Mary Ann Starkweather

  • Mary Ann and John Starkweather married in 1839 and moved to a farm near Ypsilanti. John died in 1883, and the following year Mrs. Starkweather inherited a small fortune.

  • Mrs. Starkweather had no children and used her inheritance to make contributions to local charities, churches, and the City of Ypsilanti.

  • Over the years she gave the following: Hebe Fountain on South Huron Street, Starkweather Memorial Chapel at Highland Cemetery, Starkweather Hall on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, and, in 1890, she gave her North Huron Street home to the Ladies Library Association.