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Stark Township was initially part of Leavenworth Township. In 1858, Luther Whiton, George Richard, Edwin and John Charnock, Seth Henshaw and John Blum all settled in the area of Stark Township. Stark organized on April 7, 1868 and was named after August Stark, a local German pioneer. The first township officers were Chairman John Moore, Supervisors Russell Ives and Joseph Hillesheim, Clerk Samuel Auger, Assessor John Wiggins, Treasurer G. Bickelhaupt, Justices of Peace Eli Benham and Jacob Duncan, and Constables A. Slocum and L. Birch.
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