|Harry Carson Starr
Harry Carson Starr 177
An article in the Decatur Daily Review 10-31-1900 says the three brothers Harry, W.H., and Joe went to Hartsburg, PA to visit their old home and friends of their youth, so I figure that's where they were all three born.
Noted events in his life were:
• Entertainment: Captain of Baseball team, 14 Aug 1884, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Captain of the Decatur "Athletics"
• Health: bilious fever, 15 Sep 1885, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Had a "severe case of bilious fever" but was able to go downtown on 9-15.
• Residence, 2 Jun 1880, W. Main, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. 25
• Hobbies: Helped build ballpark, 1885, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 407 Park was located on the corner of William and Pine St. in the spring of 1885 on what later became part of Millikin Place. Harry had been a good catcher and 3rd baseman and manager of the Decatur High School baseball team. The first game at the park had 500 in attendance and was between the Decatur Reds and the Springfield Browns.
• Travel: to California, 15 Dec 1887, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 409 He wrote this letter to his brother Wm. H. Starr:
• Entertainment: Decatur Running Rescue team member, 1 Aug 1888, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 410 The team ran races in Matoon "at the races and firemen's tourney." Top prize was $100.
• Legal, 11 Sep 1889, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 411 Accidentaly shot his mother to death. From the article: "Neighbors who had come home from the theater and were yet awake were startled by hearing the sharp report of a revolver and one shriek of a woman, followed by the agonizing and frantic cries of a man who repeatedly called for help. The cries penetrated to a considerable distance, and the first to arrive at the Starr residence, from whence the cries emanated was T.T. Roberts, followed by Jane and Dick Roberts, the Republican reporter and Fred Baldwin. On hearing the cries T.T. Roberts telephoned to the police and Special Officers Bailey and Connard hurried to the scene. Going up stairs to the double apartments occupied by Mrs. Starr and her son, the deceased was found upon the floor with her head against a pillow and Harry at her side, doing what he could to stanch the flow of blood and hoping against hope that the wound had not proven fatal. It was pitiful to witness the deep grief of the poor young man, who with each passing moment more fully realized the awfulness of the midnight mishap. As quickly as possible messages were sent for the Dr. D.N and E.W. Moore, and W.J. and Cass Chenoweth, Dr. D.N. Moore being the first to enter the room. But the presence of the physicians was of no avail -- Mrs. Starr had died some minutes before they arrived, passing away without being able to speak a word of farewell to any of her children, attended only by her sobbing son. Later, Mr. and Mrs. I. Baldwin, and daughter, Miss Grace and their guest, Mrs. Davis, of Emery, arrived at the residence... As our readers well know several bold burglaries have been committed lately in the city and our people generally are more or less watchful. Only yesterday Mrs. Starr and her son, who with the servant girl, were the only occupants of the house, had talked about the depredations of burglars. Harry, who is single, made his home with his mother, and was her protector. Both occupied up-stairs rooms in the west side of the house, the rooms being separated by folding doors. Harry slept in the south room and his mother in the north room. Both retired at the usual hour. At about 12 o'clock Harry was aroused by a real or imaginary noise and thinking of burglars he got up and secured a 38-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver, which had been kept in a dressing case. There was no one moving about in his mother's room at that time. Harry returned to his bed and put the revolver under his pillow. He fell asleep thinking of and listening for burglars. He was asleep when another noise aroused him. Looking north through the open doors he saw a dark form outlined against the window -- the moon was shining -- and instantly he fired the fatal shot, the response to which was one terrible cry from his mother, through whose neck the fatal bullet had passed, embedding itself in the north wall of the room. Instantly Harry realized the terrible mistake he had made and hurried to the side of his mother to support her before she fell and to find her life blood issuing in streams from the severed jugular vein... Harry is nearly heartbroken... This morning the inquest was held at the home of sorrow... THE VERDICT ... Having heard all the testimony in the case, we fully exonorate Harry from all blame in the matter."
• Residence: house his parents built, 11 Sep 1889, 345 W. Main, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 411 Lived with his mother.
• Travel: to Boston, 12 Aug 1890, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Went to Boston with his uncle from Pennsylvania.
• Occupation: builder ?, 1 Nov 1890, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 412 Two pretty dwellings have lately been completed in the Starr & Mills addition by Joseph and Harry Starr. The houses are twins. Each is 35x42 feet in dimension. Each contains 7 rooms, four on the first floor, and 3 on the second. Sliding doors connect parlor and sitting room and sitting room and dining room, and yet from the hall in front one can enter either room directly. There are large closets. The woodwork has hard oil finish thoughout. A cistern pump in the kitchen, a sink and every modern convenience is provided. The parlor has mantle and grate. The houses are thoroughly modern. They are on the Short Line Street railway. The yards are nicely sodded, the walks are artificial stone, and everything is complete. One of these dwellings is now rented and the other is for rent. Applications may be made to J.G. Starr & Sons.
