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Byron Eugene STARNS, Sr.

Male 1912 - 1956  (44 years)

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  • Name Byron Eugene STARNS 
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 20 Jan 1912  Hobart, Kiowa County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Social Security No. 447-03-2736 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 23 Oct 1956  Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Forest Meadows Memorial Park, Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Byron STARNES is listed in a household headed by his father, Colonel O. STARNES, in the 1920 census of Hobart, Kiowa County, OK at 401 South Jefferson Street. [The compiler believes that Colonel O. STARNES was Colonel Andrew STARNS.]

      According to the 1920 census, Byron was then 7 years of age; therefore, according to the 1920 census, he was born in about 1913. According to the 1920 census, he was born in OK. [The compiler believes that Byron was Byron Eugene STARNS.]

      (2) Following are copies of newspaper articles regarding athletic activities of Byron STARNS. The names of the newspapers in which the articles appeared, and the dates of the articles, are unknown. However, most of the articles probably appeared in an Oklahoma City, OK newspaper.

      Starnes [sic]!

      Little Substitute Forward Saves Central's Bacon.

      JOHNNY SOERGEL, Central high's scoring ace, is in bed with the flu and the Cards missed him Thursday night.

      It was due to the excellent basket shooting of Starnes [sic], a midget substitute forward, who filled Soergel's place, that the Oklahoma City five was able to get into the second round. Starnes hit three buckets in the final minute of play.

      * * *

      Hair Mussed - Starnes [sic] Scores

      Byron Starns got his hair mussed up!

      It happened in the Elmore City-Central game during the state tournament, when a lanky forward on the rival team stepped in Byron's face.

      That proved a strain on the little Card's good nature. Byron, with his slick hair disheveled, went wild; hitting baskets coming and going. He scored half of Central's points. The team was praying for the same incident to happen in the Tulsa tilt, but someone must have given the oilers a tip, and, except when one Brave tried to push out Starns' front teeth, he was left strictly alone.

      "In each of our forthcoming games may our 'patent leather kid's' hair be mussed up," is the Cardinal team's latest petition to the luck god of athletics.

      * * *

      City Athletes to California

      Bus Boggs and Byron Starnes [sic] Attend Western School

      Bus Boggs and Byron Starnes [sic], two of Central High School's star athletes, will leave early Thursday to enter the University of California.

      Boggs has been a star on the Cardinal football team for three years. He is an elusive, speedy backfield man. Starnes [sic] was a member of the Central basketball squad which attended the national tournament week before last.

      Both are promising prospects in their respective sport.

      * * *


      Mortensen's Crew Leads California Through First Half


      A junior college basketball team with its nose pointed toward big things began a voyage that will take it through a series of, hard games by holding the fast University of California 145-pound team to a 23-23 tie. Jaysee lost the five-minute playoff, the final reckoning being 29-25.

      Riverside looked good all the way through, playing fast and hard. A few times the boys missed setups that should have been sure points but Califorina did the same thing to even it up. The "Cal" visitors have profited from a barnstorming tour that has kept' them in good shape and developed their teamwork, while for, the Junior college, this was practically the first game that has amounted to anything. Yes, they look good.

      Coach Mortensen used Keich and Starns as forwards through a good share of the game, slipping in "Pop" Meyerson and Krinard a couple of times. Both combinations worked well. The only other Riverside substitution was Needham for Shockley at center near the end of the game. Add Arbelbide and South as guards and you have the lineup.

      Good Shot

      Starns, the newcomer to the squad from Oklahoma, made good, doing some of the prettiest shooting since Hess Pierce used to drop them in from freakish angles. Starns has a high arching shot that he can use from quite a distance from the basket--a good trait to have handy in. the last few minutes. Starns needs a little more practice to get in shape but after that, he will be a "find."

      The half ended with the score 15-11 in favor of Riverside, the Tigers having a decided edge in the second quarter, holding "Cal" scoreless for that short period.

      The crowd got a great kick out of the game and those who went will go to see the Junior college play again. South and Arbelbide, who made such a hit on the football field through their fine playing, show possibilities of winning more glory on the basketball field. They played well last night.

      The California team defeated Santa Ana Junior college 34-19 last night, so things are looking up for Riverside.

      * * *

      O.U. Has Two Shots at Fourball Tourney

      Accent Still Is on Youth

      By STAN PATE

      Oklahoma City's spring-long golfing derby - the sixth annual fourball tournament - goes to the post in the quarterfinal round Sunday at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country club, and a couple of youthful combines which have served as front runners in the four previous rounds will settle part of the stretch drive in a hurry.

      The feature attraction on the card of four topnotch matches will send the two youngest outfits in the field against each other when Deen Wood and Jimmy Samis tangle with Bo Wininger and Byron Starns.

      Championship matches will parade to the barrier starting at 2 p.m., with consolation matches scheduled to hear the starter's bugle at 3 p.m.

      Strong Every Week

      Ever since the tournament opened Wood and Samis, a pair of Classen highschool youths whose combined age is only 34 years, have played spectacularly ripping par to shreds on public courses. The move to their home layout should make them even more formidable.

      Wood has been clocked in 67 over the par 71 layout, and last summer led state qualifying for the national amateur tournament.

      Wininger and Starns hail from Norman, the former a student at the University of Oklahoma, and the latter a book store executive and one-time Central highschool basketball star.

      Wininger, whose home is Guthrie, was a highschool hotshot two years ago and some railbirds consider him as fine an individual golfer as the field boasts. . . .

      [Note by compiler: Francis "Bo" Wininger later became a professional golfer.]

      (3) U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database online], Provo, UT:, Inc., 2005:

      Name: Byron E Starns
      Birth Year: 1912
      Race: White, citizen
      Nativity State or Country: Oklahoma
      State: Oklahoma
      County or City: Cleveland
      Enlistment Date: 11 Jun 1942
      Enlistment State: Oklahoma
      Enlistment City: Oklahoma City
      Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
      Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
      Grade: Private
      Grade Code: Private
      Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
      Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
      Source: Civil Life
      Education: 3 years of high school
      Civil Occupation: Bandsman, Oboe or Parts Clerk, Automobile
      Marital Status: Married
      Height: 70
      Weight: 207

      (4) Florida Death Index, 1877-1998 [database online], Provo, UT: Operations Inc, 2004:

      Name: Byron E Starns
      Death Date: Oct 1956
      County of Death: Alachua
      State of Death: Florida
      Race: White
      Gender: Male

      (5) Social Security Death Index:

      Name: Byron Starns
      SSN: 447-03-2736
      Born: 20 Jan 1912
      Died: Oct 1956
      State (Year) SSN issued: Oklahoma (Before 1951)
    Person ID I2739  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2020 

    Father Colonel Andrew STARNS,   b. 11 Sep 1873, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1941, St. Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ida Lynda GROSS,   b. 7 Jan 1880, Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1956, Gainesville, Alachua County, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 10 Oct 1897  Birchwood, James [now Hamilton] County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 9 Jul 1934  Norman, Cleveland County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) On June 11, 1934, Mrs. C. A. STARNS ("Ida"), as plaintiff, filed a petition for divorce from her husband, C. A. STARNS ("C. A."), as defendant, in the District Court of Cleveland County, OK, under case no. 12370. The law firm of Muldrow and Keller represented Ida, and C. A. represented himself, in the divorce proceeding.

      On June 11, 1934, the court entered a temporary restraining order against C. A., "restraining and enjoining the defendant from or in any manner interferring [sic] with the care and custory of the children or with the plaintiff, or from going to the house of the plaintiff and causing any annoyance or disturbance."

      On July 7, 1934, Ida filed an amended petition for divorce from C. A., in which she alleged:

      "That she is a resident in good faith of Cleveland County, State of Oklahoma, and has been for more than one year next preceeding [sic] the filing of this petition.

      "That the plaintiff and the defendant wars duly and legally married at Birchwood, Tennesaee, on the 10th day of October, 1897, and have since continued to be husband and wife.

      "That of this marriage seven children have been born to the plaintiff and defendant, viz; Rena [sic], age thirty-one, Melvin, age twenty-eight, Wilma, age twenty-six, Maurine, age twenty-four, Byron, age twenty-two, Lucile, age twenty, and Jeanett [sic], age sixteen. That Jeanett is in the care and custody of the plaintiff. [Note by compiler: Two other children, Earl and Glennie, were born of the marriage but died young.]

      "That the defendant has been guilty of extreme cruelty toward the plaintiff in that he has continually nagged at and abused her; that he has continually found fault with her and with practically everything that she has done; that on one occasion the defendant slapped and choked the plaintiff. That by reason of the facts hereinbefore set forth, defendant has made the life of the plaintiff unbearable; that he has kept her in constant mental strain and worry; that her health has been endangered; that she cannot continue to live with him as his wife,

      "Plaintiff further states that she and the defendant have a limited amount of personal property accumulated during their married life; that said. property briefly described is as follows:

      "Household and kitchen furniture.

      "Plaintiff prays that the court make an order awarding her the said personal property as part of the relief prayed for in this petition.

      "That the plaintiff is a fit and proper person to have the care and custody of the said minor child of the parties hereto, and that the care and custody of the child should be awarded to the plaintiff; that the plaintiff is entitled to an order of this court restraining and enjoining said defendant from in any way interferring with her or molesting her, and from interferring with her custody of the said child.

      "Plaintiff further states that she has always conducted herself toward the defendant as a true and faithful wife, and has given him no just cause or provocation for his extreme cruelty toward her as above set forth."

      On July 9, 1934, the court entered a decree of divorce which provides in part as follows:

      "The court, having heard the oral testimony of witnesses, sworn and examined in open court, and being fully advised of the premises, and on consideration thereof, finds that all the material allegations alleged in the plaintiff's petition are true, and that the plaintiff is entitled to an absolute decree of divorce from the defendant, by reason of the extreme cruelty of the defendant toward the plaintiff.

      "And the court finds that the plaintiff is without fault and that by reason of the acts of the defendant, and the fault of the degendant, plaintiff is entitled to a decree of divorce as prayed for. It is therefore, Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that the plaintiff be and she is hereby granted an absolute decree of divorce from the defendant.

      "The court further finds that the plaintiff is a fit and proper person to have the custody end control of the minor child of the parties hereto, namely, Jeanett [sic] age 16 years. It is therefore Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that the plaintiff be and she is hereby granted the absolute care and custody of the said child during her minority, and that the defendant have the right to visit said child at the home of the plaintiff at reasonable times, such visitations to in no way interfere with the custody and control of said child by the plaintiff.

      "It is further Ordered, Adjudged and decreed that the said plaintiff have and possess as and for alimony the household furniture, and the kitchen furniture; and the defendant is hereby ordered to convey the said property to the plaintiff, and it is further ordered that upon the failure of said defendant to execute said conveyance within five days from the date hereof, that this decree shall operate as such conveyance.

      "It is further Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed by the court that this decree does not become erfective until the expiration of six months from this date."
    Family ID F742  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda THOMPSON,   b. 25 Mar 1920, Hancock County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 2011, Episcopal Church Home of Minnesota, St Paul, Ramsey County, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1941  Kingfisher County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
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    Last Modified 29 May 2020 
    Family ID F1899  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Oklahoma CountyMarriages, 1891-1959: Name: B E Starns Titles & Terms: Event: Marriage Event Date: 23 Sep 1941 Event Place: Kingfisher, Oklahoma Age: 29 Race: Birth Date: Estimated Birth Year: 1912 Marriage License or Bond Date: Place of Marriage License or Bond: Kingfisher, Oklahoma Father: Father's Titles & Terms: Mother: Mother's Titles & Terms: Spouse: Matilda Thompson Spouse's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Age: 21 Spouse's Race: Spouse's Birth Date: Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: 1920 Spouse's Father: Spouse's Father's Titles & Terms: Spouse's Mother: Spouse's Mother's Titles & Terms: Reference Number: Film Number: 2383698 Digital Folder Number: 4532589 Image Number: 00116.