Biography of Francis Sporer
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





FRANCIS SPORER, senior member of the firm of Sporer, Carlson and Berry, and who has been known in business circles in Owego since 1857, was born at Wurms on the Rhine, March 28, 1837, being one of a family of five children of Joseph Sporer. The father was a cabinet-maker and Francis was kept at work in his shop when not at school, but at the age of seventeen our young man left Germany to avoid enforced service in the army. He came to New York where he found employment for a time but soon went to Elmira and thence to Owego in May, 1857. He worked for the firm of E. Hosford & Co, in a shop on Front-street and also at Camp's furnace. Later he was with Norton & Deland, but in the spring of 1861 the war drove that firm out of business. after which the firm of Sporer &. Carlson piano makers, was formed. Mr. Norton acquired an interest and the firm became H. Norton & Co. The senior member died in 1864 and soon afterward the firm of Sporer, Carlson & Berry was organized, and have been in active and successful operation from that to the present time, and is now the oldest business firm in the village. In Owego Francis Sporer is regarded as one of the substantial and reliable business men, and anearnest republican but not a seeker after political office. He was, however, one term village trustee. On November 3, 1878, Mr. Sporer was married with Emma, the adopted daughter of Nathaniel Burton. Four children have been born of that marriage.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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