Bill Stalnaker found his utopia
The Stalnakers came from far and wide
William H. Stalnaker, 78, oldest son of the late Fenton and Opal Downs Stalnaker,
returned to Sunny Cal for a visit with the home folks. Stalnaker drove all the way from
Juneau, Alaska, a place he describes as "my utopia."
He was attending the Stalnaker Reunion at the Upper West Fork Park yesterday, and
his family turned out from far and wide for the event.
Stalnaker, a veteran of World War II, went to Alaska 38 years ago at age 40 and fell in
love with the place. "Everything felt right for me," he said.
"When I get back I'll be catching some King Crab. The state has only 650,000 people.
Plenty of elbow room," he concluded.
There are lots of Bill Stalnakers to write about, but one of the original Stalnakers in
the area was William A. and Louverna Chenoweth Stalnaker, residents of Rilla, later
re-named Orma. They had seven children, at one time all living in Sunny Cal.
The Stalnakers have been civic, community, business, church and political leaders in
Calhoun, in addition to being teachers. Many of them have been staunch Baptists and
Republicans, and beyond raising their families, have given much back to this
"It's my famous pie"
Bruna Arnold Penman (L) and Eva C. Payne (R)
A little rock 'n roll for Sunday afternoon
Paul Stalnaker (L) and Glenna Stalnaker Fleming (R)
The tables covered with country cookin'