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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Starr Family Home Discoveries

by Megan Maxwell, site staff at Starr Family Home

We’ve had lots of excitement at the Starr Family Home over new artifact discoveries and donations. During inventory last fall, a ledger book from Frank Starr’s land agency was found hidden away on an upper closet shelf. Several months later, an old umbrella was found tucked away among some fireplace fenders in the attic. The umbrella fabric was long gone, but the handle is a carved dog’s head with a wonderful facial expression.
In January, we were fortunate to receive a donation of two original letters from Frank Starr to the land commissioner of Cherokee County about a road being built through Starr’s land. Amanda and Jason Childress donated the documents that were found in her stepfather’s house.
This winter we also welcomed 25 Starr descendents for a birthday party and tour of the house museum.
John Rodriguez, our maintenance manager, recently restored our spare front gate and installed it. We are told that Mrs. Ruth Starr Blake always kept an extra gate ready when the old one needed to be replaced. There is an even older gate on site; John believes it might be the original gate, dating to the 19th century (old gate pictured at right).

**Starr Family Home is located in Marshall on the corner of Travis St. and S. Grove St. in the Texas Forest Trail Region.

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