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Charles A. Starr 34

  • Born: Dec 1873, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA 34,966
  • Marriage: Stella Crossley on 12 Dec 1900 in Decatur, Macon , IL, USA 74,965
  • Died: 16 Dec 1927, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA at age 54 965
  • Buried: Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, Macon, IL 19,965

bullet  General Notes:

See the entry entitled obituary to read a full account of his and his business' history.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Salesman for his dad's harness store, 2 Jun 1900, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 34

Residence, 28 Apr 1910, 345 W. Main St., Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. 13 Living here are Charles A. Starr as head, wife Stella, and son Charles W. Next door is his brother William C., and then next door down from therre is William and Keturah Starr, their parents.

Occupation: Manager, Harness shop, 28 Apr 1910, Decatur, Macon, IL, USA. 13

Residence, 28 Jan 1920, 137 N. Park Place, Decatur, Macon, IL. 14 Living here are Charles H. has head, wife Stella, and children Charles W. and Betty V.

Occupation: Agent, Automobile company, 28 Jan 1920, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 14

Occupation: Ford Car dealer, 1927, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 965

Residence, Dec 1927, 137 N. Park Place, Decatur, Macon, IL. 965

Obituary: Died from Pneumonia, 16 Dec 1927, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 965 "Charles A. Starr, one of the best-known automobile dealers in Central Illinois died at 11:55 o'clock Friday night at his home, 137 North Park Place. He lacked just one week of being 54 years old but impressed one as being much younger. ... His death was a distinct shock to all who knew him. ...
For 3 generations the family was engaged in the manufacture and sale of harness and saddles and the sale of light vehicles. For many years the retail store and factory was in the southwest corner of Lincoln Square. The business grew until larger manufacturing quarters became necessary and a new factory building was erected in the northeast part of the city while the retail department remained in the old quarters.
Only a few years after the new factory was in operation and when everything looked bright for the industry, the praactical use of the automobile became apparent. It was a blow to Charles Stqarr and his brothers, Will C. Starr, to have to realize that the business in which the family had been engaged for three generations would have to be side-tracted for a modern invention that would make their own products a drug on the market; but they could not deny that this was certain to come about.
As soon as they realized this they took the agency for the Ford car and are among the pioneer Ford dealers in central Illinois. Like all others who got into that line early and remained with it, they made it a big success.
The first agency taken was for the Ford. At that time C.A. Starr and his brother W.C. Starr were still operating the same business. Later the agency for other cars was taken. When Mr. Ford insisted that the Ford agency must be independent W.C. Starr took the Overland agency into a separate business.
Charles Starr operated his business under the original firm name J.G. Starr.
Charles Starr was well liked by those who knew him best. He was congenial and companionable. He was well advanced in Masonry, being a member of Ionic lodge No. 312. A.F. and A.M. Zohak Grotto, No. 68, Macon chapter, No. 21 R.A.M., Decatur Council, No. 18, R. and S.M(?); Beaumanoir commandery, No. 9, Knights Templar, the Mystic Shrine, and was a thirty-second degree Mason.
He and Miss Stella Crossley were married in Decatur, Dec. 12, 1900. He is survived by his wife and two children, Charles W. Starr and Bettie Starr. He also leaves two brothers and two sisters, Will C. Starr of Decatur, Baldwin Starr, Mrs. Ada Wiley and Mrs. E.S. Powers of Los Angeles, Cal.
The body was taken to L.A. Monson, funeral director, and prepared for burial.


Charles married Stella Crossley on 12 Dec 1900 in Decatur, Macon , IL, USA 74.,965 (Stella Crossley was born about 1878 in Illinois 13.)

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