young duck.

They sell both stock and eggs and have built up a large business not only in this country but in Canada, as their honesty and integrity are unquestioned and as their poultry is of high grade. They also handle grains, prepared poultry feed and remedies for diseases that affect poultry and these sidelines have likewise proved profitable.

From:
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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