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 Second Time Around, Now I know!

Sorting through boxes after our recent move I came across two yearbooks belonging to my mother who graduated from Loveland High School. “The Chieftain” from 1942 and 1943. I was aware I had the yearbooks but I never took the time, until today, to look through and read each page. In the past I have posted many pictures of my mother as a young woman, never being able to date them accurately. The second time around now I know!

The Chieftain 1943

The Class of ’43

   “On the opening day of the 1939-40 school term, 150 bewildered freshmen gathered not in the high school auditorium as was the usual custom, but in the little red church across the street to receive their first instructions. They had no study halls and no assemblies except pep meetings which were held in the grandstand. All of these unusual arrangements were necessary because of the construction work on the new junior high building.”

Loveland High School 1942

   Various school activities included pep rally’s to cheer on the football team which was state champion in 1939 having played against Pueblo on the Loveland field. They marched in the Costume Day parade in downtown Loveland. As sophomore’s in the 1940-41 school term many of the students became contributing members of the football and basketball team and cheerleaders and majorettes.

   The third year at Loveland High School 1941-42 the “juniors” had 18 boys receive their letter in football, and continuing participation in basketball cheerleading and school spirit continued. The class presented the play “Mama’s Baby Boy,” which was a great success.

Evelyn Hancock Junior Year 1942

Evelyn Hancock
Junior Year

  In the forward of the 1943 year book for this class of seniors a warning was included  “WARNING: Due to war conditions, we were not able to get water-proof covers for your year book, so take special care of them. There may be other things in this year book that you do not approve of, but due to shortage of materials and other difficulties, many plans had to be modified.”

   The students returned to school in the fall of 1942 as stately seniors, and as such were allowed to leave the auditorium first.  Again the Loveland Indians brought honors by winning the state championship from the Salida Spartans. Due to the shortage of labor on the farms we began school a week earlier and then allowed two weeks vacation to work in the beet fields. The senior year also included attending school on five Saturdays so the students could end the school year early.

Evelyn Hancock Senior Year 1943

Evelyn Hancock
Senior Year

    “One of the most pleasant memories the seniors of 1943 will carry with them when they leave Loveland High School will be the memory of a class party held on March 12. The party was held in the music room, and dancing and games were the diversion of the evening. Refreshments of pop and doughnuts were served.”

The class sponsor was called back to the Army, leaving mid-term and 6 senior boys left school to serve in World War II.

Future Homemakers Club 1943 Second row, 1st on the left

Future Homemakers Club 1943
Second row, 1st on the left

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Family History Thanksgiving Story 2013 – Mayflower Passenger George Soule

From the Pilgrim Hall Museum

Explore this link to share the stories of the pilgrims and the origin of Thanksgiving.


Remember our ancestor was George Soule, a servant/teacher for Edward Winslow’s children.

George had been orphaned when his home burned and his parents died. His brother Robert raised him. When he heard of the opportunity to go to the new world, he did so with the Edward Winslow family.

George Soule was a signer of the Mayflower Compact. A document where all of the people agreed to govern as a group.

Read more from the Pilgrim Hall Museum web site.


4 MARRIED WOMEN: Eleanor Billington, Mary Brewster, Elizabeth Hopkins, Susanna White

5 ADOLESCENT GIRLS: Mary Chilton (14), Constance Hopkins (13 or 14), Priscilla Mullins (19),
Elizabeth Tilley (14 or15) and Dorothy, the Carver’s unnamed maidservant, perhaps 18 or 19.

9 ADOLESCENT BOYS: Francis & John Billington, John Cooke, John Crackston, Samuel Fuller
(2d), Giles Hopkins, William Latham, Joseph Rogers, Henry Samson.

13 YOUNG CHILDREN: Bartholomew, Mary & Remember Allerton, Love & Wrestling Brewster,
Humility Cooper, Samuel Eaton, Damaris & Oceanus Hopkins, Desire Minter, Richard More,
Resolved & Peregrine White.

22 MEN: John Alden, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, William Bradford, William Brewster, Peter
Brown, Francis Cooke, Edward Doty, Francis Eaton, [first name unknown] Ely, Samuel Fuller,
Richard Gardiner, John Goodman, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland, Edward Lester, George
Soule, Myles Standish, William Trevor, Richard Warren, Edward Winslow, Gilbert Winslow.

 ALDEN: John
 ALLERTON: Isaac with children Bartholomew, Mary, Remember; the Allerton servant
William Latham
 BILLINGTON: John & Eleanor with sons Francis, John Jr.
 BRADFORD: William
 BREWSTER: William & Mary with sons Love, Wrestling; their ward Richard More
 CARVER: The Carver ward Desire Minter; the Carver servant John Howland; the Carver
maidservant Dorothy.
 COOKE: Francis with son John
 EATON: Francis with son Samuel
 ELY: Unknown adult man
 FULLER: Samuel with nephew Samuel 2d
 GARDINER: Richard
 HOPKINS: Stephen & Elizabeth with Giles, Constance, Damaris, Oceanus; their servants
Edward Doty and Edward Leister.
 MULLINS: Priscilla
 ROGERS: Joseph
 STANDISH: Myles  TILLEY: Elizabeth
 TILLEY: Tilley wards Humility Cooper and Henry Samson
 WARREN: Richard
 WINSLOW: Edward & Susanna with her sons Resolved White & Peregrine White; Winslow
servant George Soule
 WINSLOW: Gilbert
Note: In Of Plymouth Plantation, William Bradford lists the Mayflower passengers and also tells us who died during the
first winter of 1620/1621 and spring of 1621. No other ships arrived in Plymouth until after the “First Thanksgiving”
celebration. The Pilgrims at the “First Thanksgiving” are all the Mayflower survivors.

Edwin Squires – March to Holly Springs, Mississippi, December 1862

At the river, St. Louis, MO

When Company E left Cairo, Illinois for Memphis it was on the  packet White Cloud. This is a picture of the river at St. Louis with all the timberclads, steamships and packets loading and unloading troops and supplies. Most of the port cities on the Mississippi looked like this with movement of soldiers and supplies during the Civil War. In 1849 a fire erupted at the port in St. Louis and most of the ships including the original White Cloud and about 4 blocks of businesses and home were destroyed. Cost of the destruction was $5,000,000.

The second White Cloud was a 345 ton sidewheeler built in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In 1857 the homeport for the White Cloud was St. Louis. After service in the Civil War the White Cloud was destroyed in an ice squeeze at St. Louis.

Enfield Rifle

The Enfield Rifle

The 33rd Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers were fitted with the Enfield Rifle. It was a musket, with ramrod and bayonet. The writings of Arthur Robinson talk about using either the bayonet or the ramrod to cook their bacon or hold their cup of coffee over the fire to cook.

Bell Tent

This is an example of a bell tent. Arthur Robinson describes the men of Company E  “divided into twelve messes of eight men to a tent and paired off in two’s as bunkmates.”

In the words of Arthur Robinson from his Memorandum and Anecdotes of the Civil War  here is what the men of Company E faced after the skirmish at Coldwater and on the march to Holly Springs in 1862. Holly Springs, Mississippi was the camp where Union supplies were stored in Major General Ulysses S. Grants strategic plan to take over Vicksburg.

“On December 2d we were ordered to strike camp and be ready to march by 7 A.M.; were issued two days’ rations and cartridges to fill our cartridge box, 40 rounds, with 20 rounds extra, and at 7 o’clock we were on the road, leading south-east toward Holly Springs, Miss. We marched probably fifteen miles that day and camped that night at Pleasant Valley, a large Baptist school on the Tallahatchie river. We had barely gone into camp when the long roll was beat and we hustled to our guns, when the rebel cavalry came dashing in on us, and run right through our camp, but with no great damage to us, only upsetting a few cans of coffee that had been placed on our fires, “one of Forest’s daredevil raids.” We gave them a parting volley as they passed. We had not stationed our pickets when they made their charge, but we gave them a warm reception. This was the first time we had met with such a surprise, and we were a lot of excited boys for a short time, a feeling that is hard to describe, “something like an ague shake.” We soon got down to business again, preparing our evening meal and eating it with as much relish as if nothing occurred to disturb us out of the ordinary. On the morning of December 3d we were on the march by 4 o’clock for Holly Springs. During the night there had been a dispatch by courier that Forest had captured the place and burned the army stores there, and was tearing up the railroad tracks. We were put through on a forced march and arrived at about 4 P.M., to find the place evacuated. They had plundered the camp and torn up about two miles of railroad between Holly Springs and Grand Junction. They had gone in the direction of Grand Junction. Pap Thomas’ cavalry was in hot pursuit. We camped at Holly Springs and repaired the railroad and garrisoned the place. I was detailed for picket duty that night and nearly froze while on my post. It had turned cold, with rain. Our rations were about exhausted and the track torn up. Forest had burned all the supplies at Holly Springs, and the country had been stripped of everything for miles by both the rebels and our army.

