George L Stark
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 18:54:42
George L Stark is successfully engaged in farming, owning and cultivating a tract of 25 acres inside the corporation limits of Pilot Mound. His birth occurred in Dodge township, Boone county, Iowa, August 1, 1863, his parents being Ansel and Louisa (Defore) Stark, both of whom were natives of Indiana. They took up their abode among the earliest settlers of this county, and Ansel Stark here enlisted for service in the Civil war. He was killed under the command of General Sherman, in the battle of Atlanta, thus laying down his life o the altar of his country. The mother of our subject who married a second time, still resides in Boone and is the widow of George E Jones.
George L Stark was reared and educated in this county, attending the district schools and also the Boone public schools. He remained with his mother until he had attained his majority and then came to Pilot Mound to learn the barberís trade, subsequently conducting a barber shop here for twenty-three years. On the Rosebud drawing, engaging in farming in that state for one year. After disposing of the property he returned to Pilot Mound, Iowa, and purchased 25 acres of land inside the corporation limits of the town which he has cultivated with excellent results to the present tie, being widely recognized as one of the substantial and representative citizens of the community.
In July 1892, Mr Stark was united in marriage to Miss Margaret McKinley, a distant relative of William McKinley and a daughter of Samuel and Caroline (Bullock) McKinley, who were natives of Kentucky and Missouri respectively. They became pioneer settlers of Jackson county, Iowa, and are both now deceased. Mr and Mrs Stark have one child, Hazel, who is twenty years of age and is the wife of Grover Craven, an agriculturist of Pilot Mound township.
Mr Stark is a republican in politics and has served on the town council and also in the capacity of justice of the peace, making a highly commendable record in both connections. He is a charter member of the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is likewise connected with the Yeoman. His religious faith is that of the Baptist church. He has spent practically his entire life in Boone county and has log been numbered among its respected, enterprising and prosperous citizens.
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