This gentleman is a sturdy representative of the pioneers who have opened the reservation country for settlement and made it one of the finest portions of the state. At the present time Mr. Starner lives one and one half miles northeast from Lookout, where he owns a good farm and has devoted his attentions since filing on it to improvement and production of the fruits of the field.

Daniel S. Starner was born in Holmes County, Ohio, on October 18, 1848, being the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Byers) Starner, natives of Pennsylvania, and born on September 18, 1803, and December 6 1813, respectively. They died on December 13, 1882, and August 25, 1881, respectively.

Our subject grew to manhood and gained his education in his native place and always manifested skill with tools, early learning the carpenter trade. When twenty-three he went to Wisconsin, settling in Richland County for two years. Then came a move to Stevenson County, Illinois, and two years later he went to Crawford County, Wisconsin, where he wrought for five years.

In that place Mr. Starner married Miss Phoebe J., daughter of William and Isabelle Duell, natives of New York and Germany, respectively. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Starner, all deceased. In the spring of 1883 Mr. Starner migrated to Oregon and thence to Dayton, Washington. In this last place his brother John resided and was probate judge. For eight years Mr. Starner farmed in that vicinity and in 1891 went to Moscow. There and in the vicinity of Garfield he farmed until May 17, 1898, when he came to his present place. This has been the scene of his labors since that time. Mr. Starner also carried the mail from Beeman to Rosetta, continuing on to Lookout when Beeman was discontinued. Mr. Starner has two brothers and one sister, John A., a merchant at Freese, Idaho; Julia A. Bolley, in Mansfield, Ohio; Frederick, in Lynxville, Wisconsin.

Mr. Starner has been a member of the K. of P. for years. He is a Republican in politics, but is an independent thinker. Mr. Starner is a strong advocate of good schools, good roads and all general improvement, being a man of broad views and of public mind.

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Source: An Illustrated History of Northern Idaho, Embracing Nez Perce, Idaho, Latah, Kootenai and Shoshone Counties, Western Historical Publishing Company, 1903