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Obituary as originally published in the Claremore [OK] Progress and reprinted in the Chronicles;
"Emmet Starr was born December 12, 1870, in Going Snake District, Cherokee Nation, or in what is now Adair County,Oklahoma.His parents were Walter Adair and Ruth A. (Thornton) Starr, the former born at Cane Hill, Arkansas, and the latter near Webber's Falls, Oklahoma.They were both members by birthright of the Cherokee Nation.The name Starr is of Irish origin, and Doctor Starr's great-grandfather, Caleb Starr, was a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was a Pennsylvania Quaker, and early in life went south and married into the Cherokee Indian Tribe. Doctor Starr's mother was a descendant through her father from the Virginia Thorntons of English lineage, and on her mother's side was also of Cherokee stock.The forebears of Doctor Starr came to what is now Eastern Oklahoma prior to the year 1831.He is the oldest in a family of five children, and the other four were: George Colbert Starr, who while in discharge of his duties as a deputy sheriff was killed by a bootlegger or whiskey peddler on September 20, 1912; Mary B. Starr, wife of Dr. Wade H. Vann, formerly of Porum but now of Cement, Oklahoma; Miss Lettie B., who lives with her brother Doctor Starr; and Joseph M. the mother of these children died
when the youngest of them was about six years of age.The father married for his second wife Ella Christie of Christie, Adair County, and she became the mother of two children named Jennie and Caleb L. Starr.
In 1871 Doctor Starr's parents removed to what is now Rogers County, Oklahoma, and he grew up in that locality on a farm.His father was a very prominent man in the Cherokee Nation, and for fourteen years held the position of district judge, and was still on the bench when the national government of the Cherokees was dissolved.Doctor Starr was graduated June 28, 1888, from the Cherokee Male Seminary [now Northeastern Oklahoma State University]at Tahlequah, and in 1891 took his degree in medicine from the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis.
He practiced medicine first at Chelsea and then at Skiatook, but after five years of successful work in his profession abandoned it in order to devote his time to his great work as a Cherokee genealogist and historian.On August 5, 1901, Doctor Starr was elected from the Cooweescoowee District to the Cherokee
National Council, and he served in that body with credit for two years one term.That was the last but one of the councils of the Cherokee Nation.In politics Doctor Starr was a democrat, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.He was a master mason.
Mr. Harper stated in his tribute quoted above that " To this quiet, studious and painstaking fellow there was more satisfaction in the knowing than in the doing of things.Pouring over `quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore,' was his joy in life and absolute accuracy was his motto."