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A Rich Heritage of Positive Influencers: The Sprauve Legacy

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Real Estate Agent with BPOS FOR LIFE LLC

The Sprauve Family: A Pillar of the Virgin Islands Community

I come from a lineage of extraordinary individuals who have made significant contributions to the Virgin Islands community. My grandparents, Hilton and Virginia Sprauve, were remarkable people who left an indelible impact on the lives of those around them. They were not just my grandparents; they were community leaders, entrepreneurs, and positive influencers.

Virginia Sprauve: A Saint at Heart

My grandmother, Virginia, was a saint at heart. At her passing, it was discovered how she would extend credit to those who couldn't afford to pay for the food she sold in her store. Sometimes she was never repaid, yet she continued to help others in need. She held steadfast to her beliefs, even when faced with the temptation of higher profits. I remember overhearing a conversation as a young boy where a patron suggested she could make more money by selling alcohol at lunch. She wouldn't have it. Her moral compass was unshakeable, and her kindness knew no bounds.

Hilton Sprauve: A Visionary and a Provider

Hilton Sprauve was a man of vision and hard work. He and Virginia had a large family—six sons and five daughters. Together, they bought an entire mountain under a land act, which later became known as Gina's Hill. The steep road leading to it is famously known as Jacob's Ladder. Virginia was an entrepreneur at heart; she opened a grocery store at the top of Gina's Hill, which also included a restaurant that served lunch. Their ventures not only provided for our family but also created a hub for the community.

Julius E. Sprauve: A Trailblazer in Public Service

My great-grandfather, Julius E. Sprauve, was a Senator in the Virgin Islands Senate. He served 20 years on the St. Thomas Municipal Council and in the Legislature after the government was reorganized. He started representing St. John on the First Municipal Council in 1937 and retired in 1956. His greatest accomplishment was the Homestead Act, which allowed residents to buy land at affordable prices. He was also responsible for road development on St. John, social programs, water-storage facilities, increased health services, and banking facilities (source).

Sir Frank Worrell: A Knight in the Family

The legacy of greatness extends beyond the Virgin Islands. Sir Frank Worrell, who is featured on the Barbados 5 dollar bill, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his extraordinary talent in the sport of cricket. He is another shining example of the excellence that I am proud to be associated with.

Gratitude and the Path Forward

I am incredibly grateful for the rich heritage that I come from. Being a middle child, I've always thought about inclusion and niches, perhaps influenced by the diverse culture and community I grew up in. The Virgin Islands, with its variety of churches and fruits, has always been a place that celebrates diversity, and that's a value I hold dear.

As I look to the future, I am inspired by the past. The Sprauve legacy is not just a story of individual achievements; it's a narrative of community, resilience, and positive influence. And it's a legacy that I am proud to carry forward.

 

Frank Worrell
BPOS FOR LIFE LLC - Chesapeake, VA
Turning BPOs Into Six-Figure Incomes

The few houses you see in the circle i drew all belong to my aunts uncles and cousins thus the few houses compared to the valley and opposite hillside.

Oct 17, 2023 03:07 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

This is a beautiful tribute to your heritage, Frank. What stands out is not just the achievements, but the character of the individuals in your family lineage. The kindness your grandmother showed her customers, your grandfather's vision, and your great-grandfather's public service are lessons in humility, vision, and dedication. It's clear you carry their legacy with pride and an understanding of the responsibility it entails.

Oct 17, 2023 06:28 PM