Jasper  Hazen  Sprague

          Jasper Hazen Sprague was born in Hartford, Vermont, June 6, 181 2, and graduated at the Norwich Military University in the same State in 1836.  Immediately after his graduation he came west, stopping at Madison, where he soon secured employment as Assistant Engineer in Surveying the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad.  He was soon promoted to the position of Chief Engineer, and assumed the responsibility of performing correctly some of the most difficult mathematical calculations known in surveying. Although young and somewhat inexperienced, he did his work remarkably well. Mr. Sprague was also employed for about six years following 1842, in surveying short lines from Shelbyville to Rushville; from Shelbyville to Knightstown, and from Shelbyville to Edinburgh.  In 1849, he was employed as Chief Engineer in surveying the line of Cincinnati and Indianapolis Railroad, now known as "Big Four."  In 1846, Mr. Sprague moved to Shelbyville, from Columbus, Indiana, and after remaining here until 1849, he went to Lawrenceburg, making that place his headquarters until 1853, when he again returned to Shelbyville.  Immediately after coming back he entered into the manufacture of staves and barrels, which business he carried on until 1S83, then retired from business altogether.  In 1840, Mr. Sprague was wedded to  Miss Dulcina C. Town, of Vermont.  As a result of this union there were born six children,  Laura,  Harriet L.,  Walter,  H.,  Walter K.,  Charles T. and  Carrie.  Of these but two are living,  Charles T., city editor of the  Shelbyville Daily Democrat,  and  Harriet, wife of  Dr. James P. Robins, of this city.  Jasper H. Sprague is one of Shelbyville's most Christian gentlemen.  In times of public discord, he is one of those who ever seek to bring about tranquility and confidence. " Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."  He has devoted a long life to the cause of truth and right, and now, though quite old and very deaf, he is still cheerful and happy.  His wife and he are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Shelbyville.  Mr. Sprague has always been ready to act and speak in the Master's cause.  He has also held every position in the church to which a layman is eligible.  May the sunset of his life be made bright with the glory of the good deeds he has done.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville Sketches," Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 536-37.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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