Hiram Starr
Samuel Starr
Joseph G. Starr
Susannah K. Starr
Joseph S. Starr


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Laura Payne

Joseph S. Starr 27

  • Born: Illinois 56
  • Marriage: Laura Payne

bullet  General Notes:

In the Decatur Daily Review of April 10, 1903, there was an editorial in favor of the mayor's attempt to bring gambling to the city. Before he was able, people like Joe Starr (called a "crank") "came out before wheels commenced to roll in fairly good shape and knocked the gambling contracts, slot machines and sporting houses and other things into a cocked hat and they [the gaming operations that had moved to town] all had to get up and 'skedaddle.'"


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation: Clerk in a saddle store, 1880, W. Main, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. 25 No house #s are shown on the 1880 census for W. Main St. Probably didn't have them.

Residence: house, 27 Jun 1891, 700 W. Wood, Decatur, Macon, IL. 189

Occupation: Harness maker, 13 Sep 1890, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 725 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.

Occupation: builder, 1 Nov 1890. 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 diamensions. 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.

Legal: defendant in Kramer vs. Starr, 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.

Legal: Bankruptcy 10 years ago, 29 Aug 1913, Decatur, Macon , IL, USA. 173 "Ten Years Ago"
"Proceedings to throw Joe Starr and Harry Starr doing business as the Premium Buggy Company into bankruptcy were started in Springfield."


Joseph married Laura Payne.

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