Starr, Floyd Elliot, 1883-1980

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Floyd Starr was the founder and president of the Starr Commonwealth for Boys in Albion, Michigan. Born in Decatur, Michigan, on May 1, 1883, Starr graduated from Marshall High School, then worked for several years in a half-way house in St. Louis, Missouri. He returned to Michigan where he attended Albion College, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1910. He was employed for a brief time at the Bernarr McFadden's Healthatorium in Chicago. He then went to work at the Beulah Home for Boys. With a burden for delinquent, homeless, and neglected boys, Starr had hopes of establishing his own nonprofit home and residential school for these boys. In 1913, he was able to purchase forty acres of land on Montcalm Lake. From this beginning developed the Starr Commonwealth for Boys which Starr guided for more than fifty years as president. He retired from active administrative responsibilities in 1967, but continued to provide guidance until his death on August 27, 1980, at the age of 97.

From the guide to the Floyd Starr papers, 1933-1970, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Founder and president of the Starr Commonwealth for Boys in Albion, Michigan.

From the description of Floyd Starr papers, 1933-1970. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34418511

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Raymond Baxter and Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden papers Archives of American Art
creatorOf Starr, Floyd, 1883-1980. Floyd Starr papers, 1933-1970. Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Austin W. Curtis Papers, 1896-1971 Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Floyd Starr papers, 1933-1970 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, 1881-1959 Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Emerson R. Boyles papers, 1879-1911 and 1931-1960 Bentley Historical Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Boyles, Emerson R., 1881-1960 person
associatedWith Curtis, Austin W., 1911- person
associatedWith Dowden, Raymond Baxter, 1905-1982. person
associatedWith Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959 person
associatedWith Starr Commonwealth for Boys. corporateBody
associatedWith Starr Commonwealth for Boys (Albion, Mich.) corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Albion (Calhoun County, Mich.)
Albion (Calhoun County, Mich.)


Birth 1883

Death 1980



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SNAC ID: 8248924