Couple Married 62 Years
Port Rowan: Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Sparks of Port Rowan will quietly celebrate their 62nd
wedding anniversary at their home on Victoria Day, 24 May, when they
will be the recipients of numerous messages of congratulations.
They came to Canada 41 years
ago from South Devonshire, England, where both were born, where they
resided after their marriage and where their seven children were
On their arrival in Canada,
they settled on a farm at Rowan Mills and eight years later moved to
Port Rowan, where they have since resided. They are adherents of the
Church of England.
Mrs. Sparks is 87 years of
age and was formerly Miss Sarah Jane Osborn [sic], youngest
daughter of the late Richard Osborn [sic] and Sarah Carnel.
She is the last surviving member of a family of three daughters and
four sons. Mrs. Sparks is enjoying fairly good health although her
eye-sight is somewhat impaired. She gets around the house with the
aid of a cain and by feeling familiar objects.
Mr. Sparks is 85 years old
and the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sparks. He is in
good health and very active and has never worn glasses to read. He
is engaged in the tile and cement business and never misses a day at
work with his youngest son, Alfred. Mr. Sparks has one sister, Mrs.
William Carart, and five brothers, Richard, Ernest, Thomas, John and
Alfred Sparks. Another brother, William, passed away several years
ago in England.
Mr. and Mrs. Sparks have four
sons, Richard of Hamilton, Tom of Kitchener, Alfred and William of
Port Rowan, and three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Giffen [sic] of
Port Dover, Mrs. Harold Reeves of Buffalo, and Mrs. Margaret Parker
of St. Catharines.
There also are 20 grandchildren and 18-great-grandchildren.