Jim Stark Blog

A Gypsy’s Life – JFS Jr. Permanent Addresses

  1. 10/38 – 2/39 1018 Connecticut Ave, Bridgeport, CT 2. 2/39 – 10/39 179 Kent Ave., Bridgeport (2nd Floor) 3. 2/39 – 10/39 177 Kent Ave, Bridgeport (1st Floor) 4. 10/39 – 3/41 115 Chestnut St. Fairfield, CT 5. 3/41 – 7/41 3213 Condie St, Richmond, VA 6. 8/41 – 10/42 69 Grant St., […]


My wage-earning jobs over the years have included a variety of interesting and diverse undertakings. How do they compare with your own unique work experiences? Grade school In addition to the at-home chores I did for my 25-cent allowance and neighborhood jobs, like snow shoveling, lawn mowing, and babysitting, my best job as a grade […]

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 […]