Sparks Family Papers, 1835-1971 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Sparks Family Papers, 1835-1971Add to your cart.

ID: A/44

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Correspondence, receipts, essays, newspaper articles, legal documents, photos, and other papers, relating to John Marion Sparks (1831-1909), physician, and his daughter, Johnnie May (Sparks) Wyres (1885-1971) of Nacogdoches, Texas. Includes records relating to Sparks Manufacturing Company, producers of Hair Vigor, a hair restorer developed by Dr. Sparks; genealogical material on the Sparks family; material on Nacogdoches history and families for a proposed book by Wyres; and on Old North Church, Nacogdoches, first organized Baptist church in Texas.

Collection Historical Note

These papers relate chiefly to the family of Dr. John Marion Sparks, a prominent early citizen of Nacogdoches who was born June 26, 1831 and brought to Texas that same year by his parents, Richard and Elizabeth Cooper Sparks. The Sparks family initially settled in San Augustine, and then moved to Nacogdoches in 1834.  In addition to being an active physician for fifty years, Dr. Sparks engaged in business ventures.  Included in this collection are some of the records of one of his businesses, the Sparks Manufacturing Company, which made a product called "Dr. Sparks Hair Vigor," a hair restorer.  The land for Old North Church, the first Baptist Church in Texas, was donated by Dr. John M. Sparks from part of the old Richard Sparks' homestead tract.

A daughter of Dr. John M. Sparks, Johnnie May Sparks Wyres, had an avid interest in history, particularly local history. Included in these papers are short speeches, essays, newspaper articles, and other writings relating to Nacogdoches people, families and historical events written by Mrs. Wyres. There are papers relating to Old North Church and to the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Also included are genealogical materials of the Sparks family, many unidentified photographs, and postcards of Nacogdoches scenes.

The papers were placed in the library sometime before 1970 by Johnnie May Sparks Wyres. There are 398 items in the collection.

(Nacogdoches Medical Auxiliary. "Doctors of Nacogdoches County." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 110; "Sparks Family Papers." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence, Local and Texas History, 1835-1971],
[Box 2: Newspaper Clippings, Programs, Genelogical Information on Sparks Family, and Information about Nacogdoches, 1901-1971],

Box 2: Newspaper Clippings, Programs, Genelogical Information on Sparks Family, and Information about Nacogdoches, 1901-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1942-1959Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings from the Daily Sentinel, of Johnnie May Sparks Wyres column "Thinking out Loud"; clippings about topics of historic interest; articles about Old North Church; and Clippings concerning members of the Sparks family, 1942-1959. 25 items.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1952-1959Add to your cart.
Old North Church; newspaper clippings; homecoming program (1959); announcements; list of early pastors, a peg hit, "Old North Church"; essays by Johnnie May Sparks Wyres; petition of descendants of Isaac Reed to have his body removed to Old North Church cemetery, 1952-1959. 17 items.
Folder 3: Advertisement, Programs, and Brochures, 1940-1956Add to your cart.
Nacogdoches Sanitarium advertisement; program for Historical Evening at Nacogdoches High School auditorium;invitation to commissioning of the USS Alamo and to presentation of portrait to the Texas Senate; brochures for Washington-on-the-Brazes, State Capitol building and State Democratic committee, 1940-1956. 7 items.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings and Program, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Newspaper clippings about the Sons of the Republic of Texas and the Knights of San Jacinto; program of investiture service and dinner for the SRT and the KSJ, 1955-1956. 7 items.
Folder 5: Dedications, Programs, Yearbook and Clippings, 1951-1957Add to your cart.
Programs for memorial services and dedications of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas; 1951 yearbook of the Anson Jones Chapter, Mt. Pleasant; newspaper clippings concerning statewide activities of the DRT's, 1951-1957. 34 items.
Folder 6: Family History Correspondence, 1943-1957Add to your cart.
Sparks family history correspondence of Johnnie May Sparks Wyres, 1943-1957. 19 items.
Folder 7: Genealogical Materials, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Genealogical materials of the Sparks family, 1957-1958. 42 items.
Folder 8: Obituary and Marriage Announcements, 1935-1971Add to your cart.
Sparks family obituary notices and marriage announcements, chiefly newspaper clippings, 1935-1971. 9 items.
Folder 9: Photographs, 1907-1956Add to your cart.
Photographs, many not identified, some Sparks family members; post-cards of Nacogdoches scenes: historical elm tree, old Stone Fort, downtown about period of World War I; post-card of Vernis Fulmer Quartet with Dick Fairchild, 1907-1956. 21 items.
Folder 10: NotebooksAdd to your cart.
Notebooks. Largest (1939) is grocery story ledger with charges to Nacogdoches citizens; smaller ones contain notations pertaining to Texas land ownership and one also has recipes and formulas for various ailments. no dates. 3 items.
Folder 11: Partial Manuscript, 1904Add to your cart.
Partial manuscript of an unpublished book, Love Finds a Way, by Nonie Lelah Jackson, 1904. 1 item.
Folder 12: Coin PurseAdd to your cart.
Coin purse of Commercial Guaranty State Bank, Nacogdoches, Texas, containing envelope with a button in it. 1 item.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Correspondence, Local and Texas History, 1835-1971],
[Box 2: Newspaper Clippings, Programs, Genelogical Information on Sparks Family, and Information about Nacogdoches, 1901-1971],


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