1917 - Fred Arthur Stackley in Manitou, Colorado

by dennis

My first surprise when gathering information about Fred A. Stackley was to learn he was a resident of Colorado in 1917.

Follow up:

Fred Arthur Stackley was born in Kansas near Burns. He made his way to Colorado and registered for the World War I draft on June 5, 1917. At that time, he was living in El Paso County, Manitou, Colorado. His draft registration card indicates he was single with the occupation of gardener and farmer. He signed his card F. A. Stackley.

Fred served in the United States Army. Two years of his service was spent in France where he worked as an interpreter and cooked for the officers. He eventually returned to Kansas, married Lilah Freeman, and began raising a family there. After Fred contracted tuberculosis, he returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado to live his remaining days at the Woodmen Sanitorium. Lilah and the couple's children remained in Kansas to continue running the farm.

In the early 1900s, the high altitude and dry climate of Colorado Springs gained international reputation as a cure for tuberculosis. The Modern Woodmen of America, a life insurance company, opened a massive TB sanitorium there. Interestingly, Otto Einstein, distant cousin of Albert Einstein, worked at the Woodmen Sanitorium in the late 1940s and 1950s. Fred would not have been there during the same time as he passed away in 1941.

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