Robert Stewart Sparks

Robert Stewart Sparks

Robert Stewart Sparks

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Robert Stewart Sparks (1871–1932) was a Los Angeles City Council member in the 1920s. He was the first person to represent the 5th District under a new city charter effective in 1925. Earlier, as the marriage-license clerk at City Hall, he was given the nickname "Cupid" and, with his wife, ran an informal matchmaking service throughout Los Angeles County.

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thumb|125px|left|<center>R.S. Sparks</center>Sparks was born on March 31, 1871, in Anoka, Minnesota, the son of Henry Sparks. He graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul and moved to Los Angeles in 1894 to engage in the real-estate business; he was married to Edith McGinty of that city the same year. They had one son, Richard.

Sparks entered the office of the County Clerk as deputy in charge of the marriage-license division in December 1912 and there was given the nickname "Cupid." He was ousted as deputy in 1920 after L.E. Lampton was elected clerk., but he retained his interest in matrimony. Having received "thousands of letters from lonely men and women asking for his assistance in securing mates," he said, he and his wife "study the letters, and from the descriptions given we match up the requirements as best we can, and then I put the husband-seekers and wife-seekers in touch with each other by letter. Hundreds of marriages have resulted."...
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