R. B. Starks

 

REV. R.B. STARKS, pastor of the Lutheran church at North Washington, was born in Mifflin county, Pennsylvania, January 17, 1842. He is a son of Robert P. and Margaret (Wills) Starks, natives of Mifflin county, of Scotch ancestry, and of the same lineage as Gen. John Stark, of Revolutionary fame. His father was a laborer, and had a brother who died while serving in the Mexican war. The subject of this sketch was educated at Selins Grove Missionary Institute, and was ordained in 1879. He commenced his ministry in Will County, Illinois, where he remained for two years, and then located at Elderton, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, where he was pastor of a Lutheran charge for four and a half years. In January, 1885, he became pastor of his present charge, which position he has occupied up to the present. Mr. Starks served in Company C, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, for nearly three years, being honorably discharged on May 29, 1865. He was wounded in the right thigh by a gun shot in front of Petersburg, for which he draws a pension from the government. His brother, Charles T., served in the same company, and died in the rebel prison at Salisbury, North Carolina. Mr. Starks was married May 12, 1880, to Jennie Kistner, who died July 27, 1882, leaving two sons: Benjamin K., born February 27, 1881, and Robert W., deceased. He was again married August 8, 1883, to Maggie Black, a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Crissman) Black, of Indiana county. Since becoming pastor of his present charge, Mr. Starks has done much towards its spiritual and material prosperity, and the congregation is now in a flourishing condition.

History of Butler County, 1895, page 1299

 

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