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Star City Hall
10769 West State Street
PO Box 130
Star, ID 83669-0130
Church History and Records
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Star 1st, 2nd, 3rd Wards
484 S Main St
Star, ID 83669
Many of the original records of church units are in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at itsFamily History Centers. There is a 1948 Genealogical Report of the Star Branchin this collection.
First Church of Christ in Boise Valley.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed this book which contains some birth and death records of the First Church of Christ in Boise Valley. The film can be viewed at the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of its Family History Centers.
Society of Friends
Star Friends Church
439 N Star Rd
Star, ID 83669-5378
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah has microfilmed records of the Star Monthly Meetings Minutes(1899-1942) found in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon. The films are available for viewing in the Library in Salt Lake City or in any of itsFamily History Centers.
Star was one of the earliest towns in the Boise Valley. In 1863 a pioneer ditch was started by M.B. Palmer and later extended to the Middleton Mill. This irrigation ditch and its supply of water allowed the country between Star and Middleton to be settled early.
Ben F. Swalley was the first settler in 1863 drove his ox team and wagon onto 300 acres of land along the Boise River, a mile south of the present town. Soon others followed, homesteading the good farm land along the Boise River. The surrounding farms often catered to the needs of early travelers and miners providing them with food and lodging in Star, on their way to and from Boise and the mines in the Boise Basin.
Star began to grow, providing services to travelers and serving as a rural center for neighboring farmers and ranchers. In 1880, a post office was established in Star with Shepp Gray who was the first postmaster and proprietor of the general store. The settlement also had two blacksmith shops for "iron work" as well as the district school general storehouse, two churches, and half a score of residences. The first hotel was opened in 1888.
Copies of the following Star newspapers are found in the Idaho State Archives in Boise, Idaho:
Star courier 1919:2:21-1920:3:19 y
Star observer 1908:10:30
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