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The diary of Louisa Sparkes

December 22, 2012
By HOWARD RILEY , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

In the 1920s, Louisa Sparkes and her younger brother, Bill, lived in Gabriels. Her diary is on loan to me from Don Tucker via Jim and Michelle Tucker. Michelle says the Sparkes came from England; Louisa arrived in 1910 and bought a farm at the end of Hobart Road. Her brother, Bill, joined her in 1921 when he was discharged from the British Army. She apparently was a Nanny in England and may have first came to America with an employer. In any event, while in Gabriels she traveled frequently by train back and forth to New Haven, Conn., where she was employed as a Nanny for the Edward Reed family. Mr. Reed was on a college faculty, guessing it was Yale. The Sparkes farm is now part of the Tucker acreage.



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