Biography of Robert D. Sprague
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Robert D. Sprague, cashier of the Sprague State Bank, of Caledonia, and one of that village's most energetic and useful citizens, was born in Caledonia, April 29, 1872, son of Ara David and Ella (Williams) Sprague. He passed through the graded schools of Caledonia, afterward attending the State Normal School at Winona, and finishing at Carleton College, at Northfield, Minn. With this preparation he entered his father's bank as assistant cashier. In 1899 he was elected cashier. In 1903, he and his brother, Ellsworth A. took over the bank which they continued to conduct as a private institution until 1908, when it was incorporated as a state bank with its present name, with Ellsworth A. Sprague as president, Arthur D. Sprague as vice-president; and Robert D. Sprague as cashier. Like their father before them, the three men are extensively interested in farm lands throughout the county and elsewhere. Robert D. Sprague has served on the village council for seven years and has been its president for two years. He has been treasurer of the Caledonia Commercial Club since it was first organized. During the World Conflict he was very active in civilian war work, and has assisted materially in the various drives. He was married June 6, 1898, to Grace Farrington, daughter of Judge and Mrs. Eugene V. Farrington, of Preston, and this union has been blessed with two children: Robert E., born Sept. 7, 1904; and A. Janet G., born June 29, 1914.

The History of Houston County, Minnesota
Edited by: Franklyn Curtis-Wedge.
H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.
Winona, Minn. 1919


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