Robert Higgins moved from the vicinity of Kaskaskia, to a site about 2 miles south of Sparta in 1812. He is believed to be one of the first settlers in the precinct. Other families came later and in 1820 you will find the following persons in the same vicinity: Samuel Nesbit, James Patterson, Major AndrewBorders, Arthur Parks, William and Samuel Gordon, John and James Baird, James McClurken, and possibly others. A man named Shannon established a store about a mile south in 1828. This store served these early settlers. However, a year or two later the store was moved to a building beside what was Armour’s Mill in the present site of Sparta. The new village then formed and was called Columbus, however the store and post office remained Shannon’s Store until 1839. At that time the name “Sparta” was given to both the post office and the town.