Stark Brothers Nursery

 

In 1816 24-year-old James Hart Stark and his new wife Jane, along with a small group of pioneers, immigrated from Kentucky to Missouri to settle near what would eventually become Louisiana, Mo. Among the possessions they brought from Kentucky were scions from the thriving apple trees they left behind. The orchard begun with those scions flourished and eventually became the basis for what is now known as Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co.

Stark Bro's nursery gained a reputation for both excellence and research. In 1893 the nursery acquired and introduced the Red Delicious apple, originally known as the "Hawkeye" from Perry, Iowa. Legend has it C.M. Stark took one bite of this now-famous apple and proclaimed, "My that's delicious - and that's the name for it!" 

Their reputation for research led to an alliance with famed horticulturist Luther Burbank. Over the course of a 55-year career breeding plants, Burbank developed over 800 different strains and varieties. On his death in 1926, he selected Stark Bro's Nurseries to carry on his work and willed over 750 varieties to the company.

In 1914 Paul Stark discovered the Golden Delicious, originally known as Mullins Yellow, in Clay County, West Virginia. Paul bought the original tree and placed a cage around it to ensure no cuttings were taken except for Stark Bro's Nursery. Although the tree died in the late 1950's, its golden fruit is enjoyed around the world today.

In the 1940's Stark Brothers Nursery also provided work for a branch Prisoner of War camp located in Louisiana. Although Missouri only had 4 main base camps, Ft. Leonard Wood, Ste. Genevieve, Neosho & Nevada, there were numerous "branch camps". These "branch camps" were used to put POWs where their labor could be best utilized.

Eventually, Stark Bro's Nurseries became the largest nursery in the world.

In recent years, Stark Bro's Nurseries has survived two changes in ownership, a bankruptcy and a split with a minor division not related to the nursery industry. Today, Stark Bro's Nursery is strong and confident as it faces the 21st century.

 

 

Plaque erected in front of the Stark Cabin
 
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LOUISIANA

Louisiana, early Mississippi River port, known for the Delicious apple developed here and grown throughout the world, was settled, 1817, when John Bryson pre-empted land near the confluence of the river and Noix Creek. A year later Samuel Caldwell and Joel Shaw from Kentucky founded the town on land bought from Bryson.

The Pioneer Stark cabin was moved here from the nearby hills, restored, and opened as a museum, 1952, to honor Horticulturist James Hart Stark who built the cabin. The orchard he planted, 1816, with grafted scions brought from the family's Kentucky orchard, considered the first of the grafted apple trees west of the Alleghenies, has become known under his descendants as one of the oldest and largest commercial nurseries in the world. Here are carried on many of Luther Burbank's experiments. The Stark Nursery obtained first patent granted a fruit, 1934.

Settlers were in the general vicinity of Louisiana as early as 1810 and some 2 miles southeast a D.A.R. monument marks the site of Buffalo Fort where 25 families took refuge during the War of 1812.

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Erected by State Historical Society of Missouri
and State Highway Commission, 1953


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LOUISIANA
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Prominent supply stop for pioneers to the Salt River Country, the city flourished as a river port until the coming of the railroads. Louisiana early became a trade and industrial center.

Laid out the year Pike Co. was organized, the town served as county seat until 1824. Centrally located Bowling Green succeeded as county seat. The slang term "Pike" or "Piker" derives from this county and came into use to identify natives of the region who joined the '49 Gold Rush. The county is named for Explorer Zebulon M. Pike.

Here lived Lloyd C. Stark, Governor of Missouri, 1837-1941. John B. Henderson (1826-1913), U.S. Senator, promoter of the 13th and 15th Constitutional Amendments, had law offices here. Champ Clark (1850-1921). Speaker of U.S. House of Representatives, had law offices and taught here before making his home in nearby Bowling Green. Scientist R.R. Rowley (1854-1935) taught here.

The third Missouri railroad bridge across the Mississippi opened here, 1873. Champ Clark Highway Bridge was dedicated, 1928.

Erected by State Historical Society of Missouri
and State Highway Commission, 1953

Descendants of John Stark

 

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 STARK He married UNKNOWN. 

Children of JOHN STARK and UNKNOWN are: 

  1. JAMES HART2 STARK. 

  2. ARCHIBALD STARK. 

 

Generation No. 2

2. JAMES HART2 STARK (JOHN1) He married ELIZABETH THORNTON. 

Child of JAMES STARK and ELIZABETH THORNTON is: 

  1. JOHN3 STARK, b. 1717. 

 

Generation No. 3

3. JOHN3 STARK (JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1717. He married (1) HANNA EAVES. He married (2) HANSON PORTER 1746. She died 1775. 

Child of JOHN STARK and HANNA EAVES is: 

  1. JAMES4 STARK, b. 1757; d. 1820. 

 

Generation No. 4

4. JAMES4 STARK (JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1757, and died 1820. He married (1) SUSANNA HART. She died 1803. He married (2) JANE FRISTOE 1780. She died 1785. 

Child of JAMES STARK and SUSANNA HART is: 

JAMES HART5 STARK, b. 1792; d. Stark, Calumet, Pike County, Missouri. 

 

Generation No. 5

5. JAMES HART5 STARK (JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1792, and died in Stark, Calumet, Pike County, Missouri. He married JANE WATTS 1815 in Kentucky, daughter of JOHN WATTS and ELIZABETH JACOBY. She was born 1797, and died 1882 in Stark, Calumet, Pike County, Missouri. 

