52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #12 – Misfortune

Misfortune of War

In 1891 Himberg and Signe (Sena) Anderson, my great grandparents, left Norway with their first child, Adolph, just a baby, and immigrated to the United States.

Young Sena and Himberg Anderson

Signe Simmonite Christopherson and Himberg Anderson

They settled in Bruce, Rusk County, Wisconsin and added seven more children, six sons for a total of seven boys and one daughter, that being my grandmother Signe Helmena Anderson.

Adult Anderson Children with names & Dates

Top row l to r – Adolph, Arnold, Jurean (Jack), Harry.

Front row l to r – Helmer, Signe, Clarence and Stafford.

Arnold Barney Anderson was the last child born to Himberg and Signe Anderson in 1910 when they lived in Bruce, Wisconsin.

Census records show Arnold was 29 years old and lived in Chicago in 1940 and his occupation was a bus driver. His education level was grammer school. The census report says he was married to Mary LaCarte and they lived in the household of her brother. When Arnold was 32 years old he was in New York City, possibly visiting his brother, Jack, who also lived in New York in 1942, and he entered the Army on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day) 1942. Makes me wonder if how much he had to drink influenced his decision.

He became an Army Ranger and was wounded and lost his right arm and received the Purple Heart, Silver Star and the Bronze Medal. He served in the Pacific.

Arnold Anderson headstone

Later records show he returned to Chicago and was married to Esther. They had no children. He died on May 6, of 1962.

Arnold Anderson and wife Esther.

I never met Arnold, my father told us some stories about his military service. It sounded like he was quite a fighting man.

Next, I need to request his Army records from the Department of Veterans Affairs so I can learn where he served and what he did to earn the special recognition of the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart while suffering from the misfortune of war.


What’s In A Name?

What’s in a name? Stories. Even if the story is a little far fetched or not quite accurate, a name can tell you a lot.

Here is Jerry’s story.

Signe Viola Stalter and Jerry Frimpter Stalter

Signe Viola Stalter and Jerry Frimpter Stalter

My dad, Jerry Frimpter Stalter, while we were growing up, told us his name was really Perry, not Jerry and that his middle name was not Frimpter but should have been Trimpter. His reason, he told us, was because his mother’s Norwegian accent was difficult to understand and the people at the hospital put down the wrong name for his birth certificate. Ok, dad, good story!

Now for the facts, ma’am just the facts:

Signe Helmeena Anderson

Signe Helmeena (Anderson) Stalter

Jerry’s mother, Signe Helmeena (Anderson) Stalter was born in Bruce, Rusk County,Wisconsin in 1902. Her parents Hinberg and Signe (pronounced Sena) Anderson traveled from Norway to America in 1892. So, it was easy to believe that Signe, the daughter, could have an accent because it was obvious that her parents would have Norwegian accents.

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Frimpter tombstone

Frimpter Headstone

During my genealogy research I found the family name Frimpter. The Frimpter name was the maiden name of Jerry’s grandmother Sarah (Frimpter) Stalter, mother of Perry Stalter, grandmother to Jerry. Check, question answered. Proof found.

Perry Stalter

Perry Stalter

Even though I had the answer to the Frimpter/Trimpter story I was puzzled by the Perry/Jerry part of the story.

Baptism registration for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Baptism registration for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Well this week was my lucky week. You can sign on to Ancestry through Labor Day for free and I used this opportunity to check out my “hints” since I am no longer a member of Ancestry. I found a reference to the baptism of Jerry Frimpter Stalter and to my surprise he was baptized Perry Frimpter Stalter. Check, question answered. Proof found.

His name probably should have been Perry.

(Growing up, everyone called him “Bud.”)

Makes me feel pretty good about the stories my dad told.

Young Sena and Himberg Anderson

Young Sena and Himberg Anderson

The Norwegian side of Stalter

Himberg (Hinberg) Anderson was born July 4, 1864 in Harstad, Norway. He married Simmonitte Signe (Sena) Christoferson in 1870. Sena was born 26 October 1870 in Oslo, Norway. They immigrated to the United States in 1893 and were naturalized in 1896. Himberg, Sena and their first child Adolf who was born in Norway settled in Buce, Wisconsin, a small town in the west-central part of the state in Rusk County.

Sena and Himberg had 9 children, 8 living to adulthood. Adolf 1891-1977 age 86; Clarence 1893-1979 age 86; Harry 1896-1972 age 76; Jureen (Jack) 1897-1982 age 85; Helmer 1899-1962 age 63; Signe Helmena born 03 September 1902 (Jerry’s mother) died 23 August 1950 age 48; Stafford 1905-1991 age 86; Birt born before 1910 but did not survive; Arnold 1910-1962 age 52, all born in Bruce, Wisconsin.

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According to Stafford Anderson’s autobiography notes, the family farmed and Sena ran a restaurant in Bruce, Wisconsin. To support the farm the sons were not drafted to serve in World War I. The 1920 census shows Sena and Himberg in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Himberg was employed by the Federal Government in the prison system. One census classifies him as custodian. The 1930 census shows Sena and Himberg in St. Paul, Minnesota and I have not found them in the 1940 census yet.

After Sena’s death in 1945, Himberg moved to Springfield, Missouri to be near his daughter Signe.

Sena Anderson
Sena Anderson
Sena Anderson and Viola Martin. I don’t exactly know the relationship between Viola Martin and Sena Anderson yet, however references by the Anderson children to Viola and Frank Martin are aunt and uncle.
Viola Martin and Sena Anderson
Seated inside the car is Himberg Anderson. Left to right in front of car is Jerry Stalter, Clarence Frahm (Jerry’s step-father) and Frank Martin.

Through the web site Find A Grave, I made contact with a gentleman who sent me pictures of the headstones for Sena and Himberg who are buried in Acacia Park Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Himberg Anderson (also spelled Hinberg) Memorial #93011794 on Find A Grave
Sena Anderson Memorial #93011765 on Find A Grave

The birth year for Himberg is not correct on the headstone and I don’t know why Sena has a middle initial of ‘D’. More puzzles to solve!

More stories and pictures on the Anderson children to come, stay tuned!