Joseph Newton Sparks was born on July 19, 1894 in Granville, Missouri. He graduated from the Keyser Preparatory School in
Keyser, West Virginia and then spent several years as a farmer in Springfield, West Virginia. In 1921, he went to work in
the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company in Cumberland, Maryland.
He entered the Railway Mail Service on October 22, 1928 as a substitute Railway Postal Clerk in Baltimore, Maryland, became
a clerk in 1936, was appointed Assistant Superintendent in April 1947 of the Postal Transportation Service (formerly the Railway
Mail Service) and in November 1947 became District Superintendent and District Transportation Manager on the lines of the
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad between Jersey City, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. and between Washington and Grafton, West Virginia
and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When District offices were discontinued in 1958, he became a Field Services Officer in the
Baltimore area. Joseph Sparks retired on November 30, 1959 after 31 years with the U.S. Post Office Department.
On February 9, 1933, he married Margaret Catherine Arnold in Maryland. The Sparks had a son, Joseph F. and two daughters,
Mary L. and Margaret J.
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