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Laurence Stanton STARNS

Male 1910 - 1953  (43 years)

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  • Name Laurence Stanton STARNS 
    Born 5 Oct 1910  Altus, Jackson County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Dec 1953  Anchorage, Anchorage County, AK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Myocardial infarction 
    Buried Altus Cemetery, Altus, Jackson County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, January 3, 1934, p. 11:


      Norman Man Says He Will Continue With Prices.

      Charge of violating the NRA price code will be lanched against Lawrence Starns, manager and owner of the Varsity Cleaners, Norman, Wednesday [January 3, 1934] if he refuses to raise his price to the code level, Jack Hicks, state administrator of the cleansers' code, said Tuesday night [January 2, 1934].

      Starns, cited to appear before a special committee here Tuesday, failed to show up. He said that he didn't received the committee's notice until 11 a.m. Tuesday and the meeting was at noon. A committee of three, headed by Hicks, visited Starns Tuesday afternoon and informed him that if his prices didn't conform Wednesday morning, the charge would be filed with the price and fair practices code division in Dallas.

      Declaring that he would be glad to meet with the committee at any time and give his reasons for his present prices, Starns added that he had no intention of changing his prices at present.

      "I'm trying to run my business in the best manner possible and will continue as I'm doing until I'm convinced that other methods are better," he said. Starns charged the regular code price of 65 cents on credit work, but cleans and presses a suit for 50 cents if paid in cash.

      (2) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, May 5, 1947, p. 25:

      Altus Man Living in Alaska Helps Kill Giant Bear

      ALTUS, May 4 [1934]--(Special)--Lawrence Starns, Altusan now living in Anchorage, Alaska, was a co-partner in the recent killing of a Brownie bear that ranks as one of the largest ever killed in Alaska.

      Home to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanton Starns, in Altus, Starns brought an April 12 issue of the Anchorage News back to back up his bear-hunt story.

      The News said the big Brownie shot by Starns and Jimmy Sumpter on April 6 is one of the largest ever brought down in Alaska because the wildlife service records verify that fact. The bear, which was estimated to be 30 years old, measured 10 feet, 5 inches from paw to paw, and 9 feet, 6 inches from nose to tail for an average of nearly 10 feet. The largest Brownie recorded in Alaska was taken at Kodiac and measured 11 feet, 8 inches.

      Starns and Sumpter, the News related, had guides on the hunt, but actually felled the bear themselves.

      (3) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, December 26, 1953, p. 25:


      ALTUS--Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tims chapel in Altus for Laurence S. Starns, former Altusan who died Saturday of a heart attack in Anchorage, Alaska. [Note by compiler: This obituary was printed on December 26, 1953, which was a Saturday. It is difficult to understand from this obituary which Saturday was the date of his death, and which Saturday was the date of his funeral. They probably could not have been the same Saturday, because of the time involved in sending his body from Anchorage, AK, where he died, to Altus, OK, where he was buried.]

      Burial will be in Altus.

      Born in Altus Oct. 5, 1910, Starns had his early education in Altus, graduating in 1932 from the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

      After operating a business in Norman for a few years he moved to Anchorage 12 years ago [in about 1941].

      Survivors are his wife and three daughters from Anchorage; his mother, Mrs. Stanton Starns of Altus; two sisters, Mrs. Lowell Austin of Denver and Mrs. Stanley Tilley, 4743 NW 16, Oklahoma City; and a brother, Bill Starns of Altus.

      (4) City of Altus Cemetery Burial Database <>:

      Deceased: STARNS, LAWERENCE
      Addition: 4TH
      Section: 1
      Space: E
      Plot: FULL
      Birthdate: 1910
      Deathdate: 1953
    Person ID I2771  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 

    Father Stanton STARNS,   b. 1 Jan 1878, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1949, Altus, Jackson County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Lou Ann GROSS,   b. 28 May 1882, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1976, Altus, Jackson County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 28 May 1907 
    Family ID F1903  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mildred Lehr LONGMIRE,   d. Aft 26 Dec 1953 
    Married 18 Oct 1933  First Methodis Episcopal Church, Sapulpa, Creek County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, October 8, 1933, p. 37:

      State Pair To Be Wed This Month

      Sapulpa Girl Will Marry Altus Man October 18, Live in Norman

      MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM POLK LONGMIRE, Sapulpa, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Mildren Lehr Longmire, to Laurence Stanton Starns of Altus.

