(December 2, 1873 - February 22, 1921)
Henry Starr was a relative (through marriage) of the more famous Belle Starr. Part Cherokee indian, he began his life as a cowboy, progressed to horse stealing and robbing stores. After being tracked down by two detectives in 1892, Henry Starr killed one, Floyd Wilson. He formed a gang, of sorts and continued on his wayward path which now included banks and trains. In 1893, he was arrested in Colorado Springs, CO and returned to Oklahoma.
Through a series of judicial retrials, Henry was final sentenced to fifteen years. He was pardoned in 1903. He fled when Arkansas requested his extradition for a robbery there. Another robbery, another arrest and another prison term was the course for Henry. On his release in 1913, more robberies, but no capture. Then, while attempting to rob two banks simultaneously in Stroud, OK in 1915, he was wounded. Henry pleaded guilty, served some time and was released in 1919.
Henry then purchased an interest in a motion picture studio and made a movie about the twin bank robbery attempt in Stroud. He fell into debt and on February 18, 1921, he was fatally wounded trying to rob a bank in Harrison, Arkansas.
For more information on Henry Starr go to this fine web page.
Henry Starr is buried in the Dewey Cemetery north of Dewey Oklahoma on the east side of Hwy 75. There is no marker, but he is buried next to headstone labeled as 'Baby Star' (sic).
Information compiled by Steve Grimm
Drawing by Richard Florence
Books About Henry Starr
Henry Starr: Last of the Real Badmen by Glenn Shirley
Although the title is more characteristic of a dime novel, this is a good book with reliable information.