- SPRAGUE, Otho Sylvester Arnold, merchant; b. E. Randolph, Orange Co., Vt., May 13, 1839; s. Ziba and Caroline (Arnold) Sprague; ed. district school, E. Randolph, and at Kimball Union Acad., Kimball, N. H.; m. 1871, Lucia E., daughter of Ebenezer and Elvira Atwood, of Malone, N. Y.; children: Mrs. Mary Sprague Miller, A. A., II, Nancy A., Lucy. On leaving school entered general store of H. Holden; in 1860 he bought an interest In the store, the firm being H. Holden & Co.; enlisted and became orderly sergeant, Co. G, 8th Vermont Vols., and went to New Orleans in corps of Gen. B. F. Butler, but after short service was compelled to resign, because of falling health. As soon as health would permit, came to Chicago, joining his brother, A. A. Sprague and Ezra J. Warner, in establishing firm of Sprague, Warner & Co., which has grown to be the largest wholesale grocery enterprise in the U. S.; now retired from active work in business. Dir. in Pullman Co., and Southern California Ry. Co. Republican. Was one of Royal Greek Commissioners to World's Columbian Exposition, and received from King of Greece the cross of an officer of the Royal Order of the Saviour. Clubs: Commercial, Union, Chicago, Chicago Literary. Office: 7 Randolph St. Residence: Pasadena, Calif.
["The Book of Chicagoans," 1905, p. 543]
"m. 1871, Otho Sylvester Arnold Sprague of E. Rand., brother and business partner of Albert Arnold Sprague. Lived in Chicago until failing health compelled Mr. Sprague to go to Cal. In 1901 they came back to Chicago where she d. leaving a husband, one son and three daughters,"
per History of Barnard, Vermont, page 26.
"Two Lives," by his daughter, Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Joined his brother, Albert Arnold Sprague (1835-1915), and Ezra Warner, in 1870, in Sprague & Warner. Earlier he had been invalided home from the Civil War with what was to become tuberculosis. Marriage dates of daughter MAS and LS. Sons OSAS died of typhoid fever and AS of diptheria, page 48. See clippings in Chicago File as to terribly poor health conditions in Chicago.
"Ye Atte Wode Annals," page 35. Good information.
"The Chicago Daily Tribune," Feb 22, 1909, obituary. Copy in OSAS folder.
Death dates from cemetery records.
Town of Malone, Franklin County, NY, has no records for the period 1851-1881, per town clerk. See correspondence dated 28 Nov 1989.
In US Fed Census, VT, Orange, Randolph, he lived in household of George M Graver.
Civil War information / www.itd.nps.gov - Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System
Regiment Name 8 Vermont Infantry
Soldier's Rank_In Sergt.
Soldier's Rank_Out Sergt.
Alternate Name O.S.A./Sprague
Film Number M557 roll 13
American Civil War Soldiers - ancestry.com
Name: Otho Sprague
Residence: Randolph, Vermont
Enlistment Date: 20 Nov 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Vermont
Service Record: Enlisted as a Sergeant on 20 November 1861.
Enlisted in Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 18 Feb 1862.
Received a disability discharge from Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment Vermont on 6 Jul 1862.
1176 Otho S. A.8 (s. Ziba7, Edward6, Jonathan5, William4, Edward3, John2, Ralph1, Edward), b. E. Randolph. Orange Co., Vt., May 13, 1839; educated in district school, E. Randolph, and at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N. H.; m. in 1871, Lucia E., dau. Ebenezer and Elvira Atwood, at Malone, N. Y. On leaving school entered general store of H. Holden; in 1860 he bought an interest in the store, the firm being H. Holden Co.; he enlisted and became orderly sergeant, Co. G. 8th Vt., Vols., and went to New Orleans in corps of Gen. B. F. Butler. but after short service was compelled to resign, because of failing health. As soon as health would permit, went to Chicago, joining his brother. A. A. Sprague, and Ezra .J. Warner, in establishing firm of Sprague, Warner & Co., which has grown to be the largest wholesale grocery enterpirse in the United States. He was a director in the Pullman Co., Elgin Nat'l Watch Co., and Southern California R'y Co. Was one of the Royal Greek Commissioners to World's Columbian Exposition, and received from King of Greece the cross of an officer of the Royal Order of the Savior. Clubs: Commercial, Union League, Chicago and Chicago Literary. Republican. As a memorial to his wife he erected and furnished a hospital at Pasadena, Calif. He died at Pasadena, Calif., Feb. 20, 1909. "Mr. Sprague was a great reader and a man of fine literary tastes. His private library was one of the finest in the city and no man who has lived in Chicago had a greater number of friends."\emdash Chicago Inter Ocean, Feb). 22.
1704 Mary A. Sprague, b. Jul. 30, 1872 in Chicago, Ill.; m. Adolph C. Miller, Oct. 7, 1895. He is professor of Economics in the University of California.
1705 Albert A., 2nd, b. May 13, 1874.
1706 Nancy A., b. Aug. 8, 1876.
1707 Lucy, b. July 3, 1878.
1708 Otho S. A., b. Dec. 23, 1880; d. Aug. 18, 1893.
1709 Arnold, b. Nov. 9, 1882; d. April 1, 1889.
["The Ralph Sprague Genealogy," E.G. Sprague, 1913, pages 191-192] [7, 17]