“C.W. Starr died in this city Wednesday morning at 10:00 o’clock, aged 73 years, 2 months and 28 days. He has been sick for several weeks and his death expected hourly for the past ten days. He came to Oregon from Ohio in 1857 and took up a donation claim just this side of Monroe [Oregon]. He moved to this city a few years ago. His remains were interred in Muddy cemetery, the ceremony being under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. His children, with one exception, were all buried at there.” Junction City Times [Oregon], April 13, 1895, pg. 5, col. 2.
Today we followed to the tomb all that was mortal of our friend and brother C.W. Starr.
While he expressed his willingness to go any time the summons came, we feel like we must write a thought to his memory. He had lived man’s allotted time over three score years.
Being one of Oregon’s Pioneers, he had his share of hardships of settling in our beautiful valley. He had buried four children (all he had) and one grandson, whom he raised, all having reached the age of maturity. His sorrows seemed to have softened his heart to others woes, for had taken to his heart and home several orphan children, and not only fulfilled the commandment to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, but was a father in deed to them. None could tell any difference in his care for his own little granddaughter and the orphans in his home.
His sickness was of several months duration and his suffering intense, but never a murmur nor complaint did he make. Always ready with a smile and extended hand to greet a friend even after speech was denied him.
He passed away beloved by friends and laden with good deeds. We believe that in his career, public or private, there can be found no act of intentional wrong. His life was like an open book and on its record rests his reputation as an honest man, a pure and upright citizen, a loving husband, kind and hospitable to all – obeying the golden rule – by doing unto others as he would have them do unto him.
What more could we say? Goodbye old friend. It is left with a higher power than ours if we ever meet again. May you reap the highest reward of an unknown. Providence, is the wish of all brothers and sisters in F. L. T. A.L.” Junction City Times [Oregon] April 20, 1895, pg. 5, col. 3.
Date calculated – newspaper issue was April 13, 1895, which would make the date of death as April 10, 1895, given the information in the news article.