Historical Images of Porter County

Chesterton Maroons Baseball Team
Chesterton, Indiana

Date: 1914
Source Type: Postcard
Publisher, Printer, Photographer: Unknown
Postmark: June 23, 1914, Chesterton, Indiana
Collection: Steven R. Shook
Remark: This postcard was sent to Mrs. H. H. Whiting in Johnson Creek, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Research shows that Mrs. H. H. Whiting was Sylvia (Cross) Whiting, the wife of Harry H. Whiting. Harry [born circa 1883 in Wisconsin] and Sylvia [born January 1884 in Wisconsin] were the parents of Lester Whiting [born May 15, 1905 in Wisconsin and died January 13, 1965 in Hennepin County, Minnesota]. Lester is briefly mentioned on the reverse side of this postcard. Two individuals are marked with an X on the image and are identified as "our boys." One of these individuals is identified as Steve Spencer. The postcard is signed by Ilda, which likely identifies the sender as Ilda Spencer. The 1910 Federal Census records for Westchester Township in Porter County, Indiana, as well as World War I draft registration information indicates that Steve Spencer's full name was Samuel Steven Spencer. Steve was born on January 19, 1889, in Stillwell, LaPorte County, Indiana, and died on Mary 14, 1928, in Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana. Steve was the son of Ernest Crippen Spencer [born April 21, 1860, in Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana, and died February 22, 1926, in Portage Township] and Ilda M. (Stillwell) Spencer [born 1859 in Wheeler, Porter County, Indiana, and died April 1, 1936, in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana]. It is suspected that the man sitting down with the X on his white shirt is Steve's brother, Burr Thomas Spencer [born July 27, 1891, in Indiana]. Ernest and Ilda are interred in Blake Cemetery, while Steve Spencer is interred in McCool Cemetery; both cemeteries are located in Portage Township, Porter County, Indiana.

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