The Missouri State Society of the Daughters of American Colonists (MSSDAC) has recognized Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. as a significant contributor to Missouri's history by awarding it an official bronze historical marker.

The Missouri State Society of the Daughters of American Colonists (MSSDAC) has recognized Stark Bro’s Nurseries & Orchards Co. as a significant contributor to Missouri's history by awarding it an official bronze historical marker.

The marker recognizes company founder James Hart Stark, his historic hand-built cabin (which was moved to Stark Bro's from Buffalo Township in 1953), the founding of the nursery in 1816 and the subsequent generations of the Stark family who have kept the company going since its inception.

A public dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon, June 3, in front of the 202-year-old Stark Cabin on Highway NN at West Georgia street. Speakers included Ann Keller, MSSDAC State Regent, and Jan Stevens, State Chair, Historical Landmarks and Memorials. 

Many local dignitaries and were in attendance, including Rep. Jim Hansen, Louisiana Mayor Marvin Brown, City Council Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Smith, as well as Mary Armstrong, the president of the National Society of the DAC, and a number of Stark Bro's officers and employees, who are also recognized on the marker.

Ken Lane, Stark Bro's Chief Marketing Officer, accepted the marker on behalf of the company.

“We recognize that we have an obligation to preserve and respect the integrity of the brand, the thousands of employees that got us this far, and the generations of Starks before us. This marker will serve as a daily reminder of that responsibility,” he said.

Historical significance and age are the main qualifying criteria for a marker; the historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic.

"This has some personal meaning for me," said MSSDAC State Regent Ann Keller. "My grandfather would do carpenter work at the old packing shed on Highway 54 in the fall, and I can still remember the huge apples he would get for me."

The marker will serve as not only a reminder of the past and the nursery's origins, but will educate visitors to the area. 

For more information about Stark Bro's Nurseries & Orchards Co., please visit starkbros.com.