To truly appreciate this class photo from 1910 you have to see the back – with names carefully listed out by Edmund Lundgren. I’ve used the back as the main photo on this post. Today’s real highlight, however, will be Mr. Walter Stollstorff. Always start with the rare last name when you need a quick win. And during this hectic Thanksgiving week that’s just what I needed. Mr. Stollstorff delivered. He was very easy to find.
Walter C. was born June 21, 1896 to Frederick and Johanna/Hanna Stollstorff in Chicago. Fred was originally from Germany, Johanna from Illinois (although her name suggests her parents may have originally been from Germany as well). In 1900 and 1910 the family lived in Ward 22 of Chicago, right where we found the other Manierre boys. Walter had an older brother Frederick and younger sister Erma. In 1917, according to his WWI draft registration card, Walter worked at the Fred R. Jones Co. However, by the time of the WWII draft card, he was an assistant auditor at the YMCA of Chicago and married to Alita/Aleta. I don’t know if he had any children, but he barely looks like a child himself in this 15 year old picture – you can see the auditor that will someday be!