Notes on Roy F. Starcher

Roy F. Starcher was born September 5, 1899, the son of Mary E. Smith Starcher and Thomas J. Starcher. An image of his birth record is available online AT THIS LINK (Note: There is an apparent error in transcription of his name, as he is listed as "Ray" instead as Roy in the database at the West Virginia Vital Records archive).

He married Mina Workman in Barberton Ohio April 2, 1920. He died in Barberton May 17, 1964. Mina remarried to Elba Whytsell about 1969. She died May 10, 1974.

The 1900 Calhoun County Federal Census lists Charles W. Starcher living at home with parents Thomas and Mary E.
Thomas...Head...WM...Dec 20 yrs...Farmer...WV WV WV
Mary E...Wife...WF...Sep 1863...36...8/7...WV WV WV
Estella...Dau...WF...May 1881...19...Seamstress...WV WV WV
Charles W...Son...WM...Mar 1883...17...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Allen B...Son...WM...Jul 1885...14...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Fred A...Son...WM...Jan 1889...11...Farm Laborer...WV WV WV
Carl C...Son...WM...Sep 1891...8...WV WV WV
Leona M...Dau...WF...Jul 1896...3...WV WV WV
Roy F...Son...WM...Sep 1899...8/12...WV WV WV
The 1910 Federal census for this family (accessed on the subscription service lists...
Thomas J. Starcher head age 48
Mary E. Starcher wife age 47
Fred A. Starcher son age 20
Carl Starcher son age 18
Leona M. Starcher daughter age 13
Roy F. Starcher son age 10
Viola G. Starcher daughter age 4

Roy Starcher
from the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar

The question arises, "How was this family dispersed between the 1900 census and the 1920 census?"

The head of this household, Thomas J. Starcher, died in 1913 of typhoid fever.

Estalla Starcher moved to Barberton Ohio about 1909. .

Charles W. Starcher married Bessie E. Workman in 1910, and was living with his family in Calhoun County WV.

Allen B. Starcher married Icie Duvall in 1904 and was living with his family in Calhoun County WV.

Fred A. Starcher married Ruth L. Workman in 1910 and was in living in Norton Ohio, near Barberton, at the time of the 1920 census. The 1920 Barberton Ohio census record indicates that Fred's daughter Mildred, age 5 in 1920, was born in West Virginia. Thus, it seems that Fred moved to the environs of Barberton after 1915 and before 1920.

This leaves Mary the mother, and children Carl, Leona, Roy, and Viola unaccounted for.

The 1920 Federal census for Lee District, Calhoun County WV, available at the subscription service indicates...
Carl Starcher, head, age 28
Orpha Starcher, wife, age 22
Mary Starcher, mother, widow, age 56
Viola Starcher, sister, age 14
This leaves Leona and Roy unaccounted for.

It would appear that Roy and Leona moved to Barberton about 1915 or so, roughly the same time as Fred. Postcards mailed to Leona Starcher in 1915 and 1917 are addressed to 160 Walnut St., Barberton Ohio. This is the same address as a postcard mailed to Roy Starcher in 1916, reproduced to the right.

hellow old friend
how are You I
am felling tough
I wish you was
out here we
would have a good
time I was at a
sernade Sunday
night We had
a good time

(continued at the top margin and down the right side)

answer soon from your friend

(One can only speculate at to the identity of "R.M." This writer's guess is that it was either Ralph or Rex Maffett, both the same age as Roy, and neighbors on Daniels Run.

In 1920 we find Roy F. Starcher living as a boarder in the home of Homer McCune, working in a rubber factory, in Barberton Ohio. He married Homer's sister-in-law Mina Workman April 2, 1920.

Homer McCune was the husband of Ester Workman McCune. They were married November 10, 1910 in Gilmer County WV. Homer was 26 and Ester was 21. An image of their marriage record is available AT THIS LINK.

Of note, the record of this marriage is recorded on the line adjacent to the record of the marriage of Fred Starcher, (Roy's brother) and Ruth Workman, married the same day November 10, 1910, both marriages having been performed by the same minister, C.R. Riddle. Fred was 21, Ruth was 17.

Of further note, marriage records available online AT THIS LINK document the marriage of Roy's brother Charley Starcher to Bessie E. Workman in Gilmer County WV on February 17, 1910. Charley was 26, Bessie was 21.

Thus, we have three brothers having married three Workman sisters. See the Sarah E. Everson Workman and Jonathan S. "Semore" Workman page AT THIS LINK.

