George Edward STALDING George was born on 5 Apr 1868 in Ridgeway, Winneshiek County, IA, and died on 16 Dec 1932 in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, WA. George married Lois WAY on 5 Jul 1890 in SD. (2,4,5) George's Obituary..

Lois Bessie WAY Lois was born on 10 May 1874 in Waverly, IA, and died on 7 June 1948 in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, WA.(1) Her parents were David M. WAY and Grace (SMITH) WAY of Turner County Turner County, SD.

George and Lois are buried in Fernhill Cemetery, Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, WA.

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George E. Stalding, circa 1932

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George Stalding after one of his Aberdeen city council elections, circa 1910

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Photos courtesy of Val Hurlbert


  1. Grace A. STALDING Grace was born on 19 Mar 1893 in Canistota, McCook County, SD and died on 17 Nov 1974 in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, WA.


  1. Provided by Peggy Hoffman, 4 Oct 2001.
  2. Obituary - George STALDING, Aberdeen World Newspaper clipping.
  3. Interview with Eugene Stalding, 2001.
  4. Chehalis County 1910 Federal Census, page 151A, lines 43-45
  5. From a listing given to Valerie Hurlbert by Eunice LAUZON.
  6. Aberdeen World Newspaper microfilm archives provided by the Aberdeen Timberland Library inter library loan program.

Research Notes:

It appears that George and Lois migrated from Canistota, SD, to Aberdeen, WA, sometime between 1893 and 1900. George was elected to the city council in 1908 and served several terms. He was a city policeman during the "Roaring Twenties". The 1930 Aberdeen, Gray Harbor County, Federal Census lists his occupation as a "patrolman". In addition to being a public servant and elected city official, George was also champion semi-pro baseball player, playing ball for the Aberdeen City team.

According to family members, George was an avid outdoorsman and it is believed that "Stalding Creek", WA, was probably named after George. Stalding Creek is located in the heart Washington's Olympic National Park. It feeds into the north fork of the Quinault River. (4)

Lois Stalding was heavily involved in Aberdeen civic affairs and active was active in the leadership of Rebekah lodge No, 28. She was a past noble grand. Her occupation was listed in the Aberdeen, Gray Harbor County, 1930 Federal Census as a " saleslady in a confectionary shop". Lois and her daughter Grace marched in parades with the lodge drum and bugle corps. Lois was the drum major (1)

Columbia River Chronology, Historical Dates, Pacific County Historical Society and MuseumLast modified on August 29th, 2000/compiled by Brian Davis:

Aberdeen World microfilm archives contain the following articles:

Washington State Archives, 1910 Federal Census, Chehalis County, WA. The census includes: George, age 42, Lois (no age), and Grace, age 17.

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