Barbara Stallman Speck

Profile Updated: March 14, 2009
Class Year: 1959
Residing In: Oacoma, SD USA
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Occupation/Profession: Retired
Children: Donn (b. SD), Sindi (b. UT), Bill (b. NM), d. SD-1997), Casey (b. NV-); three grandchildren: Jason (Donn's), More…Morgan (Sindi's) and Taylor (Casey's); one great-granddaughter, Lauren (Jason's).
What have you been doing since leaving Reliance High:

I did not make it until 1959. I left school on the eighth day of my sophomore year to go to Chamberlain, get a room and a job and on with my life.
After we married, we followed the Atomic Energy Commission and the oilfields through NM, CO, UT, WY, CA, NV, NE, MT, ND before returning to Oacoma, SD after the oil fields shut down. Ed started his housing construction business and I started dabbling with my Stallman genealogy.My aunt, Victoria Stallman probably didn't know it, but she was our first Stallman historian/genealogist and had one of those familial treasure troves everyone would like to inherit and fortunately for me, I inherited hers and the rest, as they say, is history.
I became very involved in civic matters with the City of Oacoma; clerked at the Oacoma post office, historical preservation (Hotel Taft, Gov. MQ Sharpe house, the historic double bridges between Oacoma and Chamberlain. Sadly, both buildings were burned to the ground by arsonists. I worked for the Chamberlain-Oacoma Register as a columnist/reporter until it was sold.

I wrote and published the "Stallman Family History, 1881-1981" and genealogy got in my blood. In 1986, fellow RHS graduate, Marlys Swanson-Cosgrove, and I, along with three Brule county ladies, organized the Lyman-Brule Genealogical Society. She and I co-chaired the publication of a three-county history book and I have been involved in several cookbooks and a local history book.

In 1996, I took on a project as county coordinator for the genealogy of Lyman County with SDGENWEB, affiliated with the USGENWEB. I am a professional genealogist and webmaster of six familial websites.
We are both retired. Mr. Speck fishes or putters outside all summer and eats sweets all winter. I can almost always be found (anytime between 12 noon and 3 a.m) at my computer. So, in answer to what I have been doing ... this pretty much sums it up.

School Story:

I have never felt a connection to RHS like Frances, but when my kids' old school in Duchesne, UT put their school on a web site and I felt the excitement they were feeling at looking at all of their old friends, I knew RHS needed one, too. Now, Frances has taken the ball and is running with it. Good! I hope this is a wonderful success for everyone!

How often do you get back to Reliance?

About twice a year. I went there more when we lived out of state and came home on vacation.

What do you do in your spare time?

Genealogy, genealogy, genealogy. I'm pretty much house-bound so my computer doesn't cool down very often. I stay out of trouble back here in my little corner.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM
me, 2007
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Ed and his girlfriend
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:32 AM