William Henry Stark was born on March 19, 1851, in San Augustine, Texas, to John Thomas and Martha Ann Skidmore Stark. W.H. Stark was the second oldest of his surviving eight brothers and sisters. At age two, W.H. Stark moved with his family to Burkeville, Texas, where, at age 10, he began working on the family farm. At age 12, during the Civil War, he led his mother and infant brother in a wagon to Camp Texas in Louisiana, where his father was stationed with the Confederate service. His mother became ill on the trip, died at Camp Texas, and was buried nearby. Stark and his brother returned to Newton, Texas, where he, his grandmother, and his sister cared for the remaining children. After the war ended, Stark’s father returned home to Texas and obtained a governmental mail contract. Stark helped his father deliver mail on his route between Burkeville, Texas and Orange, Texas. In 1870, at age 20, Stark moved to Orange, Texas, seeking employment in the one of the many sawmills. He first worked at R.B. Russell and Sons Sawmill “jacking” logs, which was the first step on his road to the presidency of the largest sawmill company in Texas. In addition to working the sawmill operations, Stark also operated the largest livery stable in Orange and began a lifetime role of taking a prominent part in the city’s affairs. On December 22, 1881, after a long courtship, Stark married Miriam Melissa Lutcher, the daughter of lumber tycoon Henry Jacob Lutcher. They had two children, Henry Jacob Lutcher Stark and Frances (Fannie) Ann Lutcher Stark. Henry Jacob (H.J.) Lutcher Stark went on to become a prominent businessman and philanthropist in the Orange, Texas, area. Frances Ann Stark died in young childhood. In 1912, after the death of Henry Jacob Lutcher, W.H. Stark became president of the Lutcher & Moore Lumber Company in Lutcher, Louisiana, and the Dilbert, Stark, and Brown Lumber Company in Donnor, Louisiana. In addition to his role in the lumber industry, W.H. Stark was either president or had financial interests in the following organizations: Orange Car and Steel Company, Orange Rice Mill, First National Bank, Sabine Packing Company, Orange Products Company, Sabine Supply Company, Orange Investment Company, Holland Hotel Company, Texas Creosoting Plant, Yellow Pine Papermill, Orange Cameron and Land Company, and more holdings in the region. Stark also served as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas from 1911-1915. Stark died on October 8, 1936, and was buried in the family mausoleum in Evergreen Cemetery, Orange, Texas.