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Capturing History

New military book features
local soldiers who have been forgotten

Photo book retells stories
of those enlisted in service

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(September 2010) – Bedford, Ky., native Maj. Nathan Parker, CSA, died on May 10, 1864, while fighting for his country. With his dying breath he spoke these words, “Charge them my brave boys.”

Donna Stark

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Frankfort, Ky., resident Donna Stark
has ancestors from Trimble County
who appear in her latest book

Parker’s Confederate troops were pursuing Union troops in Wytheville, Va., that day. He was hit over the heart with a spend minie-ball but managed to spur his troops on with his last words. After the war, Parker’s body was returned to Bedford, in Trimble County, Ky., to be buried with his family in the IOOF Cemetery.
His story is one of many found between the pages of a new book, “Military Men: Trimble County, Kentucky, Those Who Served,” by Donna Stark. Parker is a distant cousin to Stark through his mother, Nancy Hunter Parker.
“I have always been in awe of the military,” said Stark. Her father, Bill Stark, had three brothers who served in World War II, and “we talked about the war a lot.”
Stark said she has wanted to put this book together since she helped start the Trimble County Historical Society in 1977 with Lola Stark and Clara Scott. Stark was the first Cemetery Chairman and visited a lot of old cemeteries in the area.
Stark was president of the Trimble County Historical Society from 1986-1987 and planned the 150 birthday of Trimble County. She is a member of organizations, such as the Daughter’s of the American Revolution, Manikin Huguenot Society, National Huguenot Society, Magna Charta Dames, Bench & Bar, Presidential Families of America, DAC and UDC.
She began doing genealogical research on her own family after moving to Frankfort in 1978. “I found a diary that Maj. Nathan Parker had kept during the Civil War. It was not complete but gave so much information about him and the war. I did not know we were cousins before that,” said Stark.

Donna Stark Book

"Military Men: Trimble
County, Kentucky.
Those Who Served."

Stark has put “Military Men: Trimble County, Kentucky, Those Who Served,” together on her own, at her own expense. Her wish is to “know that the men who served to save our country will be remembered. I will always love the men who served.”
In addition to her father, Stark’s two sons were in service as well. Larry Wayne Garriott flew a Black Hawk Helicopter in the first Gulf War. His brother, Kevin, served on helicopters as a loadmaster, both delivering supplies to fighting men.
The book is mostly comprised of pictures, but does contain some articles about the men. “I used almost anything I had on each person I had collected information from,” said Stark.
The oldest picture in the book is of her ancestor Maj. Nathan Parker and was sent to her by a descendant of Parker. She also includes both of her great-grandfathers, Strother J. Stark and George Drane Montfort, who served in the Civil War.
Stark advertised locally for photographs she could include in the book. “I have been working on this book for a long time,” Stark said. Due to health problems, she thought she might never finish the book but “I knew I owed it and had promised it to the people of Trimble County.”
“Military Men: Trimble County, Kentucky, Those Who Served,” can be purchased for $12 plus $3 postage and handling per book directly from Stark at 12 Breckinridge Blvd., Frankfort, KY, 40601.
Stark has also published another book, “People and Places of Trimble County.” She says she is not only patriotic, but sentimental about her family. Her grandfather, Benjamin LaMaster Montfort, talked a lot about family and lived to be 98 years old.

• For her next book, Stark is looking for pictures of Trimble County veterans who were not included in the first book. For more information, contact Stark via email at: DonnaStarkKY@fewpb.net.

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