While searching through the genealogy information available on the Internet recently, I ran across this document...
The database that led me to it listed the name as "Harsed Stalker" and I can see how the handwritten name could be interpreted that way. This was, of course, a name I had never heard before. The names of the father and mother were familiar to me though, Grandpa John Stalker and Grandma Angeline Bailey. That made Harsed a brother to Dad and my uncle.
Looking at the document a little closer, it tells a sad story. John and Angeline's third baby boy was born February 19, 1927 and died a few days later on February 28th. That's nine days the way I count them but the certificate lists his age as 11 days. Doc Deskins from Elkhorn City (Praise at that time) recorded 'Pneumonia' as the cause and didn't elaborate farther. I can't help but wonder if the cold February weather wasn't a contributing factor.
Dad had just turned two years old at this time and I wasn't sure he would know or remember anything about it. As we drove to Prestonsburg the other day I asked him if he knew anything about Grandpa John and Grandma Angeline losing a baby that was just a few days old.
"Oh yeah, that was Harold", he replied. "When he died that made me the baby again. Maggie and Homer used to say I was spoiled 'cause I was the baby twice. He's buried up there on the Wilson Cemetery right near old man George Stalker."
Dad indicated he had thought about having a headstone made but he wasn't sure which of the several rocks that marked burial sites of Stalker children there was the one for baby Harold, so he never had.