We were put on quarter rations until supplies could be brought from Memphis. The morning of the 4th there was a forage train sent out to procure feed for the mules. Stafford was on the detail from our mess. They were sent to the south of Holly Springs to a large plantation on the Tallahatchie. A negro had reported that the old planter had an abundance of corn and provender secreted, and had described the place as to finding everything, but would not go with the boys for fear of his life. There were 200 men detailed to guard the train, and they soon found everything as the negro had reported and came back to camp with a full load and plenty. Stanford was a good forager and our mess was well supplied with chicken, goose, yellow yams and corn cakes.We had gone into an old, deserted camp, and it was only a few days until our boys were infested with vermin and disease, which took five of our company in a very short time. Rafe Stafford, my bunk mate, was the first. Poor boy, he was taken with dysentary and died within a week after our arrival at Holly Springs. Charles Smith, Nat Goodwin and two of our Norwegian boys were all buried within twenty days. Brother Hiram was very sick and I feared that he would be next, but he pulled through, by my careful nursing. We were barely over with dysentery when the smallpox broke out. Joe Hall, of our company, was the first to come down with it. Very fortunately it did not spread in the regiment. His tent was left under quarantine and our camp was moved some distance and only one other of our company had been exposed. Brainard Rider, who remained and nursed Hall through his sickness. The rainy season had set in and the red clay hills of Mississippi were a perfect bog. There were many of the boys sick with chills and fever, dysentery or the jaundice, and there was not a day passed while we remained at Holly Springs that there was not some poor boy of our regiment buried and it cast a gloom over the whole camp.”

The 33rd Regiment lost a total of 202 men during the Civil War. 3 Officers and 30 enlisted were killed; 2 officers and 167 enlisted – died from disease.

More later on their march to Vicksburg.

George Soule Fifth Generation – Benjamin West (Jr.)

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

741 Benjamin West (Benjamin West, William West, Susannah Soule, George), b. Hopkinton RI, 30 Nov. 1761; died Verona, formerly Grafton, NY, July 1853 aged 91 years.

Benjamin West
B. Hopkinton, RI 30 Nov 1761
D. Verona, formerly Grafton NY
July 1853 aged 91 years

He m. 4 Feb 1782 ELIZABETH DAVIS, dau. of John and Bethiah (Rogers) Davis, b. 15 March 1755; died Verona NY, 29 Nov. 1827.

Elizabeth Davis West
B.15 March 1755; D. Verona NY 29 Nov. 1827

He with his brothers Rusemire and Thomas were original landholders of the Roxborough section of the Rensselaerwyck Manor as of 1791. He and his brother Thomas were residents of Oneida CO. NY when they executed a deed in Rensselear Co.25 Jan 1822. There is no probate in Rensselaer Co. NY.

Children (WEST)b. Grafton NY:

i. Benjamin, b. 15 June 1783,
ii. Elizabeth, b. 15 Sept. 1788
iii. JOSEPH, b. 26 June 1794
iv. John, b. 6 June 1796; d. 1805
v. Olive, b. 30 July 1801; d. 1804
vi. Isaac, b. 29 Nov 1806

Obituary for Benjamin West
From the “Sabbath Recorder.” Vol 10, No. 3, p. 11, June 30, 1853

In Verona, N.Y., May 11th, Benjamin West, aged 91 years. Brother West was a member of the 2nd Seventh-day Baptist Church in Petersburg,, but he observed the Sabbath of the Lord. When re removed to Verona, he united with the Seventh-day Baptist Church, of which he remained a worthy member until removed by death to join the church above.

