Port Washington's African-American Heritage

Frederick “Sparky” Biddle

Mike Scarpia and "Sparky" Biddle in front of Valley Road Garage

afam011Mike Scarpia (l.) and Frederick “Sparky” Biddle (r.).  Circa 1940s-1950s.

How “Sparky” got his nickname:
Whenever a car came in with something wrong, he said, “Gotta be the spark plug.”

Frederick "Sparky" and Minnie Biddle, c. 1950

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Frederick "Sparky" Biddle at Gas Station

afam010Circa 1940.  Note: LIRR in background.