- SPRAGUE, Albert Arnold, II, wholesale grocer: born Chicago, May 13, 1876; son Otho Sylvester Arnold and Lucia Elvira (Atwood) Sprague; ed. St. Paul's School, Concord, N.H., to 1894 ; grad. Harvard Univ., A.B., 1898; married Rye Beach, N.H., June 22, 1901. Frances Fidelia Dibblee; 2 children: Albert Arnold, III, and Laura. On leaving coll. entered the house of Sprague, Warner & Co., wholesale grocers, and is now vice-pres. and dir. of the company; also dir. C.G.W.R.R.Co. Mem. exec. com. Legislative Voters' League. Trustee Field Museum of Natural History. Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: University, City, Chicago, Commercial, Saddle and Cycle, Onwentsia, Mid-Day (charter mem.). Recreations: golf and hunting. Residence: Lake Forest, Ill. Office: 600 W. Erie St.
["The Book of Chicagoans," 1911, p. 636]
SPRAGUE, Albert Arnold, II, wholesale grocer; b. Chicago, May 13, 1876; s. Otho Sylvester Arnold and Lucia Elvira (Atwood) Sprague: ed. St. Paul's School, Concord. N. H. to 1894: grad. Harvard Univ.. A.B., 1898; m. Rye Beach, N. H, June 22, 1901. Frances Fidelia Dibblee; 1 son: Albert Arnold. III. On leaving college entered the house of Sprague. Warner & Co., wholesale grocers, and is now a dir. of the company; also dir. Hamilton Nat. Bank; dir. Associated Bureau of Charities; mem. of the finance committee of Municipal Voters League. Republican. Episcopalian. Clubs: University, City, Chicago. Merchants, Saddle and Cycle. Chicago Golf, Mid-Day (charter mem.). Office: 7 Randolph St. Residence: 1922 Calumet Av.
["The Book of Chicagoans," 1905, p. 542-543]
2). Maj and Ltc in infantry, France, WWI. Ran unsuccessfully in 1924 as Democratic nominee for US Senate. Had earlier been a Republican. Served twice as city commissioner in Chicago, 1923-27, under Mayor Dever, and 1931-1935, under Mayor Cermack. Was chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission, 1935-39. His name on three bridge plaques over the Chicago River.
4). Received AB from Harvard University in 1898 and LLD from Northwestern University in 1938.
6. Written up in "Who's Who in Chicago & Illinois," 1945, page??. Also in "Who's Who in America," 1946-47, Vol. 24, page 2232.
7. Listed in Illinois Statewide Death index, 1916-1950, as:
Last Name First Name Middle Name Sex/Race Age Cert # Death Date County City Date Filed
Spague A A M/W UNK 0010930 1946-04-06 Cook Chicago ---
8) Lived at 1130 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Cook, IL, per "Polk's Chicago (Illinois) Numerical Street and Avenue Directory, Including...1928-1929," page 471, R.L. Publishers, Chicago, IL, found on Godfrey Memorial Library website <>
1705 Albert A. 2nd9 (s. Otho S. A.8, Ziba7, Edward6, Jonathan5, William4, Edward3, John2, Ralph1, Edward), b. May 13, 1874 in Chicago, Ill.; m. Frances F., dau. of Henry and Laura (Field) Dibblee, Jun. 22, 1901, at Rye Beach, N. H., She was b. Aug. 26, 1876, in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Harvard College at the right time to take charge of the construction of the great building which the wholesale grocery house of Sprague, Warner & Co., moved into in 1909 at Erie and Roberts Sts. An eight story building with ten acres of floor area; the most complete of its kind in existence. He proved to be an efficient superintendent and manager, became one of its directors and now has complete charge of the operation of the building, corner Erie and Roberts Streets, Chicago. Address, Lake Forest, Ill.
2228 Albert A. 3rd, b. May 6, 1903.
2229 Laura, b. Dec. 24, 1909.
["The Ralph Sprague Genealogy," E.G. Sprague, 1913, p. 256]
SPRAGUE, Albert Arnold, wholesale grocer; b. Chicago May 18, 1876; s. Otho Sylvester Arnold and Lucia Elvira (Atwood) Sprague; A.B., Harvard, 1898; m. Frances Fidelia Dibble, of Rye Beach, N.H., June 22, 1901; children -- Albert Arnold, III, Laura, Otho S. A. With Sprague, Warner & Co. since 1898, formerly chmn. board, now dir.; dir. Continental Ill. Bank & Trust Co., C.&N.-W. RY., Calumet & Ariz. Mining Co. Trustee Field Museum, Natural History, John Crerar Library, Children's Memorial Hosp., Rush Med. Coll., Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Shedd Aquarium, Rosenwald Industrial Mus. Student O.T.C., Ft. Sheridan, Ill.; commd. maj. inf. Nov. 27, 1917; assigned to 341st Regt. Inf., 86th Div., and detailed to hdqrs.; sailed for France July 1918; lt. col. Nov. 9 1918; returned to U.S., Mar. 1919, hon. discharged Mar. 28, 1919; col. O.R.C. Commr. of pub. works, Chicago, 1923-27 and since 1931. Dem. candidate for U.S. Senate, 1924. Episcopalian. Clubs: University, City, Chicago, Mid-Day, Commercial, Saddle and Cycle, Onwentsia, Old Elm. Home: 1130 Lake Shore Drive. Office: Sprague, Warner & Co., 600 W. Erie St.
[Who's Who in Chicago, page 921]
failed to get cover page of book when in Chicago in 8/2006 for needed citation. Will do so in 7/2012. The Newberry Library. [1, 6, 14]