The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 746, Van Buren Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"W.S. STALNAKER was born at Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, May 15, 1847, and is one of the ten children born to ELI and MALINDA SATALNAKER, natives respectively of Virginia and Indiana. These parents were married in Cass County, Indiana, where the mother died February 3, 1863. The father was thrice married, and became the parents of fifteen children, W. S. STALNAKER being one of the ten born from the first wife. In October, 1863, W. S. STALNAKER enlisted in Company B, Eighteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until 1864; he then re-enlisted, joining Company B, One Hundred and Forty-second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until July 18, 1865, when he was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky. Returning to Logansport, he married, February 3, 1877, ALICE FINK, who was born in Cass County May 10, 1848, and is the daughter of JACOB FINK. The following fall MR. STALNAKER moved to Star City, (Pulaski County, Indiana) where he engaged in carpentering until October, 1882, when he opened a general store, in which he has met with abindant success. His only child is named GUY H."