Teenage Miriam moved to the western frontier town of Orange in 1877. 17 years later, she and her husband William built her dream house based on the mansions in her hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Raised on a country farm in deep East Texas, William had worked hard to achieve his dream of giving his family a comfortable life. The couple moved into the house in late 1894 with their 7 year-old son Lutcher Stark. They spent the next 40 years making the house their home.