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R. D. Sparks obituary

Rev. R. D. Sparks
Pioneer Resident of Pine Grove Died Tuesday Night

Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) - June 10, 1913

     Plainfield, Wis., Jan. 9. Special - Rev. R. D. Sparks, a pioneer, and prominent citizen of this community, died Tuesday night at his farm home, aged 85 years and 10 months, leaving an aged wife and four adult sons. Deceased was born in Schoharie county, New York, on February 8, 1827. In 1854 he came Wisconsin, where he has continuously resided in this vicinity. He enlisted October 25, 1861, in Company F., Sixteenth Wisconsin Infantry, at Plainfield, Wis., for three years. Mr. Sparks was one of the Wisconsin soldiers who went to the battle field to find himself in less than a month in heavy action at Pittsburg Landing. During the days' fight, Sunday, April 6, 1862, was the first occasion where he was wounded by a ball, being hit in the shoulder, which had bothered him more or less through life. While wounded he was taken to the field hospital and was thence transferred and discharged on surgeons' certificate of disability in December, 1862. A year later, December 23, 1863, he re-enlisted as a veteran recruit in the Eight Battery, Wisconsin light artillery, at Plainfield, Wis. He went to Nashville with the veterans and other recruits, where he made connection with the battery at Murfreesboro, and performed garrison duty at that place. He was in the action when the defenses of Murfreesboro were attacked by Wheeler's cavalry and was afterwards in the fight with Forrest when he raided that place, during Hood's campaign in Tennessee. He was finally discharged from service on August 10, 1865, and returned to Plainfield. Since the war he has resided in Plainfield. A very singular incident is that both father and son enlisted in the same war. His oldest son, Eugene, enlisted October 15, 1864, in Company I, First Wisconsin, heavy artillery. He remained in the service at Fort Lyon, in Washington, D. D., until the end of the war, being mustered out June 26, 1865. A wife and four sons survive the deceased. He was on the town board many years as chairman and supervisor and had preached in this vicinity over 48 years, having been a christian over 65 years. A good man has gone and a useful life is ended.

     Note - The sons of deceased are C. F. Sparks of this city; Eugene, of Ramsey county, North Dakota, and Sunner and Freeman, who live at home. C. F. Sparks and son, Robert, left this morning to attend the funeral.

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