The present efficient and popular mayor of Plymouth is Clifford W. Starrett, who is serving his third term. He has had a broad business experience and is one of the leading citizens of this town in trade, political and fraternal circles. He was born May 10, 1864, in Brooklyn, New York, a son of Sereno and Frances A. (Briggs) Starrett. The father was born in 1830 and passed away in 1871, while the mother's birth occurred in 1832 and her death in 1896.
The paternal grandfather at an early day was connected with the Hoe Printing Press Manufacturing Company and tradition has it that he was one of the developers of the original Hoe press. His death occurred very suddenly. The father, who always lived in Brooklyn, was connected with an ivory manufacturing concern throughout his entire business career. Of the Briggs family three came from England in the eighteenth century, one settling in New Jersey, one in the west and one in Sing Sing, New York, and it is from the last mentioned that Mrs. Starrett is descended. Three of her brothers took part in the Civil war: Captain James Henry Briggs, of the Tenth New York Infantry; Harrison Briggs; and Winfield Briggs, a drummer boy.
In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Sereno Starrett were six sons and one daughter, namely: Sereno Halsey, a resident of New Rochelle, New York; Irving, living in Brooklyn, New York, where he is engaged as a florist; Clifford W., of this review ; Howard Sherman, of Brooklyn; Roswell H., also a resident of Brooklyn, who is now serving as grand regent of the Royal Arcanum of the state of New York; Marcus, who died at the age of four years; and Louise, who passed away at the age of thirty-one years.
Clifford W. Starrett was educated in the public schools of Brooklyn and then entered the employ of a book-publishing concern. After remaining with that company for a time he worked as a messenger in Wall street, New York, and later served in the same capacity on the New York Produce Exchange. In 1884 he was employed by John S. Martin and Company, wholesale dealers in butter and cheese in New York city, and remained with them for twelve years. He then became connected with A. C. Dow, of Chicago and Plymouth, and for fifteen years was connected with that concern as departmental manager. In 1911 he embarked in the wholesale cheese business on his own account, doing a very thriving business.
Mr. Starrett was married in 1894 to Miss Maud Lester Skirving, a daughter of John and Mary (Lester) Skirving, the father being of Scotch extraction and the mother a native of Cambridge, England. The Lester family is descended from the old Leicester family, the name of Lester being a contraction of the original form. The father when a child accompanied his parents to Canada where the family remained for a time, later removing to New Orleans, where both parents died of yellow fever when he was very young, and he was reared by an aunt. He made his residence in Brooklyn, New York, where he was engaged in the cigar trade and where he remained until his death. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Starrett have been born two children: John Skirving, who is attending high school; and Edith, also a student.
Mr, Starrett is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Royal Arcanum, the Loyal Additional, the Order of Iroquois, of Buffalo, New York, and is a member of the Iroquois Club. Both he and his family are affiliated with the Episcopal church of Plymouth, to which by their attendance and influence they render valuable assistance.
Mr. Starrett has been an adherent of the republican party and has always taken a commendable interest in political affairs. He is one of the most aggressive citizens in Plymouth a city of which he is proud believing that the future holds in store for his town great prosperity and development. He is a man of fine presence, well built and energetic, always on the alert to render ever possible assistance toward the upbuilding of the city. Being a successful business man of broad experience he is especially qualified for the honorable office which he holds and is a valuable citizen in the community where he is universally respected.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL