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Eugene V. and Grace (Glover) Sparks, Jaqua

In 1880 Livingston County, Illinois, Grace is 20, with parents S.L. 47 and Martha J. 46.  Siblings are Deest 24, Mary E. 21, Bion 18, Berry D. 17, and Sidney L. 15.

Samuel L. Glover was born in Oswego County, New York State July 4th 1832, and died at his home in Custer County, Nebr., July 6th, 1918 aged 86 years and two days.

His father died in 1844, leaving the mother and three children to fight life’s battles without the care and protection of a husband and father, Samuel L. being twelve years old at the time.  After the death of the father the family moved to a factory town and the children were put to work in the factories while the mother kept a boarding house, thus winning for themselves a living.  From here they moved to Erie Co., Pennsylvania when S. L. was about 18 years old and went on a farm where he and his brother farmed.  Samuel was an apt pupil and a great reader and acquired a good education and at the age of 21 or 22 taught school where he became acquainted with and attached to Miss Jane Dunn, one of his pupils, and on October 18, 1854, they were united in marriage.  To them were born six children, three girls and three boys, Deett, Mrs. J. W. McRoe of La Veta, Colo.,  Mrs. Mary Potter, Mrs. Grace Sparks, H.B., P.D., and S.L., jr., all of whom, together with the aged wife and twenty grandchildren, survive, all being present at the funeral.

In the year 1857 he moved from Penn. To LaSalle county, Ill., where farmed for a few years, afterward moving to Livingston County in the same state, where he purchased a farm thereon until the year 1886, when he, with his family, came to Custer county and purchased a ranch ten miles south west of Comstock, where he lived until his death, and on or near which all his children, except Mrs. McRoe, now reside.

Funeral services were held at the home Monday, July 8 at 3:00 o’clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Reel, pastor of the Christian Church of Sargent, Nebr., and the remains laid to rest in the Dry Valley cemetery.  The services were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends and neighbors who came to pay their last respects to an upright man and neighbor.

Mr. Glover was a man of more than ordinary attainments.  He was well versed in the questions of public welfare that were constantly coming up for settlement for the benefit of the people of the state and nation, and took much interest in public affairs.  He was an ardent supporter of prohibition and gave all his influence to making Nebraska a dry state.  As a farmer and stock-raiser he made a success second to none in the county of Custer.  He was a lover of fine stock and made it his business to raise fine cattle and horses.  That he made this business pay in dollars and cents is attested by the finely improved farm he enjoyed in his latter years.

After a life well spent and at a ripe old age Samuel L. Glover passed across to that higher and better sphere of life, but his influence for good will live on and on, and Custer County and Nebraska will be a better and cleaner county and state to live in because of his example of thrift and upright living.


In 1870 Boone County, Iowa Thomas Sparks is 50, Ester 41, LeeRoy 17 (a school teacher), Fremont 16, Eugene 15, Affelia 14, James 12, John C. 10, Ametta 5, Robert 5, and Edward eleven months.

Thomas Sparks 1815-1909 is buried in Boone County # 22975071.

Esther A. Dunn was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, November 9, 1828, and died in Boone, Iowa, on May 13, 1920, being 91 years, 6 months and 4 days. She was reared in Pennsylvania and received a common school education. March 15, 1852, she married Thomas Sparks and with her husband came to Boone county the same year. They settled on a farm and spent more than fifty years there, the rest of her life being spent in Boone. Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Sparks. Two of them have died. Eugene, born in 1853 died on May 1, 1912, and Frank, born in 1868, died in 1902 while a soldier at Manila, Philippine Islands. Two others died in infancy, The living children are; LeRoy D., Fremont C., John C., of Boone; Mrs. A.D. Fisher of Oakland, Cal; James D of Sierra Madre Cal.; Mrs. Nellie Hitsman of Luther; Robert of Wichita, Kan.; and Palyford of Marshalltown, Her husband died in August, 1909.


In 1885 Marshall County, Iowa, Eugene is a bookkeeper, 27, boarding with the Henry Long family.  He was born in Madison, Iowa.

One tree said Eugene Victor Sparks married Grace Glover April 4, 1889 in Dundy County Illinois ???

Eugene cash-claimed 160 acres in 20, 4S 42W in 1893, and proved up a quarter in 17, 4S 42W in 1899.

In 1900 Lansing precinct, Eugene born May 1855 in Iowa, is married eleven years to Grace, Dec 1859 Illinois.  Two young Kermode kids are boarding with them, as well as farm laborer George Alexander.

In 1910 Eugene and Grace are alone in Yuma County.


Grace G. Sparks, administratrix of his estate, presented final settlement July 29, 1914 in Yuma County.  Heirs were Brownie Sparks, James Sparks, Ralph Sparks, Harry Sparks, Gertrude Cotton, May Sparks, John Sparks, Dewey Sparks, Louis Sparks, Myrtle Sparks, Gladys Sparks, Ruth Sparks, Lucille Sparks, James Sparks, Louis Fisher, Ester Fisher, Lester Hitsman, and Leta Hitsman.

Mrs. Nettie J. Hitsman, 96, died at the home, 1101 7th street, Boone County, Iowa,  Monday afternoon, Oct 9, 1961. She had been in failing health for the past several weeks and bedfast for the past week.

   Mrs. Hitsman was the daughter of the late Thomas Sparks, pioneer settler of Boone county and had spent most of her life in the Luther vicinity except for the last few years in Boone.

   Survivors include a daughter Miss Leta Hitsman and a son Lester Hitsman, both of the same address. Her husband, the late Joe Hitsman, preceded her in death in 1923.

   Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon, Oct. 12 at 1:30 o'clock from the Welin Chapel with Dr. C. Raymond Reed, pastor of the First Methodist church, in charge. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery east of Luther. Friends may call at the Welin Chapel after 3:30 P.M. Wednesday.


In 1920 Custer County, Nebraska, Grace is with sister Mary E. Potter 61 and mother Martha J. Glover 85.

Grace (Glover) Sparks, per $ 110969907, is buried in Dry Valley Cemetery, Custer County, Nebraska., and # 110969693 has Eugene buried there 1855--1913.

Samuel and Martha are also buried in Dry Valley.

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