Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

MICHAEL SPRINKLE, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits on section 19, Watson Township, was born in this township, Effingham County, November 26, 1848, and both his paternal and maternal ancestors were of German descent. His parents, Michael and Mary (Auld) Sprinkle, were natives of Pennsylvania. The father was a farmer by occupation and followed that pursuit throughout his entire life. About 1830 he left the Keystone State and emigrated Westward to Ohio. He there made his home until the autumn of 1841, which year witnessed his arrival in Illinois. The trip Westward was made by team. He located in what is now Watson Township, Effingham County, trading his farm in Ohio for two hundred acres of unimproved land, mostly covered by timber, on section 30. Erecting a log cabin, he there made his home for a few years, but subsequently removed to Ewington, where he purchased a gristmill and engaged in milling for a time. Later he traded his mill in Ewington for a tract of partially improved land on section 19, Watson Township, which he further developed and cultivated until 1856. In that year he went to Mason and engaged in carrying on a hotel for about three years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Watson, where he spent a year, and then returned to his farm on section 19, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until 1885. In that year he again took up his residence in Watson, where he lived a retired life until called to the home beyond. He died December 18, 1891, and his remains were interred in the Watson Cemetery. He was a member of the Baptist Church for many years and led an upright, honorable life. In politics he was a stalwart Republican, but never an office-seeker. From a business point of view his life was also successful, and he gained a comfortable competence. Mrs. Sprinkle died October 25, 1882. She also held membership with the Baptist Church.

This worthy couple had a family of eleven children, namely: Mary J., wife of Edward Loy, a retired farmer residing in the village of Watson; James H., a farmer residing near Grand Island, Neb.; Elizabeth, who died in childhood; Jarret, who died in 1861; John, who follows farming in Watson Township; William, whose death occurred in 1839; Catherine, who died in 1872; Martha, wife of American Cronk, a farmer of Watson Township; Caroline, wife of W. L. Funkhouser; Vincent, who is living on the old homestead; and Michael of this sketch.

We now take up the personal history of Michael Sprinkle, who is well known in this community as one of its leading citizens. He did not receive very excellent educational privileges, but managed to acquire a good knowledge of the practical branches, and by reading, experience and observation in later years has made himself a well-informed man. The first school that he attended was held in a log house. He was early inured to the labors of farm life and gave his father the benefit of his services until he had attained his majority, when he began working on the old homestead for wages. He was thus employed for nine years, at the expiration of which time he removed to the farm on which he is now living, and which he has made his home continuously since.

            On the 1st of September, 1872, Mr. Sprinkle was married to Miss Laura Ward, daughter of Robert and Lucinda Ward. Six children graced this union, four of whom are living, while two died in infancy. Those who yet survive are Arthur L., born June 15, 1874, and now engaged in teaching school; Mary L., born June 11, 1876; Willie J., born July 23, 1880; and Charles L., born August 11, 1882. The family have a pleasant home and are well-known people of this community.

            Socially, Mr. Sprinkle is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is a supporter of the Republican party, but has never been an aspirant for public office, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business interests. He carries on general farming on section 19, Watson Township, where he owns two hundred and seven acres of valuable land. His fields are well tilled and yield to him a golden tribute in return for his care and labor. He is recognized as one of the leading agriculturists of the community.


Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 198. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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