Starkey, Ann McCarthy 1903

OBITUARY – Mrs. Frank (Anna McCarthy) Starkey
East Liverpool Tribune


The all absorbing topic of discussion in Chester is the death of Mrs. Frank Starkey which occurred Sunday (November 15, 1903) under sensational and mysterious circumstances. But few theories however are advanced as to the identity of the woman who administered the drug which accomplished its purpose in bringing about a criminal operation and which resulted in her death. It can be truthfully stated that deeds of this kind in this community have not been extremely rare.

As stated in yesterday’s Tribune Mrs. Starkey misrepresented her condition to Dr. Charles Campbell and her illness as a result was diagnosed at first as typhoid fever. A week ago when Dr. W. S. P. Donehoo was called into consultation, Mrs. Starkey was told that her condition was critical and that she had taken medicine for the purpose of causing a delicate operation. Thereupon she admitted that medicine had been given to her by a lady friend living in Chester. She positively refused to give the name of this party even after being told that she could not live.

It is believed by many that the facts of the case will be brought out in time, though this belief is not founded on anything tangible. It is known too by a few at least, that someone in Chester must be making a practice of ministering in cases like that of Mrs. Starkey. The Tribune obtained this information confidentially from a reliable source, but its informant does not know the name of the party or of any party guilty of such practice.

The funeral services of Mrs. Starkey will be held in Irondale today. The remains in charge of Undertaker McQullkin, accompanied by the sorrowing relatives and friends, were taken there yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Starkey was born in Irondale 32 years ago, her maiden name being Anna McCarthy. She was married to Frank Starkey 14 years ago, to which union were born the following children: Ethel, aged 13; John, who is 12; Bridget, 11 years old; Jennie, in her ninth, and Leonard, who is 6.

Mrs. Starkey was highly esteemed by those who knew her best. Her lot had not, it is thought, for various reasons, been a very pleasant one.