Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
ANDREW STARK lives one and three-fourth
miles northwest of Waukon, where he owns three hundred and twenty acres
of choice wheat land and is devoting himself to its cultivation.
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on January 11, 1862, the son of John
and Margaret (Adamson) Stark, also natives of Scotland. The father
followed plastering and mining and came to the United States in 1871, settling
in Lincoln county where he died. The mother died while enroute to
Lincoln county. The children of the family are four girls and five
boys. Our subject's early life was spent in Scotland, where he attended
school until eleven years of age; then came a journey to England, where
he learned the plasterer's trade and also mining, following the former
five years and the latter seven years in England. When twenty-three
years of age he came to Calgary, Alberta, and spent two years at his trade.
On January 5, 1887, he came to Tyler, Spokane county and the following
March bought a farm of eighty acres, where he now resides. He has
added by purchase and is one of the prosperous and well-to-do men of the
county. In addition to farming, he has done considerable plastering
since coming here, having labored in various parts of the country.
At Spokane, on July 3, 1900, Mr. Stark married
Mrs. Nettie S. Dial, a native of Kansas. She came here with her former
husband in 1890. By that marriage, she had three children, Cecil
R., Elmer R. and Earl L. To Mr. and Mrs. Stark, two children have
been born, John F. and Alma D. Mrs. Stark's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Tutcher, reside in Kansas.
Mr. Stark has always taken a very lively interest
in educational matters and also in political affairs. He is a progressive
and public minded man, known as a thoroughly upright and substantial citizen.
He is a member of the Odd Fellows, while he and his wife belong to the
Presbyterian church. Mr. Stark has his farm well improved with fine
seven-room residence, barns, windmill, fences and all accoutrements necessary
for the operation of the estate. Mrs. Stark owns, in her own right,
one fourth section of land in addition to the estate above mentioned.