References: Rogers Davis Fam Bible (sheets); JOHN DAVIS GEN, p. 111; SDB Record 8:32, p. 127; MAXSON FAM, p. 15; Rensselaer CO. LR 25:72 (Benjamin West).

George Soule Fourth Generation – Benjamin West

Continued from Mayfower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

181 Benjamin West (William West, Susannah Soule, George ), b. probably No. Kingtown or Newport RI ca 1730; died NY State 1782.

He m. Briston RI, 7 June 1753 ELIZABETH SMITH, dau. of Samuel and Elizabeth (Drown) Smith, b. Bristol RI 14 Dec. 1733.

He was Benajmin Weast of Stonington CT 11 Feb 1754 and as Benjamin of Newport RI with wife Elizabeth on 25 July 1766 sold 6 acres in Westerly RI. He early became a member and then Deacon of the S.D. Baptist church of Hopkinton RI and emigrated to Burlington – Farmington CT before the revolution. He and two of his sons, Benjamin jr. and Hezekiah signed the Farmington Petition to the Connecticut legislature for permission to labor on the first day since their Sabbath was the seventh. Five of his children married five of the children of Elder John Davis of Hopkinton and Farmington CT. He died in NY State but his estate was probated in Farmington CT in 1782. However, no estate papers exist.On the plot map dated 1791-2 of Roxborough, Rensselaer Co. NY, he may be the landowner of property adjoining Rusemire, Thomas and Benjamin jr.

Children of Benjamin West:

739 i Hezekiah, b. 13 June 1754
740 ii Mary/Polly, b. ca. 1758
741 iii Benjamin, b. ca. 1762
742 iv Michael, b. after 1762
743 v Rusemire (Rusimiah) b. after 1762
744 vi Thoma, b. 2 March 1767

References: CT (Farmington) PR: 2906 (Benjamin West); CSL Barbour Index: Farmington; David (John) Gen; VR RI: Bristol; WEsterly RI LER 9:198, 10:164 (Benjamin West/Weast), Map: 10 Roxborough of Rensselaerwyck Manor, Rensselaer Co. NY.

George Soule Third Generation – William West

Continued from Mayflower Families Through Five Generations – Descendants Of The Pilgrims Who Landed At Plymouth, Mass. December 1620; Volume Three

36 WILLIAM WEST (Susanna Soule, George ), b. No. Kingstown RI 31 May 1681.

He m. (1) ABIAH SPRAGUE, dau. of William and Deborah (Lane) Sprague, b. Hingham, 27 Jan, 1688/9, died before April 1721. Her father’s will dated 7 April 1721, probated in Providence RI, 11 Nov. 1723 named Deborah, John, William and Abiah West as his grandchildren.

He m. (2) place unknown bef. 1725 JANE TANNER, dau. of Francis and unk (Babcock) Tanner. On 27 July 1741 the Charlestown RI Town Council ordered “William West, wife and children” be transported to No. Kingstown. William and some of his family were in W. Greenwich as guests of Benjamin Tanner by July 1742 when the Town Council asked Benjamin Tanner for an explanation. There are no Probate records.

Children (West) first four by Abiah Sprague; five through eleven by Jane Tanner.

i Deborah, b. ca. 1710; n.f.r.
178 ii John, b. ca. 1712
179 iii William, b. ca. 1715
iv Abiah, b. bef 1721; n.f.r.
180 v Joseph, b. ca. 1724
181 vi Benjamin, b. ca 1730
182 vii Thomas, b. ca 1732
183 viii Francis, b. ca Aug 1735
184 ix Ebenezer, b. prob. bef 1739
185 x Jane
186 xi Susanna

References: MD 26:10ff; FAM OF PILGRIMS; Providence RI PR 2:158 (William Sprague); No. Kingstown RI LR (William West); Charlestown RI Town Rec Bk 1738; np (William West), SOULE NEWSLETTER 8 12304; SPRAGUE GEN. VR RI; HOPKINTON, NEWPORT.