Mary Elizabeth Stark

23 December 1866–31 March 1944 (Age 77)
Ripley, Indiana, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Stark was born on 23 December 1866, in Ripley, Indiana, United States, her father, James A Stark, was 27 and her mother, Hester Ann Ludwick, was 21. She married Willis Eugene Newton on 21 March 1888, in Newburg, Jasper, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Hickory Grove Township, Jasper, Iowa, United States for about 30 years and Newburg, Jasper, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 31 March 1944, in Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Prairie View Cemetery, Gilman, Marshall, Iowa, United States.

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Willis Eugene Newton
Mary Elizabeth Stark
Marriage: 21 March 1888
Leonard Elijah Newton
Bertha Florence Newton
Hester Lois Newton
Baby Newton

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21 March 1888
Newburg, Jasper, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.

Age 1

This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 1

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 24

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and English: from Middle English stark ‘firm’, ‘unyielding’, hence a nickname for a stern, determined, or physically strong person.2 German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a strong, bold person, from Middle High German stark(e), German stark ‘strong’, ‘brave’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Mary E Stark in household of James Stark, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary E Newton in household of Willis E Newton, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Mary E Newton in household of Willis Newton, "United States Census, 1900"

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