|Date of Birth||November 6, 1890|
|Place of Birth||Gardner, Massachusetts|
|Trade / Calling||Civil Engineer|
|Branch||Corps of Engineers|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Date of Enlistment||June 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||27|
|Theatre of Service||Europe|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||August 11, 1968|
|Age at Death||77|
|Buried At||St. Patrick's Cemetery, Lockport, Niagara County, New York|
Stanley Carter Stratton was born on 6 November 1890 in Gardner, Massachusetts. His parents were George Kendall Stratton and Fannie Goodridge. He had two brothers and one sister: Fred Leighton (b. 1886), Harriet Goodridge (b. 1889) and Raymond Kendall (b. 1895, d. 1903). Stanley grew up in Bradford, New Hampshire and attended Simons Free High School. In 1900 his father was a hotel keeper and by 1910 a salesman in a dry goods store. When the 1910 census was taken George’s stepmother, Harriet Carter, was living with the family.
Stanley trained as a civil engineer and graduated from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. His thesis was published in 1915 – ‘Project for new street and steel highway bridge at Milford, New Hampshire.’ He found employment with the New York City engineering firm of H. S. Ferguson & Co. and he was given assignments with the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Co. in Minneapolis. He was also involved in the construction of a power plant in Lockport, New York, where his future wife lived.
The U.S. entered WW1 in April 1917 and Stanley signed his draft registration card on 5 June. According to his U.S. veteran burial record he served with Company of the 107th Engineers, which was in the 32nd Division in the American Expeditionary Forces. Stanley arrived in France in July 1918 on the S.S. Orita and spent ten months in France and Germany. He returned to the U.S. in May 1919 on the S.S. Haverford and was discharged on 25 May. He attained the rank of Corporal.
After the war Stanley returned to his career with H.S. Ferguson and he was living in New York City when the 1920 census was taken. He was married in Lockport, Niagara County, New York on 12 July 1921. His wife, Margaret Mary Gaughan, was 27 years old and a stenographer. She was born in Lockport and her parents, John Gaughan and Mary Harty, were both from Ireland. Stanley and Margaret had one daughter, Joan Margaret, born in 1927.
Stanley’s association with the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Co. took him to their mill locations in Kenora and Fort Frances, Ontario. In 1932 he was hired to work full-time for the company and he was with them for the next 25 years. By 1940 he and his family were living in Kenora and he became a member of the Canadian Legion, Kenora branch. In 1941 the Minnesota and Ontario Paper Co. was amalgamated with other companies to form the Ontario-Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company. Stanley was appointed assistant manager by 1943 and general manager in 1944.
Stanley and Margaret returned to the U.S. sometime in the 1950s. Their daughter Joan became a chemist and married Richard Davis in 1951 in Delaware. Stanley retired in 1957. He passed away in either Berwyn or Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on 11 August 1968, at age 77. Margaret died ten years later. They are buried in the Gaughan family plot at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lockport, New York.
Grave marker photo courtesy of Mike Niethe (#47990888) on Findagrave.