Jim Stark Blog

War of 1812 Escape

The Dibbles were a family of nine children which included Lovisa, the future Mrs. Ebenezer Stark, my great-great-great grandmother, and a brother, Lewis, who became Ebenezer’s best friend and fellow ship captain. The Dibbles arrived in the mid-west by schooner after sailing across Lake Erie from New York in 1811. They first settled in Frenchtown, […]

Life Threatening Rescue

It was October 1945, a month after the Japanese had surrendered. World War II was over, but due to poor communications, some enemy forces didn’t realize the fighting was finished. Ensign Stark, anxiously awaiting news of his transfer back to the states, received orders to take his PT 222 and rescue a coast-watching radio outpost […]

Seventh and Final Update – End of an Affair

So, not a bad day, all things considered. As reported, I spent the night (Friday) in a motel in Phillipsburg, KS. This morning I carefully checked the Weather Channel and also my cell phone Weather Bug, and it looked like the Gulf coast storm is centered over Kansas City, 250 miles away, later in the […]

Sixth Update – The End of an Affair

After a pleasant evening in a KOA campground in Richfield, UT, I turned Rosie 180 degrees and started heading homeward. There are many sightseeing options in the next Utah and Colorado miles, but my planned stop two days from now is visiting my college roommate who lives in Longmont, Colorado, just north of Denver. I […]

Fifth Update – End of an Affair

I’m recharged! I got a motel in Monticello, Utah, early Sunday night – 4:30pm. Unwound, relaxed, sent out my 4th Update, and got to bed early. Awoke at 6:30, refreshed, and loaded up to leave. There were several off-road motorcyclists staying at the same motel. They trailed their bikes to Utah from Texas and were […]