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1. Chester O. Starks                            
2. Verlin Starks                                         Irish Family Photo  
3. John O. Starks,                                           circa 1908  
4. George ? Eastman                                            
There are additional photos of Starks family 
members on other pages of this web site.
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Chester and Martha Eastman Starks:  Chester Otis Starks, the son of Levi M. and Saphrona 
(Merrihew) Starks, was born April 4, 1852, at Weyauwega, Wisconsin.  Chester married Martha 
F. Eastman, February 27, 1870, at Weyauwega.  Martha, the daughter of Aquilla and Cynthia
(Crawford) Eastman, was born April 9, 1852, at Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Chester and Martha 
had four children: Effie May Starks, Mary Lucinda “Mae”  Starks, Levi Wesley Starks, and John 
Otis Starks. Chester and Martha moved to Langlade County in 1878 and eventually settled on a 
small farm near Polar.  Chester’s parents, Levi and Saphrona, also moved to Polar.  

After Saphrona’ death in 1888, Levi moved to Kansas where he farmed until his death in 1903.  
As the children left home they remained in the Antigo area. During the period of 1899-1903, the 
various members of the Starks family, including Chester, Martha and all of their children moved 
to the Laona area.  Members of the Starks family mostly settled S/W of Laona in the area now 
known as Stark's Settlement

Chester farmed, worked at logging and was a surveyor.  He helped to survey the route north for 
the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.  During the time the family lived in Langlade County, 
Chester would take extended trips north into the vast undeveloped areas.  On these trips he 
would hunt, trap, and pick ginseng, and would sell what he had gathered at one of several remote 
outposts that existed at that time.  He would then do the same on his was back home.  Most 
often he would send a letter home when he reached the furthest point on his trip.  The following 
is a transcription of one of those letters:

Chester Otis Starks died at Laona on July 21, 1915, at age 63.  After Chester’s death, Martha lived with her daughter Effie in Laona until her death on November 4, 1938.  Martha lived to be 86 years old.

Chester and Martha’s Children

Effie May Starks (Irish-Zahringer) 1872-1941

Effie May Starks was born July 23, 1871, at Freemont, Wisconsin.  Effie married Henry 
W. Irish, April 8, 1888 in Langlade County.  The couple had two children: Myrtle G. Irish 
born 1889, and Chester J. Irish, born 1891, both born in Langlade County.  Effie and 
Henry separated in 1897, and were divorced in June of 1899. 

In August 1899, Effie married Matthew Zahringer.  Matt was born 1878 at St. Johns, 
Wisconsin and was the son of Wendlin and Mary Zahringer.  Matt, Effie, and Effie’s two 
children, Myrtle and Chester moved to Laona circa 1899.  Matt and Effie owned and 
operated the Hotel Zahringer and attached saloon until 1917 when the hotel was 
destroyed by fire.  The couple separated prior to 1918 when Matt married Floy M. Barnes.  
Effie operated a boarding house in the former Riverside Hospital until her death in 1941. 

Effie’s daughter, Myrtle Irish, married Fred Tomany in 1909, they had one child, Evelyn 
M. Tomany born 1910, who married Alphonse Masse.  Her second marriage was to 
Earl “Griff” Milham in 1916 and they had one son, Earl H. Milham born 1917, who 
married Margie Tyler.

Effie’s son, Chester J. Irish, married Mary  A. Betker in 1911 and they had two sons, 
John H. Irish and Harold C. Irish.   

Mary Lucinda “Mae” Starks (Snow-Brewer) 1874-1913

Mary Lucinda “Mae” Starks was born January 25, 1874, in Waupaca County. She married 
Ellihue B. Snow May 23,1892 in Langlade County and the couple had three children: 
Martha (Irene) Snow born 1899 who married Roy Barnes, Ivy Snow born 1891who married 
Parker Orr, and Edward A. Snow born 1891 who married Gertrude Pitzlen, all born in 
Langlade County.  The family moved to Laona circa 1900.  

Her second marriage was to George Brewer in 1904 and they had two children: Burttie 
Brewer born 1906 who married Raleigh Calhoun, and Arbor Brewer.

Mary L. “Mae” (Starks) Snow-Brewer died May 18, 1913.

Levi Wesley Starks 1877-1946

Levi Wesley Starks was born August 6, 1877 in Waupaca County. He married Mary J. 
Flitcraft, the daughter of William and Isabella Flitcraft, at Bryant on April 13, 1898. The 
couple moved to Laona circa 1900.  The couple had four children: Alvie C. Starks born 
1899 who married Marie A. Wilber, Oral A. Starks born 1903 who married Alice Snow, 
Clyde L. Starks born 1907 who married Pearl Brooks, and Delight A. Starks born 1917 
who married Melvin Kaatz.

The children of Levi and Mary Jane migrated west.  The couple eventually relocated in 
1946 to be near their family.  Levi died September 26, 1946, at Goldendale, Washington.  
Mary Jane died June 29, 1963, at Goldendale, Washington.