This writer believes all this is evidence that Homer McCune was well known to Roy Starcher. Homer was the brother in law of two of Roy's brothers. One may speculate that Roy and Mina were a "couple" in 1920. Roy and his sister Leona apparently went to Barberton after about 1915 or so. They lived at the same address for a time. Leona married Thomas Anderson and was living with him in 1920. In 1920, Roy was living with Homer McCune, had a job in a rubber factory (that info listed on the census record depicted below, but cut off in this particular image). He was living in the same household as his future wife Mina in 1920.

1920 Federal census, Barberton, Summit County Ohio

This photograph was found in the personal effects of Roy's sister Viola Starcher Cogar. The reverse of the photo is labeled:
1 = Lester Powers
2 = Rosco Otby
3 = Othie Bridwell
4 = Earl Powers
5 = Roy Starcher

The photograph reproduced to the right was found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar. The back is labeled

"Evlyn and Jaunita
Freds & Roys baby."

These children are presumably Evelyn Starcher Williams, daughter of Fred A. Starcher, and Juanita Starcher Millhoff, daughter of Roy F. Starcher. They were cousins, living in Barberton Ohio.

The 1930 Federal census record for Barberton Ohio records...

Roy F. Starcher, head, age 30 (married age 20, his occupation listed as a fireman on a steam railroad)
Mina M. Starcher, wife, age 32 (married age 23)
Wanita, daughter, age 9
Glen E., son, age 7
Harold C., son, age 6
Arthur R., son, age 2 5/12
Roy Jr, son, age 4/12
Charles W. Starcher, brother, age 48 (occupation given as "insulator factory")

Of note, Charles W. Starcher is also listed in the 1920 census at his home in Calhoun County WV. One might speculate that he was traveling back and forth, working in Ohio, to support his family in Calhoun.

Ohio death records at the subscription site include a record of a death for...
Name: Roy F Starcher
Birth Date: Est. 1900
Residence City: Barberton
Residence County: Summit
Residence state: Ohio
Residence Country: United States
Death Date: 17 May 1964
City of Death: Barberton
Certificate: 38318
Age at Death: 64
Certifier: Physician

Obituary of Roy F. Starcher, found as a newspaper clipping in a scrapbook maintained by Viola Starcher Cogar: This obituary is believed to have been taken from an Akron area newspaper.
Roy F. Starcher, 64 years, 1415 Noble St., passed away Sunday. Survived by wife Mina; four sons, Glenn, Harold, Arthur, and Dale; one daughter Mrs. Juanita Millhoff; 27 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two foster daughters, Mrs Nancy Wones, Mrs Betty Perry, and one sister, Mrs. Viola Cogar; two brothers, Fred and Allen Starcher. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Campfield-Hickman Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Gray officiating. Burial Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends may call the the funeral home after 7 p.m. Monday.
Another obituary found in the scrapbook, this notice apparantly taken from the Calhoun Chronicle:
Roy F. Starcher, 64, of Barberton died May 17 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born on Daniels Run, Calhoun County, Sept 5, 1899, son of the late T.J. and Mary E. Smith Starcher. He was married to Mina Workman April 2, 1920.

Survivors include his widow; a daughter Juanita Millhoff of Akron; four sons, Glenn and Harold of Barberton, Arthur of Wadsworth, and Dale Jackson of Ashvile, Ohio; two brothers, Fred Starcher of Barberton and Allen B. Starcher of Millstone; one sister, Mrs. Viola Cogr of Lockney; and 20 grandchildren. His parents, one son, Roy F., four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Burial was in Greenlawn cemetery.
Obituary of Glenn E. Starcher
Glenn E. Starcher, 86, of Barberton, passed away Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at Altercare of Wadsworth.

He was born July 26, 1922 in Barberton, Ohio to Roy and Mina Starcher.

Glenn proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a staff sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, 395th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, earning a Bronze Star in the Battle of the Bulge. Glenn retired in 1983 from the Akron and Barberton Belt Railroad Co. Barberton, Ohio.

