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For several years, Gertrude worked as housekeeper for Ferdinand King. She also worked at the A.L. Clark Drug Store. She was "well-known for her sewing and handiwork and kept the neighborhood children supplied with mittens during the winters."
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Odell was a farmer in Kingfield, Maine.
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During the Revolutionary War, in the summer and early autumn of 1777, a combined British and Hessian army group moved down from Canada through the valleys of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in New York in anattempt to cut the American colonies in two. The British soldiers were led by General "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. The Hessian troops were commanded by General Friedrich von Riedesel. A significant battle between that group and the Colonial Army was fought near Saratoga, New York, resulting in the defeat and surrender of the combined British and Hessian group (only 3,500 British soldiers were left out of the original army of 10,000). Under the terms of the surrender, the captured troops were to be marched to Boston by the shortest route, and then would be allowed to return to England, providing that they agreed not to re-enter the war.
The British troops were led to Boston by way of Williamstown and Northampton, Massachusetts. The Hessian troops were taken by way of Kinderhook, Great Barrington and West Springfield.
The Hessians arrived in West Springfield on 29 October 1777 after a most difficult journey through the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts. Many of the men and all of the officers were given shelter in the homes of the residents of the town. It appears that the people and the country were attractive to the Hessians, because several of them deserted, intending to remain in Massachusetts. Among those who stayed behind, married local women and became residents of West Springfield was Johann Heinrich (Henry) Solter. See pages 34-35 of WEST SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, A TOWN HISTORY by Esther M. Swift (West Springfield, MA: The West Springfield Heritage Association for the Town, 1969).
Henry and Sabra had a total of 7 children: Jonathan (b. 15 Nov 1780), Lucretia (b. 24 Feb 1782), Henry, Jr. (b. 6 Jan 1785), Zerviah Leonard (b. 12 Oct 1788), John (b. 12 March 1790), Oren (b. 2 March 1792) and Sabra.
Henry's last name has been spelled Solter, Soelter, Selter and Salter.
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Frank enlisted in the US Army on 26 October 1918, and served only until 7 December 1918. He was also a student at the University of Maine at Orono at the time.
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Josiah was a physician in Boston, specializing in nose and throat.
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Fred was a farmer in Foxcroft, Maine.
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Susie was the adopted daughter of Fred and Mary Chandler. Her birth name was Strathick.
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Alfred served in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting at Portland on 26 February 1943.
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Joseph enlisted as a Private in Co. E, 19th Maine Infantry on 26 August 1862. He was promoted to Full Sergeant First Class in 1864, and was mustered out with the unit on 21 May 1865.
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Warren enlisted in the U.S. Army on 21 March 1941.
He never married.
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George chose to end his life by suicide.