Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history
of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western
Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ERNEST F. SPRAGUE is handling
at the present time, a furniture and undertaking establishment, which is
one of the prominent business houses of the town of Wenatchee and has been
since 1901. Mr. Sprague is one of the substantial citizens of the
town, is a man of uprightness and integrity and has always so conducted
himself as to win the respect and esteem of all. He was born in Sauk
county, Wisconsin, December 5, 1855, the son of Amos P. and Susan (Reed)
Sprague, natives of New York. The father is descended from a prominent
New England family which has always played a conspicuous part in governmental
affairs. His cousin was governor of Rhode Island and others held
leading positions. He died in 1877 while in Virginia. The mother
now lives with her son at Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the Reeds were
prominent people in New England. Thomas B. Reed was a member of the
family. Our subject was educated in the district schools until twelve
and then completed his training in a business college. When twelve
he took a man's place on the home farm until twenty-five. Then he
came west and learned painting and finishing and followed the same for
many years during summer months. In the winters, he did nursing.
In 1897, Mr. Sprague came to Puyallup and opened a furniture and undertaking
business. Later he went to Montana and then returned to Puyallup,
whence in 1901 he came to Wenatchee and continued the business he had followed
on the coast, and in which we find him engaged at the present time.
Mr. Sprague handles a good stock of furniture and is also a licensed state
Mr. Sprague has three brothers and one sister:
Amos D. and Frank, Baptist ministers; Edwin; and Clara M., wife of Fred
Poppy, of Sauk county, Wisconsin.
In March, 1884, Mr. Sprague married Miss Nellie
Starks, at Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Her parents were natives of New
Hampshire and her father was a general in the Mexican War. Later
he was warden of the state penitentiary of Wisconsin for many years.
His son, Captain John Starks, died from a wound received in the battle
of Shiloh. In 1887 Mrs. Sprague died. Two children had been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Sprague, both dying in infancy. In 1889 Mr.
Sprague married Bertha Carr, of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, whose parents, Alonzo
and Mary (Dearholt) Carr, were natives of Ohio. The father now lives
in Wisconsin. The mother died in 1884. The children of this
household are named as follows, Ernest R., Preston A., Clara M., and Ruth
T. Mr. Sprague is a member of the M. W. A., and the Yeomen.
In political faith he is with the Republicans, and takes an active part
but never aspires to personal preferment for political positions.