Marie Stark Wallace (1867 – 1966) was the third of four daughters of Silvia and Louis Stark. When Marie was in her nineties, she wrote the history of her family. After her death, her manuscript “From Slavery to Freedom: The History of the Stark Family” was published in The Gulf Island Driftwood newspaper as an 11-part series starting on November 7, 1979. The story begins around 1839 when her mother was a young enslaved girl in Missouri.
Image: Sylvia Stark and daughter Marie Stark Wallace during the apple harvest in the 1930s. Courtesy of Salt Spring Island Archives