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Emma Frances Sparks Wilson
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Birth: Apr. 4, 1866
Leavenworth County
Kansas, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1947
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA

Emma was the third of Amaziah Robert & Sarah Ann (Fowler) Sparks' 11 children.

Her siblings were Sarah Jane, Ella Rebecca, Anna "Annie" Mary, May, Effie Melinda, Loda Lenore, Lela Lenora, Gracie Marie, & Martha Elverda.

She also had a half-sister and two half-brothers from her father's first marriage to Elizabeth Ann Ralston. Elizabeth died in 1857, & her father married her mother, Sarah, two years later.

Emma Frances, was born in Leavenworth on April 4, 1866. Her parents left KS by covered wagon in 1866 when she was six weeks old. There were six children including her. Getting their wagon and horses over the rough wagon trails was a real task. They had many trials crossing rivers and going over mountains.

Her father got along quite well with the Indians. It was said he would nail hardtack to a tree and let the Indians have what they could chip off with their arrows.

Amaziah appeared to have an adventurous nature, and they lived in several places before they finally settled down in Lewis Co, WA.

Emma married Howard Marion Wilson in Lewis Co, WA on Sept. 5, 1886. More about the family on his memorial.

Their children were Annie Ethel, Clyde Robert, Ralph Amaziah, Ethel Ann, Lee Howard, Walter Weasley, & Fred William.

On June 21, 1900, Howard & Emma, ages 46 & 34, lived in Sulphur, Lewis Co, WA, where they owned a farm. They had been married 14 years; Emma had given birth to 4 children - 3 were living. Their children, all born in WA, were Ethel A., age 11; Robert Clyde, 8; & Ralph A.

On April 21, 1910, Howard & Emma, ages 56 & 44, lived in Klickitat, Lewis Co, WA where he owned a dairy farm. They lived near Emma's sister, May, who had married John Rich, who was also owned a dairy farm.

By now they had been married 23 years, & Emma had given birth to 7 seven - 6 were living. Their daughter, Ethel, was married. Children at home were Clyde R., age 18; Ralph A., 16; Howard L., 9; Walter W., 6; & Fred W., 3. Their sons, Clyde & Ralph helped with the dairy operation.

"Mrs. Howard Wilson of Portland is spending a few days visiting with relatives and friends in this city."
Centralia Daily Chronicle
November 15, 1910

"Mrs. Howard Wilson of Mossyrock was the house guest of Mr. & Mrs. Ira Ray for several days of this week." Mrs. Ira Ray was her sister, Gracie.
Centralia Daily Chronicle Examiner
September 23, 1915

"Mr. & Mrs. Ira Ray and family and Mrs. and Mrs. James Grimes of Chehalis motored to Mossy Rock yesterday where they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wilson. A bounteous dinner was served by the hostess, at which covers were laid for Mr. and Mrs. Ira Ray and family. Mr. and Mrs. James Grimes, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. John Rich and family, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Looney and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Wilson."
Centralia Daily Chronicle
October 4, 1915

On January 27, 1920, Howard & Emma, ages 66 & 53, owned a farm in Klickitat Prairie, Lewis Co, WA. Their children were Clyde, age 27; Walter, 16; & Fred, 12.

On January 27, 1920, Howard & Emma, ages 66 & 53, owned a farm in Klickitat Prairie, Lewis Co, WA where they owned a farm. Their children were Clyde, age 27; Walter, 16; & Fred, 12.

They were living in Portland, Multnomah Co, OR when Howard died on Nov. 4, 1928.

On April 11, 1930, Emma, age 65, owned a home in Portland valued at $1600. Her son, Ralph A. & his wife, Zetta M., 24, & their son William, 3, lived with her. He had a job as a bus washer working for the bus transportation business. He had served in WWI.

Emma's sons, Walter & Fred, ages 26 & 23, were members of the household. Walter was a bookkeeper for the Electric Light company. Fred had the same job as his brother, Ralph, washing buses.

"Mrs. Emma Wilson of Portland is visiting in the city at the home of her son-in-law, and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Berg."
Centralia Daily Chronicle (WA)
August 7, 1934

On April 6, 1940, Emma, 74, still lived in her home on 89th Avenue in Portland with her son, Walter, 36, & daughter, Ethel A. Berg, 50. Walter was still single & still had his job as a bookkeeper at the electric company. Ethel, a widow, had come to Portland from Centralia, Lewis Co, WA. She had a job as a practical nurse for a private family.

Emma died in Portland on March 14, 1947.

Researched & compiled by Virginia Brown
Apr. 20, 2013
Family links: 
  Amaziah Robert Sparks (1832 - 1918)
  Sarah Ann Fowler Sparks (1842 - 1913)
  Howard Marion Wilson (1853 - 1928)*
  Fred William Wilson (1907 - 1994)*
  John William Sparks (1855 - 1943)**
  Sarah Jane Sparks Stone (1861 - 1940)*
  Ella Rebecca Sparks Smith (1864 - 1892)*
  Emma Frances Sparks Wilson (1866 - 1947)
  Ida Belle Sparks Bold (1869 - 1905)*
  Anna Mary Sparks McGhie (1873 - 1938)*
  May Zeralda Sparks Rich (1873 - 1943)*
  Effie Melinda Sparks Grimes (1876 - 1964)*
  Lodia Lenore Sparks Strange (1878 - 1955)*
  Lelia Leona Sparks Grubbe (1880 - 1971)*
  Grayce Marie Sparks Johnson (1884 - 1963)*
  Martha Elverda Sparks Stevenson (1886 - 1964)*
*Calculated relationship
Lincoln Memorial Park
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Crestview Lot 124
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Juelette Fadness
Record added: Sep 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96543768
Emma Frances <i>Sparks</i> Wilson
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Emma Frances <i>Sparks</i> Wilson
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