Biography of Hon. George A. Starn
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Hon. George A. Starn. Honored, respected, and esteemed is Hon. George A. Starn, who is serving as judge of the Common Pleas Court of Wayne County. He was born on a farm in Green Township, Wayne County, Feb. 20, 1874, the son of William W. and Angeline (Plymesser) Starn.

William W. Starn was a native of Green Township, born in 1840. He was a successful farmer and also owned and operated a sawmill for many years. He took an active part in the civic life of his community and served as trustee of Green Township and as a member of the school board. He was a Democrat and held membership in the Lutheran Church. Mr. Starn died in 1896, and his wife, a native of Wayne County, died in 1924. Both are buried in Chippewa Cemetery, Green Township. They were the parents of ten children, of whom George A., the subject of this sketch, was the third in order of birth.

George Starn, father of William W. Starn, was born in Pennsylvania, and was among the first settlers of Wayne County. He became one of the most prosperous and successful farmers of Green Township, where he died at the age of 70 years.

George A. Starn received his early education in the district schools of Green Township. He is a graduate of Smithville Academy, and Ohio Northern University, having received the degree of LL. B. at the latter institution in 1899. Mr. Starn began his professional career at Orrville, where he remained until January, 1913. He then removed to Wooster and successfully engaged in practice in this city until his election as judge of the Common Pleas Court in January, 1921. He held the office of prosecuting attorney of Wayne County, from 1913 until 1917, and served as mayor of Orrville for one term and as city solicitor for ten years.

On Nov. 15, 1899, Mr. Starn was united in marriage with Miss Alice C. Steiner, of Sterling, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mariah (Kratz) Steiner. Both were born in Milton Township, and are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Starn were born five children: 1. George Donald, born Aug. 17, 1903, a graduate of Wooster College, now athletic coach in Ashland High School. He married Miss Margaret Langell, of Wooster, and they have a daughter, Margaret Ellen. 2. William Elbert, born in 1906, a graduate of Bethany College, ordained in 1928 as a minister of the Church of Christ. He married Margaret Helm, in August, 1930. He is taking a post graduate course at Yale. 3. Pauline, a graduate of Wooster High School and a member of the class of 1931, Bethany College. 4. Isabel, attends Ashland College. 5. Virginia, attends Wooster High School.

In politics, Judge Starn has always been identified with the Democratic party. His family are members of the Church of Christ and he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

The Starn family lives at 573 East North Street, Wooster.

From:
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931


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