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.
FRANK SPRINKLE lives with his
family on a farm four miles north of Mondovi. He was born January
1, 1858, in Wapello, Louisa county, Iowa, and was the son of John and Mary
Sprinkle, both natives of Virginia. They were among the first settlers
in Iowa, and are both living where first they settled in the state, about
eighty-six and seventy-five years old, respectively. They both are
of German descent and come of a long lived family, the father's mother
living to the age of ninety-three. They are the parents of nine children,
Erasmus M., Germalia M., our subject, Edwin O., Charles M., Millard M.,
Calvin C., Mrs. Alice G. Dotson, and Mrs. Emma M. Huff.
Mr. Sprinkle attained to manhood in his native
state, and attended the district school. He was married March 20,
1884, to Julia Hannan, also a native of Louisa county, where she attended
the same school as did her husband. Her father, Henry Hannan, was
a sturdy pioneer of Henry county, Iowa, born in Augusta county, Virginia,
where he grew to manhood. He walked to Indiana, where he remained
a short time, then walked to Henry county. He was the eldest of the
family, the father of which died while young, and the care of which naturally
devolved upon him. Walking back to Indiana he obtained work whereby he
earned enough to bring his mother to Indiana, then going on foot again
to Iowa he earned more money with which to bring the family to him.
He kept his mother until her death, which occurred in her eighty-second
year. He has ever been a hard working man and used to the strenuous
life. He is now living in Des Moines county, Iowa, in his eighty-seventh
year, and is still as active as many a man a score of years his junior.
Mrs. Sprinkle's mother, Anna (Bowen) Hannan, was born in Henry county,
Iowa, and is now living with her husband and is seventy years old.
Mrs. Sprinkle has had only one brother, John, and he was accidentally killed
recently while hunting. Her sisters are, Addie M. Downer, Delilah
Springsteine, Ella Anderson, and Rebecca Walingford.
Mr. and Mrs. Sprinkle have been parents of
three children: Blanche, deceased; Mary A.; and Clinton C.; Mary A. being
a teacher in vocal and organ music.
Mr. Sprinkle and family removed to Mercer
county, Illinois, where they lived five years, then came to Lincoln county,
Washington. He arrived in the county, in 1897, with twenty dollars
in his purse, but set to work with vigor to improve his land, and now has
three hundred and twenty acres of school land under lease, well improved,
and with all necessary stock, implements, etc., to carry on the work.
The entire family affiliate with the United