William Henry Stark was born in San Augustine, Texas, on March 19, 1851. He was the second oldest child of Martha Ann Skidmore and John Thomas Stark. When he was a young adult, W.H. moved to Orange to work in the growing lumber industry. W.H. was a successful businessman and soon owned several different businesses, including the largest livery stable in Orange.
On December 22, 1881, W.H. married Miriam Melissa Lutcher. They had two children. Their only daughter died when she was around two years old. Their son H.J. Lutcher Stark was born in 1887. In June 1893, W.H. purchased the property at the corner of Sixth and Green Avenue where he and his wife built the 14,000 square foot home that stands today.
When his father-in-law died in 1912, W.H. took his place as the president of the Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company. He also branched out into many other types of businesses. W.H. was always very active in the local community and helped to found the local Rotary Club. He also served on the University of Texas Board of Regents. W. H. Stark died on October 8, 1936, at age eighty-five.