Walter STERCHI was living at ‘Arosa’ in Seamer when he died. In an article written ten years ago for Old LaF, Suzanne Pollard notes that Arosa is a town in Switzerland, Walter’s home country. He married a Filey girl in 1919 and they set up as confectioners in Murray Street, a few doors away from the competition – Albin’s.
Suzanne was unable to confirm a relationship between the two makers of chocolates, but she discovered the Albin family hailed from Chur, in the Canton of Grisons, just a 40-minute car journey from Arosa. Walter’s arrival in Filey was surely not a coincidence.
Albin’s seems to have closed down in the 1960s but the Sterchi name can still be seen in Hope Street.
Walter is remembered on the headstone of his in-laws, John George WALLER and Mary Ann née WHEELER – and they have not been brought together yet on FamilySearch.
I can only offer an incomplete “Anniversary Grid” today. The three headstones will find their way onto the Shared Tree eventually.