John Otis Starks 1879-1954

John Otis Starks was born September 20, 1878 at Polar in Langlade County. He married 
Ada May Erickson, daughter of Knute and Ella Erickson, December 31, 1899 in Langlade 
County. The marriage was witnessed by Ed Slimmer and Jennie Davis. They moved to 
Laona circa 1900 and the couple had six children: Allen M. Starks born 1901, Verlin Starks
born 1903, who married Nellie Collins in 1923 and Dorothy Piepkorn in 1948, Eva Starks 
born 1905 who married James Ross, Mercedes Starks born 1910 who married Louis 
Beaudin in 1928 and James Baltus in 1955, Bonita Starks born 1911 who married Felix 
Jackowski, and John A. Starks born in 1922 who married Jane M. Belongia. 

John Otis Starks died October 6, 1954, at age 76.  Ada May’s second marriage was to 
William “Bill” Eastman.  She died November 21, 1973, in Libby, Montana. 

Two generations of famlies connected to the Chester and Martha Starks family include: 
Beaudin, Baltus, Barnes, Betker, Belonga, Brewer, Brooks, Collins, Eastman, Erickson, Flitcraft, Jackowski, Irish, Kaatz, Milham, 
Orr, Piepkorn, Ross, Snow, Tomany, Wilber and  Zahringer.

Family Photos
Alvie C. Starks circa 1925.           Johnson Family Photo 
Chester O. Starks circa 1875.
                                       Irish Family Photo
Mary (Flitcraft) & Levi W. Starks circa 1940.
                                              Johnson Family Photo
 The Chester and Martha Starks Family
by John C. Irish (great-great grandson) 
Chester and Martha Starks Family circa 1900.                                                                                                                                                    Irish family Photo 
1. Levi Wesley Starks 1877-1946,  2. Chester Otis Starks 1852-1915,  3. John Otis Starks 1879-1954,  4. Effie May Starks (Irish-Zahringer) 1872-1941, 5. Martha Frances (Eastman) Starks 1852-1938,  6. Mary Lucinda "Mae" Starks (Snow-Brewer) 1874-1913.
  North Branch of the Oconto, August 3 & 4, 1891 
  (original letter transcribed with minor corrections)

  Well Martha, I sit down to write you a few lines to let you know that we are all right.  

  We moved here Friday last and is a nice place to camp with lots of trout.

  Last night Billie Dalton came running in and said there was a big buck in the river. He got the gun   and I shot it right from the tent so I 
  left the boys in today to jerk it and they have done well.  

  Billie and me took a run through most of the Peshtigo River today.  I only got 2 pounds (ginseng).    The boys and I got 8 pounds yesterday.
  We have got 4 ½ pound dry besides that. 

   I was laid up 3 days with the piles and it was awful bad and it rained one day.  There is a big shower  going over now.  

  I think we may take a run home in about 2 weeks unless we find something better than what we  have.  There are some sports here from
  Chicago and I will send this out to mail by them next Friday.

  I wish we knew how you all were at home.  Johnny and Levi say they would kinda like to see ma but they say they would be willing to stay
  here and let me go home.  When I go, I am going to 
  bring them, so good night.

  Love to you from your Chet, Levi and Johnny.   

Levi M. Starks  circa 1890. Levi was one 
of 14 Children.
Earl "Griff" Milham, son Earl H. Milham and wife Myrtle (Irish) Tomany-Milham.
Effie Starks (L) & Mary "Mae" Starks (R) circa 1885.
Levi W. Starks and Mary Jane Flitcraft Wedding - Bryant, Wisconsin, April 13, 1898.
     1. John O. Starks,  2. Effie M. (Starks) Irish,  3. Unknown,  4. Myrtle G. Irish,  5. Henry W. Irish,  6. Willis Flitcraft,  7. Mrs. Willis  Flitcraft,  8. Chester J. Irish,
     9. Frank Lonier,  10. John Flitcraft,  11. Margaret Flitcraft,  12. Levi W. Starks,  13. George Eastman,  14. Mary J. (Flitcraft) Starks,  15. Joe Flitcraft, 
    16. Henderson Bowling,  17. Mrs. Joe Flitcraft,  18. Lucinda May (Starks) Snow,  19. Ed Snow, 20. John Hutsel,  21. Ivy Snow,  22. Elihue Snow, 
    23. Carrie Hutsel, 24. Unknown, 25. Martha (Eastman) Starks,  26. Chester O. Starks, 27. Mrs. Holden, 28. Unknown
John (L) and Levi Starks (R) circa 1895.
Starks Family circa 1905.                                                                                                                                                                                                  Irish Family Photo
1. Martha (Eastman) Starks,  2. Chester O. Starks,  3. Unknown,  4. Elihue Snow,  5. Mary (Starks) Snow,  6. Levi Starks,  7.  Unknown,   
8. Mary Jane (Flitcraft) Starks,  9. Unknown,  10. Unknown,  11. Mae (Erickson) Starks,  12. Unknown Baby,  13. John O. Starks.
Four Generations of Starks Women - Laona, Wisconsin circa 1925
          1. Great-Grandmother - Martha F. (Eastman) Starks 1852-1938   
2. Grandmother - Effie M. (Starks) Irish-Zahringer 1872-1941 
3. Mother - Myrtle G. (Irish) Tomany-Milham 1889-1926 
4. Daughter - Evelyn M. (Tomany) Masse 1910-1973         Irish Family Photo
Edrick C. & William W. Starks circa 1862.
(Chester's brothers)           Irish Family Photo
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Matt Zahringer and Effie (Starks-Irish) Zahringer circa 1902.                                                                                                     Irish Family Photo