Victer Albert STALDING  Victer was born on 29 Sep 1897 in McCook County, SD. He died on 5 Feb 1958 in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor, WA. Victer married Ida Lena "Edith" RAUCH in 1923 in SD

Ida Lena "Edith" RAUCH    Edith was born on 5 May 1906 in Canistota, McCook County, SD. She died on 3 Aug 1998 in Longview, Cowlitz County, WA. Edith helped her husband Victer run a bulb farm and worked in the local seafood canneries. After Victer's death, she moved to Longview, WA, and worked at St. John's Hospital until her retirement.

Both Victer and Edith are buried in Fernhill Cemetery, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, WA.

Victor, Eugene, Yvonne, & Edith (Rauch) Stalding.JPG

The Victer Stalding Family 1943


  1. Eugene Kenneth "Gene"STALDING Gene was born on 28 May 1924 in Canistota,, SD, and died on 17 Oct 2013 in Longview, WA.  He married June Lida PEOPLES.
  2. Yvonne Stalding BARKER


  1. Stalding family records and recollections of family members.

Research Notes

While living in Canistota, SD, Victer, along with his brother Ward and his father, painted houses for a living. Victer worked for a time as a grave digger in Canistota, SD, during 1918. He buried Ida's father Henry and her brother Fred. Both Henry and Fred were victims of a severe flu epidemic.(1)

During the 1918 flu epidemic, Victer drove the local doctor around in a buggy for house calls. When the doctor ran out of alcohol Victor made runs to the moonshiners to get whiskey to use in the place of alcohol. In fact, Ward and Victer made at least one whiskey run from Canada to the US. The revenuers were after him! On one run he was chased by them, they shot at the car, wounding Victer slightly in the leg. Victer left the car and ran. The revenuers watched the car for many weeks waiting for him to come back for it. He didn't. That was the end to Ward and Victer's bootlegging adventures.

In 1927, Victer, Edith, Albert (Victer's father), Ward (his brother), and Amelia (Ward's wife) migrated to Aberdeen, WA, by car. The hardships encountered during trip bore striking similarities to the hardships depicted in the Henry Fonda movie Grapes of Wrath. They had no money so they found work along the way, picking corn throughout the Mid-West (even in the snow). They worked in Yakima Valley picking fruit and in the canneries. Crossing the mountains, the car could not make the grade so they had to throw a lot of their belongings into the canyons. They walked and pushed their cars when the grades got steeper. What possessions that were not thrown away were stolen by bandits. The Stalding family arrived in Aberdeen, WA, with only the clothes on their backs. (1)

After the family arrived in Aberdeen, they lived with Albert's brother, George Stalding, a prominent figure in Aberdeen. The entire family worked odd jobs in Aberdeen and commuted to Westport where they dug clams and did any other work that they could find. One summer, the men traveled to the Yakima Valley to pick fruit.

Victer was part owner of a 37' commercial fishing boat named theIda L. He would get seasick and had to be lashed to the boat so that he would not fall overboard as the others fished.

On September 26, 1939 an article was published in the Ogden Standard-Examiner concerning the siting of a submarine off the Grays Harbor area of the Washington coast. "Victor Staldinf, a troller-man, reported he had seen a sumarine on three occassions during the past week, and once has seen one come to the surface akmost within a stone's throw of his fishing vessel, and race away unidentified, The Aberdeen World said other fishermnen verified Stalding;s story."

Victer's fishing boat, the Ida L sank in 1939 near the mouth of the Columbia River causing at least one crewman to drown. (1)

During WWII, many families of German heritage living on the west coast beaches were made to feel uncomfortable by non-German families.Edith had to hide a photo of her father as the photo showed him in a pre-WWI German army uniform. Edith and Victer lived on a flower bulb farm in Grayland, WA, not more than a half mile from the Pacific Ocean beach. The US Army put a machine gun emplacement in the middle of their front yard for the duration of the war and took the added precaution of putting salt in fields. During the mid 1940's. Victor raised chickens, rabbits and hogs (although not profitably) and worked as a butcher at the Grayland Grocery. (1)

After WWII, Victer was a bulb farmer in Grayland, WA, and worked as a bridge tender for the State of Washington. He was an active leader in Republican Party. He often visited with Arthur B. Langley, Governor of the state of Washington, and Congressman Russell V. Mack. Victer was interested in securing positions in the state government for loyal Republican Party members. Another one of his interests was to make sure that the Washington State Highway Department was funded and that the "right people" were elected to office. Victer was active in Dwight David Eisenhower's successful election campaign. Victer's daughter, Yvonne, helped him organize and distribute political campaign signs and other materials. (1)


Edith Stalding, Age 14 years Luthern Church Confirmation.JPG (78851 bytes) Edith 1920 (14 years old)    Victor, Ida Lena & 3 month old Eugene Stalding.JPG (37497 bytes) Victer & Edith with 3 month old son Eugene, 1924

Edith Stalding 1974.JPG (33555 bytes)Edith 1974

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