Perry Starr was the oldest son of Marshall Horace Starr and Mary Todd, parents of Floyd Starr. While Floyd was still in grade school, Perry had dropped out of high school, tried his hand at construction work with his father, farmed for awhile, and then married. The role of the farmer, however, held little appeal; instead he became intrigued by the multiple facets ofveterinary medicine. With unusual independence, he set off with his wife Ruth to study at the University of Texas. After a highly successful course of study he established a lucrative veterinary practice outside Ft. Worth.
Floyd had regarded the departure of Perry and his wife with mixed feelings. Relations between him and his brother had improved measurably over the recent years, but his feelings toward Ruth were less than cordial. Even before the marriage, she had made it plain that she considered her family superior to the Starr clan, and she maintained that attitude to her early death. Indeed, when Floyd finally got out to the Southwest, only Perry came into the city ofFt. Worth to visit him.
This was Ruth’s last snub of the Starr family, for she died suddenly within the year. After Perry brought his wife back to Michigan for burial, he lingered several months with his parents, met a congenial woman named Zona, and remarried “after a barely respectable time of mourning.”
Source: Keith Fennimore. Faith Made Visible: The History of Floyd Starr and His School. Albion, Michigan: Starr Commonwealth. 1988.