Gustine Standard, [Gustine, CA]
Thursday, July 23, 1931

COVERED WAGON PIONEER ANSWERS LAST SUMMONS

With members of her family gathered at the home in Cottonwood, Mrs. Mellissa Carolyn Sparks, widow of the late Joseph Spencer Sparks, passed away Tuesday evening following a long illness, and the West Side has lost one of its oldest pioneer residents, one who was widely known throughout the valley and highly respected by all.

Mrs. Sparks was a native of Iowa, aged 84 years at the time of death. She crossed the plains in a covered wagon in 1865, and has been a resident of the old Sparks home in Cottonwood for the past 60 years.

Surviving daughters and son are, May L. DETLEFSEN of Cottonwood, Margaret R. MILLER of Oakland, and George SPARKS of Cottonwood. She was a sister of Major W. P. EACHUS of Newman, Charles EACHUS of Stockton, Mrs. Eva VERNON of Portland, Oregon, and Mrs. Julia Ann GLASS of Oakland.

Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend funeral services which will be held today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Newman. Interment will be at Newman cemetery.

 

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