1870 census: living in Lynchburg
1875-76 LCD: master machinist for AM&O Railroad, res. 500 block of Main Street
1880 census: cannot find!
1881 LCD: master machinist for N&W Railroad, res. 400 block of Main Street
From “Reminiscences” (1896):
Near the drive, pretty well down on the second walk there from, on a stout wooden cross about seven feet high, there is inscribed on the cross-piece in large letters “F.Sterk, 1884.” Our attention was attracted to it by its originality and when we looked at it, we were reminded of the unique character of the man whose grave it marked. Mr. Sterk was for many years master machinist of the shops then kept here by the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and was regarded as equal to any demand on his services in that line. His temperament was what rendered him peculiar. He would appear rough and disobliging on occasion, yet beneath such an unpropitious exterior dwelt a warm heart and a disposition to help his men at the expense of his own ease. In his personal intercourse with his fellow citizens (which amounted to but little) he was about as laconic as the late James Fretwell, on meeting an acquaintance, viz: “Mornin” and passed on.