Mar. 6, 1882 Richmond Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA
Dec. 10, 1955 Lawrence Essex County Massachusetts, USA
Walter's parents were typical immigrants coming to America to better their and their family's lives. They crossed the Atlantic in 1879 with two children, Walter's older brother and sister and settled in Philadelphia PA. Walter was born threecyears later, as Ernst Walter Popofski, according to the entry in the Birth Records, in the Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. Two more brothers joined him and survived to adulthood, four other siblings did not. His mother died in 1895, when he was thirteen, the day after a stillborn son was born. No news of his father has been found after that time.
By 1900, the four surviving boys were living with their recently married sister Mary Furness in Philadelphia. On Jan. 30, 1902, Walter joined the US Army, and apparently was satisfied with with his four years there, as he reenlisted at least two more times, on Jan. 2, 1906 and again on March 30, 1912; more exist. The year 1918 found him in Springfield MA, at the Springfield Armory. While stationed here he met young Permena J. Currier, who worked at a local mill. They married in that city on Dec. 31, 1918.
Several years were spent in Ayer MA while stationed at Fort Divans and a stint in Newport RI kept him on the move but the family's real home, and where their six children grew up was Lawrence MA, where many of Permena's relatives were from. The couple had three sons and three daughters.