Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
GEORGE M. SPARKS, who lives five
miles southwest from Reardan, is one of the successful farmers of Lincoln
county. He came here with very little capital and has now gained
a good holding in real estate, besides personal property. He was
born in Adrian county, Missouri, on March 23, 1871, being the son of George
W. and Susan (Tubbs) Sparks, natives of Canada and Missouri, respectively,
and now dwelling at Reardan. For about forty-three years, the father
was a farmer and miller and came west to this country in 1903. Our
subject has three brothers and two sisters living and four sisters and
one brother deceased.
George M. received his education in the public
schools of Missouri and spent his youthful days on the farm. In 1889,
he left Missouri for Spokane, being then eighteen years of age. For
a while he was a teamster in that city, then came on to Reardan and worked
on a ranch for one year then began farming for himself until 1897, when
he sold out and took an interesting overland journey to California.
He drove the entire distance with teams and visited various portions of
the state especially the Sacramento valley. He finally returned to
Reardan and opened a livery business in that town. He continued the
same for one year then purchased land where he now resides. Since
then, he has devoted himself continuously to general farming and has won
excellent success in this enterprise.
On February 7, 1897, Mr. Sparks married Miss
Kate Surber of Lincoln county. Her father, John S., resides at Reardan.
To this union, two children have been born, Dorothy, aged five, and Annie
M., aged one. Mr. and Mrs. Sparks are enterprising and substantial
people and are worthy of the success and esteen which they are now enjoying.