      The wedding will be an event of October 18 [, 1933] at 7:30 p.m. in the First Methodist Episcopal church of Sapulpa. Rev. P. J. Conkwright, pastor of the First Baptist church of that city, will officiate.

      Miss Longmire attended Ward Belmont college and the University of Oklahoma, being a Pi Beta Phi at the latter school.

      Mr. Starns was graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he was a Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He has business interests in Norman and Weatherford. Following the ceremony, the couple will take a northern wedding trip and will be at home later in Norman.

      Attendants at the wedding will be Mrs. X. Jones, Tulsa, matron of honor; Miss Katherine Weeks, Tyler, Texas, maid of honor; Miss Virginia Bissell, Oklahoma City, Miss Elizabeth Willis, Sapulpa, and Miss Ruth Brizendin, Ponca City, bridesmaid; and Miss Caroline Landrith, flower girl.

      (2) The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK, October 19, 1933, p. 6:


      By Dixie Payne

      An out-of-town wedding of interest to state and city friends was that of Miss Mildred Lehr Longmire, only daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Polk Longmire, Sapulpa, to Laurence Stanton Starns jr., of Alva [sic], Wednesday night [October 18, 1933], in the First Methodist church of Sapulpa.

      The chrysanthemum and rose banked altar, glowing with cathedral candles, formed an attractive setting for the bridal group.

      Nuptial music furnished by Mrs. Guy L. Berry at the organ included "Meditation" of Thais, Humoresque and the Venetian Love Song, preceding the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin. During the ceremony, at which Rev. P. J. Conkwright of the First Baptist church in that city read the service, Mrs. Berry played softly "To a Wild Rose," (MacDowell) and closed with Mendelssohn's rececessional.

      The bride wore a clinging gown of sheer white velvet, her floating veil of tulle and rare lace caught up with orange blossoms. Pearls were her only ornaments and her shower was of lilies of the valley and orchids.

      She was attended by Mrs. Xelno Jones, matron of honor, Tulsa; Miss Catherine Weeks, Tyler, Texas, maid of honor; Miss Elizabeth Willis, Sapulpa; Miss Virginia Bissell, Oklahoma City; and Mrs. Gerald Brisendine, Ponca City, bridesmaids. Little Carolyn Landrith was flower girl.

      John Gilkerson, Claremore, served Mr. Starnes as best man; groomsmen were Hugh Harnett, Altus; James Lewis, William Polk Longmire, Sapulpa and Xelno Jones, Tulsa.

      Maids were constumed in long taffeta frocks, shading from coral to a deeper pink. Their hats were close fitting cloque style in the same color. Each carried nosegays built on white velvet. The maid of honor wore white taffeta with blue accessories and the matron of honor pink taffeta and matching shoes, hat and gloves.

      For traveling, Mrs. Starns donned a suit of eel gray with fox fur collar and all gray accessories.

      She received her education at Ward-Belmont college, Nashville, Tenn., and the University of Oklahoma, were she was affiliated with Pi Beta Phi. Mr. Starns also is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.

      Out-of-town guests at the wedding and later at the reception in the Longmire home were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bissell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Hill jr., Miss Elizabeth Connelly, Oklahoma City; Mr. and Mrs. H. Tom Kight, Claremore; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Cordell, Holdenville; Mr. and Mrs. Ned Poe, Tulsa; Mr. and Mrs. L. Starns, parents of the bridegroom and his sisters, Misses Willa and Frances Starns, and Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Austin, Alva [sic].

      After an extensive trip to northern and eastern points, Mr. and Mrs. Starns will be at home in Norman.
     1. Living
     2. Mary Lou STARNS  [natural]
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2019 19:38:14 
    Family ID F2004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart