Hon. James H. Stark

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James Hart Stark, Sr.

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Birthplace: Hutchinson, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Calumet, Pike County, Missouri, United States
Place of Burial: Stark Cemetery, Calumet, Pike, Missouri, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Stark and Susanna "Sukey" Stark
Husband of Jane W. Stark
Father of William Stark; Lewis Washington Stark and Mary S. Carroll

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About James Hart Stark, Sr.

James Hart Stark (July 30, 1792 – May 22, 1873) was an American businessman, horticulturalist, judge, politician, surveyor, and founder of Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company, the marketers of the Red Delicious and the Golden Delicious apple.

Stark was born in Hutchison, Kentucky, to Susanna (née Hart) and Capt. James Stark of Virginia, who served under General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. The Starks are said to be originally from Glasgow, Scotland.

After serving in the War of 1812, Stark moved from Kentucky to Louisiana, Missouri in 1816. With him, he brought a bundle of apple cutting from his father's orchard and grafted them on local crab-apple trees. From this he began his nursery business. He bought the rights to the Red Delicious apple in 1893.

In 1914, the Stark Golden Delicious apple was discovered and developed. The original tree was found on the Mullins' family farm in Clay County, West Virginia and was locally known as Mullin's Yellow Seedling and Annit apple. Anderson Mullins sold the tree and propagation rights to Stark Brothers Nurseries, which first marketed it as a companion to their Red Delicious in 1914.

Sources

  1. http://www.starkbros.com/our-company/our-story
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stark_Brothers_Nurseries_and_Orchards
  3. http://www.sil.si.edu/SILPublications/seeds/starkjames-h.html
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Hon. James H. Stark's Timeline

1792
July 30, 1792
Hutchinson, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
1826
January 14, 1826
Age 33
Pike County, Missouri, United States
1827
1827
Age 34
1835
1835
Age 42
1873
May 22, 1873
Age 80
Calumet, Pike County, Missouri, United States
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Calumet, Pike, Missouri, USA