Harvey Walter Stark

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  • Name: Harvey Walter Stark
  • Location of Birth: St. Peter, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: May 7, 1875
  • Date of Death: January 4, 1928
  • Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Stark
  • High School and Class: St. Peter High School
  • College: Hamline University
    1896 - Gustavus Adolphus College
    University of Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: PVT (Private)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: September 28, 1899 (Military Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Served with the 13th Unit, Company A Minnesota Infantry Hospital Corps. He went to the Philippines and served with this regiment until mustered out.

    Harvey's registration card indicates that he was 43 years old when he registered. He was white, native born, his occupation was a lawyer in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Harvey was tall, his eyes were blue, hair was black, and he was medium built. His wife was Harriet A. Stark.

  • Wars Involved:
    Spanish-American War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Married to Harriet Alice Stark in 1901 at St. Peter, Minnesota.

    News article from Itasca County Independent Newspaper dated January 7, 1928:
    "Harvey W. Stark Passes Away
    Prominent Local Attorney Dies After Illness of Two Weeks of Spinal Meningitis
    Had Practiced Law Here For 18 Years
    Veteran of Spanish American War; Funeral at 2.30 Friday From Community Church

    Harvey W. Stark, prominent local attorney, died Wednesday night at a local hospital to which he had been removed from his home the previous day, after an illness of two weeks of what Dr. Spicer, specialist from Duluth diagnosed as spinal meningitis. Mr. Stark was taken ill two weeks before his death and the report was that he was suffering from threatened pneumonia. He rallied from this but after a few days became steadily worse, and Monday night the Duluth specialist was called in and he declared it to be spinal meningitis. A local physician disagreed, stating that it was his belief that the ailment was a disease akin to meningitis, but not infectious as is meningitis. Both the diseases, however, are, according to the understanding of this writer, infection of the membranes of the spinal cord following a period of inflammation of the membranes.

    Harvey W. Stark was born May 7, 1875 at St. Peter, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Stark. He attended the schools of St. Peter and graduated from the high school there. He went to Hamline university for one year and then attended Gustavus Adolphus college from which he graduated in 1896. He then commenced studying law at the University of Minnesota, but his attendance there was interrupted by the call for volunteers for the Spanish-American war. He served with the Thirteenth Minnesota until mustered out. He then again took up his studies at the University and was admitted to the bar in 1900. In 1901 he was married to Miss Harriett A. Bittner at St. Peter. He practiced law in McIntosh for one year and then moved to Crookston where he practiced law for five years, coming from there to Grand Rapids in 1909. Here he established a satisfactory practice and became recognized as a keen, shrewd, capable lawyer. Reviewing his career as a lawyer, his colleagues in the legal profession commented on the fact that they could always depend on what he agreed to do and that his word was as good as a bond.

    Mr. Stark is survived by Mrs. Stark and one daughter, Barbara, who is this year a teacher at Arlington, S.D. Miss Stark was spending the holiday vacation at her home and so was at home during the illness of her father and at the time of his death. Mr. Stark also leaves one brother, Dr. Charles G. Stark of Manilla, P.I. Dr. Arthur Bittner, a brother of Mrs. Stark, was here during the last hours of Mr. Stark's illness, and Ralph Bittner, another brother, came yesterday from Oaks, N.D. in time for the funeral. Mrs. H. J. Schmall of St. Peter, to whom Mr. Stark always referred as his sister, but who was not related, merely having been a member of the Stark, senior household from childhood, also survives.

    The funeral was held yesterday (Friday) at 2:30 from the Community church with Rev. Sherman W. Arends officiating. Mr. Stark never made anything of his service to his country in the Spanish-American war, taking that as a matter of course and while he did not belong to the local order of Spanish-American War Veterans, that organization attended the funeral in a body, and the American Legion had a color guard and firing squad from the American Legion attended, a salute being fired at the grave.

    This paper joins in extending condolences to those bereaved by the untimely death of Mr. Stark."

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-D-09-01)

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