Harrybelle (Durant) Stark: The Last Casualty of WWI

Harrybelle (Durant) Stark (1891-1937) gave the last full measure of devotion to our country. She was the last casualty of World War I.

Born March 1891 in Pensacola, Florida, she was the daughter of Osmond P. (1856-1913) and Annette (Knowles) (1880- ) Durant.

photo of Harrybelle Stark

Credit: Stark family photograph

Harrybelle attended Saint Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing in Birmingham, Alabama, and graduated as a nurse in the Class of 1911.

She enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps 24 August 1916, and was commissioned a lieutenant and sent overseas to serve at Evacuation Hospital No. 6, American Expeditionary Force, based in Souilly, France. It was there that she met and married her husband, Lt. George Frederick Stark (1895-1958), an Army aviator.

photo of Harrybelle Stark

Credit: Stark family photograph

WWI ended for the rest of the world on 11 November 1918—but for Harrybelle it would not end for another 19 years, until 16 April 1937.

Near the end of WWI her base was gassed by the Germans. In spite of the damaging effects of the gas she continued to serve and was discharged from the Army on 25 April 1919.

photo of a Purple Heart medal

Credit: Wikipedia

But the deteriorating effects of the gas were too much and she soon entered the Castle Point Veteran’s Hospital (Castle Point, New York) where she remained until her death

photo fo the Castle Point Veteran’s Hospital (Castle Point, New York)

Credit: VA Hudson Valley Health Care

As the last casualty of WWI she was buried 21 April 1937 at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

photo of Harrybelle Stark

Credit: Stark family photograph

Arlington National Cemetery Puts Tombstone Photos Online

Arlington National Cemetery has recently completed a massive effort to photograph all 400,000 tombstones and put the photos online.

photo of the front of Harrybelle Stark's tombstone

Credit: Arlington National Cemetery

This is a terrific genealogical resource. Genealogists can easily search for their deceased relatives and the website will display the gravestone and show you where on the cemetery map the person is buried.

Arlington National Cemetery. Search burials here:

http://public.mapper.army.mil/ANC/ANCWeb/PublicWMV/ancWeb.html

map of Arlington National Cemetery

Credit: Arlington National Cemetery

With a click you can pull up more details of the person’s military service and a close-up photograph of the front and back of the tombstone.

When you click on “Details,” it pulls up the accompanying tombstone photos with both a front and rear view. Notice the handy “Download Photo” button under each photograph. It’s a snap to download and keep these photos to add to your family collectibles.

photos of the front and back of Harrybelle Stark's tombstone

Credit: Arlington National Cemetery

This comprehensive effort by the Arlington National Cemetery is one of the best genealogy websites online today.

Family Tree Have Branches in Oklahoma? Search OK Newspapers Now

Genealogists often find that they have cousins in all 50 U.S. states because our relatives, over the centuries, picked up and moved to greener pastures.

To meet the needs of genealogists, GenealogyBank.com offers a strong collection of recent and historical newspapers from all 50 states—including 55 newspapers from Oklahoma to help you research your ancestry from the “Sooner State.”

photo of a migrant family in Oklahoma, 1936

Migrant family in Oklahoma, 1936

Photo: Family on the Move in Oklahoma, 1936. Credit: Library of Congress, cph 3c30176 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c30176

You can search for your ancestors in our Oklahoma newspaper archives here:

Search Oklahoma Newspaper Archives (1871 – 1923)

Search Oklahoma Recent Obituaries (1982 – Current)

Here is the complete list of the newspapers currently in our OK newspaper archives. Each title is an active link taking you to that newspaper’s search form where you can enter more information such as ancestor surname, date ranges, and more to narrow your genealogy search.

City Newspaper Date Range Collection
Ada Ada Evening News 10/29/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Altus Altus Times 1/14/2008 – Current

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Alva Alva Review-Courier 9/5/2000 – Current

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Antlers Antlers American 10/14/2010 – Current

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Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite 12/1/2004 – Current

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Bartlesville Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise 10/18/2007 – Current

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Bethany Bethany Tribune 12/7/2012 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Chickasha Express Star 3/31/2006 – Current

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Claremore Claremore Daily Progress 7/3/2007 – Current

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Duncan Duncan Banner 4/26/2006 – Current

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Durant Durant Daily Democrat 5/29/2007 – Current

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Edmond Edmond Sun 10/24/2005 – Current

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Enid Enid News and Eagle 8/1/2008 – Current

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Fairland American 10/4/2012 – Current

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Frederick Frederick Press-Leader 12/3/2006 – Current

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Grove Grove Sun 2/25/2008 – Current

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Guymon Guymon Daily Herald 5/30/2008 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Hobart Hobart Daily Republican 1/4/1907 – 6/30/1920

Newspaper Archives

Hobart Hobart Democrat 1/10/1908 – 7/1/1909

Newspaper Archives

Hobart Hobart Weekly Chief 7/2/1908 – 12/31/1908

Newspaper Archives

Langston Langston City Herald 11/14/1891 – 3/30/1893

Newspaper Archives

Lawton Lawton Constitution 10/1/2006 – Current

Recent Obituaries

McAlester McAlester News-Capital & Democrat 12/4/2007 – Current

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Miami Miami District Daily News 8/19/1917 – 1/31/1923

Newspaper Archives

Miami Miami News-Record 12/3/1999 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Miami Miami Record-Herald 7/28/1899 – 10/9/1903

Newspaper Archives

Miami Miami Weekly Herald 9/23/1899 – 11/20/1903

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Midwest City Midwest City Sun 7/10/2008 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Moore American 1/3/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Muskogee Indian Journal 7/6/1895 – 7/6/1895

Newspaper Archives

Muskogee Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat 2/18/2004 – Current

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Norman Norman Transcript 9/19/2007 – Current

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Nowata Nowata Star 10/3/2012 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman 1/25/1898 – 12/31/1913

Newspaper Archives

Oklahoma City Guide 10/6/1898 – 8/1/1903

Newspaper Archives

Oklahoma City Oklahoman 11/1/1982 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Pauls Valley Pauls Valley Daily Democrat 9/8/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Pawhuska Pawhuska Journal-Capital 10/17/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Perry Perry Daily Journal 12/4/2012 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Perry Perry Journal 10/3/1901 – 9/1/1904

Newspaper Archives

Perry Perry Republican 1/1/1914 – 12/28/1922

Newspaper Archives

Poteau Poteau Daily News & Sun 7/29/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Pryor Daily Times 12/26/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Shawnee Shawnee News-Star 10/2/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Stillwater Stillwater News Press 9/11/2007 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Tahlequah Cherokee Advocate 4/29/1871 – 7/3/1897

Newspaper Archives

Tahlequah Tahlequah Daily Press 12/29/2005 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Tulsa Native American Times 10/27/2009 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Tulsa Tulsa World 1/1/1911 – 12/31/1922

Newspaper Archives

Tulsa Tulsa World 1/1/1989 – Current

Recent Obituaries

Tuttle Tuttle Times 3/29/2006 – 1/27/2010

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Vinita Vinita Daily Journal 11/10/2012 – Current

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Waurika Waurika News Democrat 2/11/2010 – Current

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Weatherford Weatherford Daily News 11/27/2012 – Current

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Woodward Woodward News 4/26/2010 – Current

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