in a Pecan ShellGeorge
Sparenberg, postmaster at Big
Spring in neighboring Howard County helped one G. H. Gartin apply for a post
office at his Dawson County store.
The post office was granted in 1903
and operated until 1954 with Gartin serving as first postmaster.
community that grew around the store was named in honor of Sparenberg for his
assistance in securing the post office.
The town had a population of
200 in 1920, and according to the Handbook of Texas, this was the town’s
highest reported population. By 1930 there were only 75 residents. The population
remained below 100 – dropping down to only 20 in 1980 – where it remained for
the 1990 census.
Dawson County Map showing Sparenberg|
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
correct spelling is Sparenberg with an 'e' not Sparenburg with a 'u' The difference
between the two is German vs British spelling (the family name is German in origin)
Thank you. - James Sparenberg, January 25, 2006
This Sparenberg page was suggested for inclusion by Susan Bergstrom, a direct
descendant of the town’s namesake.
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