Notes for JAMES HART STARK: 
On October 10, 1816 James and his little family arrived in Louisiana Pike County Missouri to set up his homestead and his future orchards.

Children of JAMES STARK and JANE WATTS are: 

  1. WILLIAM WATTS6 STARK, b. 1827; d. 1880. 

  2. THORNTON G. STARK. 

 

Generation No. 6

6. WILLIAM WATTS6 STARK (JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1827, and died 1880. He married ELIZA PHARR 1854. She was born 1834, and died 1881. 

Children of WILLIAM STARK and ELIZA PHARR are: 

  1. CLARENCE MCDOWELL7 STARK, b. 1855; d. 1914, Riverview Cemetery, Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri. 

  2. EDGAR W. STARK

  3. EVA MABEL STARK

  4. WILLIAM P. STARK

  5. MARGARET J. STARK. 

6. THORNTON G.6 STARK (JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) He married LUCINDA EIDSON. 

Children of THORNTON STARK and LUCINDA EIDSON are: 

  1. EUGENE W.7 STARK, b. 1865; d. 1909

  2. JAMES O. STARK, b. 1855; d. 1927

  3. E. HOMER STARK. 

 

Generation No. 7

7. CLARENCE MCDOWELL7 STARK (WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1855, and died 1914 in Riverview Cemetery, Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri. He married LILLY S. CROW. She died 1944 in Riverview Cemetery, Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri. 

Children of CLARENCE STARK and LILLY CROW are: 

  1. LLOYD C.8 STARK, b. 1886; d. 1972. 

  2. WILLELLA STARK. 

  3. PAUL C. STARK, b. 1891. 

7. EDGAR W.7 STARK (WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) He married MARTHA JOHNSTON. 

Children of EDGAR STARK and MARTHA JOHNSTON are: 

  1. CLAY HAMILTON8 STARK, b. 1894, Pike County, Missouri; m. ELIZABETH HARRIS, 1923. 

  2. MARTHA W. STARK. 

7. EUGENE W.7 STARK (THORNTON G.6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1865, and died 1909. He married ANN WRIGHT WITHROW 1886. 

Notes for EUGENE W. STARK: 
He was a Mo. State Senator.

Children of EUGENE STARK and ANN WITHROW are: 

  1. FRANK8 STARK

  2. THOMAS W. STARK, b. 1891; d. 1943; m. ALICE TRUE

  3. LAWRENCE E. STARK, b. 1893; d. 1958; m. MARIE A. DICKISON, 1933

  4. EDWIN J. STARK. 

7. JAMES O.7 STARK (THORNTON G.6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1855, and died 1927. He married (1) KATHERINE MILLER. She died 1894. He married (2) ADA MARY BUFFUM 1896. She died 1962. 

Children of JAMES STARK and KATHERINE MILLER are: 

  1. THORNTON G.8 STARK

  2. ORY STARK

  3. FRANCES STARK

Child of JAMES STARK and ADA BUFFUM is: 

  1. MARY ROXANNA8 STARK, b. 1898

 

Generation No. 8

8. LLOYD C.8 STARK (CLARENCE MCDOWELL7, WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1886, and died 1972. He married (1) MARGARET STICKNEY 1918. She was born 1889, and died 1930. He married (2) KATHERINE L. PERKINS 1931. She was born 1901. 

Notes for LLOYD C. STARK: 
1936 Governor of Missouri 1937-1941
lived on Aberdeen Stock farms

Children of LLOYD STARK and MARGARET STICKNEY are: 

  1. LLOYD S.9 STARK, b. 1909; d. 1946

  2. JOHN W. STARK

Children of LLOYD STARK and KATHERINE PERKINS are: 

  1. MARY S.9 STARK

  2. KATHERINE L. STARK. 

8. PAUL C.8 STARK (CLARENCE MCDOWELL7, WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1891. He married THEODOSIA A. BARNETT. 

Children of PAUL STARK and THEODOSIA BARNETT are: 

  1. PAUL C.9 STARK

  2. THEODOSIA STARK

  3. HELEN B. STARK

  4. GEORGETTE B. STARK. 

8. MARTHA W.8 STARK (EDGAR W.7, WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) She married WALTER CYRUS LOGAN. 

Children of MARTHA STARK and WALTER LOGAN are: 

  1. MARTHA STARK9 LOGAN

  2. JOHN STARK LOGAN

 

Generation No. 9

9. LLOYD S.9 STARK (LLOYD C.8, CLARENCE MCDOWELL7, WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) was born 1909, and died 1946. He married DORCAS BEERY 1928. She was born 1905.

Children of LLOYD STARK and DORCAS BEERY are: 

  1. LLOYD S.10 STARK

  2. MARGARET S. STARK

 

Generation No. 10

10. LLOYD S.10 STARK (LLOYD S.9, LLOYD C.8, CLARENCE MCDOWELL7, WILLIAM WATTS6, JAMES HART5, JAMES4, JOHN3, JAMES HART2, JOHN1) He married FRANCES FULDA 1953. 

Children of LLOYD STARK and FRANCES FULDA are: 

  1. JAMES L.11 STARK

  2. FRANCE E. STARK.

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