Stephen Torrey Dexter

28 October 1897–8 April 1985 (Age 87)
New London, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Stephen Torrey

When Stephen Torrey Dexter was born on 28 October 1897, in New London, Outagamie, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Rev. Frank Norman Dexter, was 37 and his mother, Emily Torrey Smith, was 42. He had at least 2 sons with Mildred Charlotte Carlstrom. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1946 and lived in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States in 1930 and East Lansing, East Lansing, Ingham, Michigan Territory, United States in 1940. He died on 8 April 1985, in Fulton Township, Gratiot, Michigan, United States, at the age of 87.

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Stephen Torrey Dexter
Mildred Charlotte Carlstrom
David Dexter
Charles Sodren Dexter

Spouse and Children



    David Dexter


    Charles Sodren Dexter


Parents and Siblings

    Rev. Frank Norman Dexter


    Emily Torrey Smith




    Martha Torrey Dexter


    John Smith Dexter


    Emily Smith Dexter




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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

Age 16

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

Age 23

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

English (East Midlands): occupational name from Middle English dyster ‘dyer’ ( see Dyer ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Stephen T Dexter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Steven Dexter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Steven Dexter in household of F N Dexter, "United States Census, 1910"

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