He was preceded by his parents; sister, Juanita Millhoff; brothers, Arthur and Harold Starcher; his great-grandson, Christopher Shawn Wise and his special friend and companion, Edna Belton. Survived by his daughters, Diana Lynn Dowell of Beaver, W. Va.; Suzanne (Ed) Murphy of Pine City, N.Y.; sons, Robert (Nanci) Starcher of Maryville, Tenn., James (Sue) Starcher of North Las Vegas, Nev., David (Jana) Starcher of Berkey, Ohio. Glenn is also survived by his special daughter, Patty Belton of Wadsworth, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Dale "Jack" (Pat) Starcher of Bucyrus, Ohio and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton 44203 with Rev. Ann Chaffman officiating. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the Kenmore American Legion #449. Visitation Monday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The following is an obituary of June E. Perry Long, from the website Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice || Tri-Counties Newspaper Clippings

It would appear that June E. Perry was married to Glenn Starcher.

Of Massillon, OH, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on Wednesday, January 23, 2008, in Pine City, NY. She was born June 2, 1925 in Moundsville, WV, to Alfred and Hazel Perry.

Predeceased by her husband, Bob Long; her parents; her brothers, Philip and Charles Perry; and her great-grandson, Christopher Shawn Wise.

June is survived by her daughter, Diana Lynn Dowell of Beaver, West Virginia; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Ed Murphy of Pine City, New York; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Nanci Starcher of Maryville, Tennessee, James and Sue Starcher of North Las Vegas, Nevada, David and Jana Starcher of Berkey, Ohio; stepchildren, Nancy and Steve Biffle of Columbus, Ohio and David Long of Lake Milton, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Al and Nancy Perry of Doylestown, Ohio; sisters, Jerrie Whitehead of Doylestown, Ohio, and Judy Baughman of Clinton, Ohio; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Vernon Thompson of Clinton, Ohio, Pauline and Frank Miller of Akron, Ohio, Alyce and Gary Slabaugh of Beverly Hills, Florida, and Susan and Bud Bender of Wooster, Ohio; 18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

June retired from the Hilliard Corporation, Elmira, New York.

Family and friends are invited to call at Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 Pennsylvania Ave., Elmira, NY, on Sunday, January 27, 2008, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with Funeral Service held Monday at 11:00 a.m. in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 314 W. Church St., Elmira, NY 14901. Those wishing may make memorials to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care in June's memory. Published in the Star-Gazette on 1/26/2008.

Of note, there is no mention in the obituary of Glenn Starcher of infant brother Roy Jr. A listing of names of those buried at the Mt Zion Cemetery at the Mt Zion Methodist Church, Mt Zion WV, can be found AT THIS LINK, and includes...
Roy F. Starcher, Jr. - 1929 - 1930

A death certificate, image available AT THIS LINK, provides evidence that this is the grave of Roy F. Starcher, infant son of Roy and Mina Workman Starcher, born in Barberton Ohio.

Several years after Roy's death, his wife Mina Workman Starcher remarried to Elba Whytsell in 1969 at age 72. A newspaper clipping found in the scrapbook of Viola Starcher Cogar was apparantly taken from the Calhoun Chronicle from April 3, 1969, and is noted in passing, reproduced to the right:

50-Year-Old Romance Ends In Marriage

A 50-year-old romance of a former Calhoun county man has ended in marriage of Elba Whytsell of Shreve in Wayne county, Ohio and Mrs. Mina Starcher of Copley. Ohio. They were married recently in the Norton Church of the Nazarene. Both are age 72.

In a story in the Akron Beacon-Journal, the romance is reported to have started in Barberton in 1917, when the young couple began dating. After Whytsell returned from World War I they became engaged, but he came back to West Virginia to take a lumber job and the pair drifted apart.

She married in 1920, and he in 1922 and both raised five children, and both lost their mates in recent years by death. Recently they got together to talk ever old times, and a week later he proposed and she consented. Now after more than 50 years they are finally wed to each other.

Elba Whytsell was born June 1897, the son of Simon and Alabama Booher Whytsell. Alabama Booher was the daughter of John J. and Sarah Starcher Booher. John J. Booher was the brother of Aseneth Booher Norman, the grandmother of Roy F. Starcher. Thus, Roy Starcher and Elba Whytsell were second cousins.

A photograph of Elba Whytsell is available at the HurHerald AT THIS LINK.

A selected family tree of Roy F. Starcher is available AT THIS LINK.


Tri-Counties Genealogy & History by Joyce M. Tice || Tri-Counties Newspaper Clippings

Linda Cunningham Fluharty Website
       Calhoun County WVGenWeb, maintained by Linda Cunningham Fluharty
              1900 Calhoun County Federal Census
              MT. ZION CEMETERY

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
       Vital Research Records

Personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar

The HurHerald, edited by Bob Weaver

Work in progress

Back to the front page