Biography of James A. Spargo
Oneida County, NY Biographies





JAMES A. SPARGO. The reputation of America as a manufacturing country is not due altogether to its natural resources nor to the ingenuity and progressiveness of its native born people. Many of the countries of the old world have assisted through their promising sons, who under the favoring conditions of a republic found opportunity for the exercise of talents which have aided very greatly in the promotion of American manufacturers. In this number is James A. Spargo, a leading manufacturer of Rome, whose name in connection with any undertaking is accepted as evidence of its success. He was born at Birmingham, England, June 25, 1866, and from his earliest childhood has been identified with the manufacturing business, his father having been superintendent of a wire factory which employed fifteen hundred hands.

Mr. Spargo of this review was practically reared in the wire factory. Beginning as a boy he served an apprenticeship of six years there, becoming thoroughly acquainted with every detail pertaining to the manufacture of wire. At the age of nineteen he decided to come to America, believing that a larger field for a young man without fortune was afforded in this country. Accordingly, he joined two of his brothers, Nicholas and John, who had preceded him and were living at Rome, New York. John had made his home in this city for ten years but Nicholas had arrived later. They met with success and were very favorably impressed with their new home. Both of these brothers are now deceased. James A. Spargo, being an expert mechanic, readily found employment and has never regretted seeking his fortune among strangers. He was with the wire manufacturing department of the Rome Brass and Copper Company, but having decided to establish a business on his own account, organized the James A. Spargo Wire Company and after this concern was in successful operation he erected another mill for the purpose of making wire cloth and organized the Spargo Wire Cloth Company, both of which are now highly flourishing institutions, Mr. Spared being president and general manager of both companies. He is also vice president of the Rome Hollow Wire and Tube Company and a member of the board of directors of the Rome Electrical Company.

In 1889 Mr. Spargo was married to Miss Emma J. Lynch, a daughter of Thomas Lynch, of Rome, and of their children five are now living, namely, William J., James A. Jr., Ruth Elizabeth, Grace, and Helen. The eldest son, John Arnold died at the age of eleven years. Mr. Spargo is a man of unusual originality, energy and courage as is shown by the large enterprises which have grown up under his direction. He early gained a practical knowledge of business which he has possessed the ability to apply to his own advantage and to that of the community. Notwithstanding the demands made upon his time by the important concerns with which he is connected, he is actively interested in fraternal and social organizations, being a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Royal Arcanum and also of the Rome Club, the Rome Country Club, the Te-Uge-Ga Country Club, the Fish Creek Club, and the Transportation Club of New York city. He is president of the Fish Creek Club and a member of the board of trustees of the Rome Club, and as he possesses genial and pleasing characteristics, he can claim many warm personal friends who are greatly interested in his continued prosperity.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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