• Occupation: Harness maker, 1890, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 413 The Starr brothers moved their factory quarters to the west side of North Main St., nearly opposite the north end of the library block. The new building was to have been four stories tall, 43' 8" across its front, with an inset about 25 feet from the front.
• Marriage: travel to KY and TN on wedding trip, 25 Jun 1891, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 414 Arrived home 6-24.
• Travel: to Denver, CO, 28 May 1892, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 Left on 5-27-1892.
• Residence, 9 Jul 1892, Mills & Starrs addition, Decatur, Macon, IL. 415
• Entertainment: Entertained members of the Opera House Orchestra, 9 Jul 1892, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 A piano and clarinet duet was played by Mr. Starr and Professor Walters.
• Entertainment: Theater production "Spider & the Fly," 3 Nov 1892, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Article doesn't say what part Harry played, but he's listed as some of the new blood all of whom are clever people.
• Entertainment: Owned race horses, 8 Jul 1893, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 198 After having visited the World's Fair in St. Louis, Harry stopped by Bloomington on the way home and watched his horse run in a race.
• Entertainment: Party for Mr. & Mrs. G.H. Conklin, 27 Oct 1893, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Harry attended a party for the Conklins who were returning from their wedding tour. Also in attendance: Linn Radcliff, Fallis Radcliff.
• Organizations: Riverside Whist Club, 13 Dec 1893, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 The club plays duplicate whist.
• Legal: Filed lawsuit in property case, 23 May 1896, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 Filed suit against Ed Glennog for having a bicycle that Harry said was "stolen." "Some time ago Glennog's wife bought the bicycle from Starr & Sons on installments. Later, she separated from her husband and left the city, leaving the bicycle in the hands of her husband, who gave it to another woman, though Starr & Sons had not yet been paid for it."
• Health: blood poisoning, 23 Nov 1896, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 416 While in Missouri hunting deer Harry Starr stepped on a thorn and injured himself. Blood poisoning set in, and now Harry since his return home is confined to his room.
• Property: Bought Miller carriage in sale, 30 Mar 1897, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 172 Bought a carriage for $360.
• Legal, 18 Dec 1897, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 The case took two days and the lawyers and newspaper were complaining the case should have been settled in one hour. The case was settled in favor of Kramer. It was over $24 for work on some vehicles.
• Residence, 12 Jun 1900, 1140 S. Walnut, Riverside, Decatur, Macon, IL. 34 This address no longer exists. It may have been where Lake Decatur now is.
• Health: Ill in Harrisburg, PA, 20 Dec 1900, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 "Harry Starr, who has been seriously ill at Harrisburg, Pa., is improving. Reports received by the family are now encouraging and it is thought that Mr. Starr will be sufficiently strong to be brought home by the first of the month."
• Travel: to Cintronelle, Alabama, 31 Mar 1904. 173 Went to Ala. for Nora's health, arriving back on 3-30-1904. They were gone for 2 months.
• Obituary: Decatur Daily Review, 14 Jul 1904. 173 P. 10 -- "Harry C. Starr Died Thursday - End of an Illness of Several Months With Bright's Disease. Harry C. Starr died at his home, 1140 South Walnut street, at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. His quiet death ended a long suffering from Bright's disease, with which he had been afflicted several months.
• Obituary: Decatur Daily Review, 15 Jul 1904. 417 Obits appeared in the paper on:
• Funeral: "Funeral on the Veranda," 17 Jul 1904, S. Walnut St., Decatur, Macon, IL. 185 "Big Crowd at Templar Service over the body of Harry Starr"
• Legal: Bankruptcy 10 years ago, 23 Aug 1913, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 "Ten Years Ago"
Harry married Nora Aileen Radcliff, daughter of Charles Clinton Radcliff and Edna Elizabeth Bullard, on 11 Jun 1891 in Decatur, Macon , IL, USA.34 (Nora Aileen Radcliff was born on 14 Nov 1868 in Mechanicsburg, , , IL, USA,16 died on 29 Dec 1907 in Decatur, Macon , IL, USA 177,178 and was buried on 1 Jan 1908 in Greenwood Cemeter, Decatur, Macon, Illinois, USA 16,178.)
Went to Kentucky and Tennesee on their wedding trip. 186