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Nicholas Sparks

 
 
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2014
1. Nicholas Sparks Marker
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Irish Nicholas Sparks (b.1792) was from Darragh, County Wexford. He came "up river" 1816 to work for the founding Wrights of Hull. In 1826 he acquired Philemon Wright Jr.'s widow (Sarah Olmstead) and her nine children (he and she were to have one son and two daughters): crossed to the south shore, and for £ 95 bought the 200 acres, and log cabin thereon, from the first patentee, John Burrows Honey. His household thus became the first in the swale which Col. John By made his campsite for the building of the Rideau Canal and "Bytown", the later city of Ottawa. Sparks was the first Ottawa owner expropriated for the Crown, Col. By taking 104 acres of the canal, which Sparks regained in 1848. He then cut Sparks Street through from Bank to Biddy's Lane (Elgin Street) and gave it to the city. He became our first subdivider, albeit a generous one. He also gave land for the Methodist Chapel; St. Andrew's Church of Scotland and Anglican Christ Church; and sites for the fire station, the gaol and court house, and two market places, one of which became the City Hall (in part, to-day's Centre for the Performing Arts). To assure broad 99 foot Wellington
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Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2014
2. Nicholas Sparks Marker
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and Rideau Street, Sparks gave 66 feet for every 33 feet given by the Crown. He served on Bytown's Abortive Council, 1827; the first Town Council 1847; and the City of Ottawa Council 1854. He died Feb. 27, 1862 and is buried in St. James Cemetery, the Alymer Road.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkGovernment & PoliticsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1945.
 
Location. 45° 25.411′ N, 75° 41.763′ W. Marker is in Downtown Ottawa, Ontario, in Ottawa. Marker is behind the bear near the intersection of Sparks Street Mall and Elgin Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 59 Sparks Street Mall, Downtown Ottawa ON K1P 5A0, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lotta Hitschmanova, C.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fight for Canada / La Lutte Pour Le Canada, 1812-1815 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, CB (about 120 meters away); Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) (about 120 meters away); Brigadier Andrew Hamilton Gault DSO, OBE, ED, CD. (about 120 meters away); Laura Secord, UE (about 120 meters away); Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council (about 120 meters away); Sappers’ Bridge (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Ottawa.
 
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Sparks Street Mall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2014
3. Sparks Street Mall
Looking SW from Elgin Street
 Nicholas Sparks. "Dictionary of Canadian Biography" entry (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 529 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 22, 2022