Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Ogden City Cemetery
Ogden, Utah, United States
"DEFENSE DEPOT OGDEN SAFETY AWARD is presented to Marvin L. Stagge for accident-free work performance over a period of 1 year ending 27 Apr 71, F. W. Haught, Col., USMC

Utah General Depot baseballers, top, and Railroad Boosters, lower photo, will be two of the eight contenders for the Weber Centennial baseball crown at Affleck park, August 12, 13, 14 and 15. Top photo (fourth from left front row) Marvin Stagge....
Ogden Standard-Examiner, August 3, 1947

California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959
Lost or Manifest of Aliens Employed on the Vessell as Members of Crew

Name:  Marvin L. Stagge
Vessel: Luxembourg Victory
arriving at San Francisco, California Aug 8 - 1944 from the port of Suva, Fiji
Whether Member on Last Voyage: No
Length of service at sea: 2 mos
Position in ship's company: M.M.
Shipped or engaged: 5/23 at San Francisco
Whether to be discharged at port of arrival:  Yes
Whether able to read: Yes
Age: 23
Race: Dutch
Nationality: USA
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 160
Physical marks, peculiarities, or disease: none

List of Aliens Employed on the Vessel as Members of Crew
Vessel: S. S. Monterey arriving at San Francisco, California April 15, 1944 from the port of  Milne Bay, New Guinea
Member of the crew on last voyage:  No
Name Stagge Marvin
Length of service at sea: 0
Position in ship's company: Scullion
Shipped or engaged:  3/7/44 San Francisco
Age: 23
Race: USA
Nationality: USA
Height: 5 8
Weight: 160
Physical marks, peculiarities, or disease: scar/cheek

California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957 record for Marvin L. Stagge
List or Manifest of Aliens Employed on the Vessel, as Members of Crew

Name: Marvin L Stagge
Arrival Date: 7 August 1944
Age: 23
Birth Date: About 1921
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: Dutch
Ship Name: Luxembourg Victory
Port of Arrival: San Francisco, California
Port of Departure: Suva; Fiji

California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1893-1957 record for Marvin Stagge
List or Manifest of Aliens Employed on the Vessel, as Members of Crew

Marvin Stagge
Arrival Date: 15 April 1944
Age: 23
Birth Date: About 1921
Gender: Male
Ethnicity: USA (American)
Ship Name: Monterey
Length of Service at Sea: 0
Position in ship's company: Scullion
Shipped or Engaged: 3/7/44 - San Francisco
Whether to be Discharged at Port of Arrival: Y
Whether Able to Read: Y
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 160
Physical Marks: scar/cheek
Port of Arrival: San Francisco, California
Port of Departure: Milne Bay; New Guinea
Archive information (series:roll number):

Military Record
Serial: #4407-00237
STAGGE, Marvin Louis              MARITIME
Born: September 7, 1930 in Utah.
Wife: Beth Schow Stagge, 3209 Wall Ave., Ogden, Utah
ENROLLED Dec 28, 1943 at SLC., sent to Avalon Jan.9, 1943.

found on ancestry.com

Birth announcement in Ogden Standard-Examiner on January 19, 1941, lists address as 2281 Kiesel, Ogden, Utah. Birth announcement for Gary Louis Stagge born on January 8, 1941.

Washington Junior High school students who have done outstanding work during the past two years were honored Thursday at the award assembly....Those who received activity awards are: ...Marvin Stagge...
Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 31, 1936

16 Selected for Legion TourneySixteen players were chosen last week as members of the squad which will represent Herman Baker post of Ogden in the American Legion district two baseball tournament here in July, said Coach Aaron Horne. They are ...Marvin Stagge....
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 28, 1936

Youth Hear Praise Words
Legion Commander Gives Banquet for Title Winners

Members of the Ogden American Legion junior baseball team, champions of the district during the season just closed, heard their activities praised at a banquet given by Commander George Meyer in the dining room of Jim's cafe, Wednesday evening.

Chef de Gare George D. Shupe, of the Forty and Eight, talked on the sportsmanship derived from clean athletics. A. K. Cross, who acted as chairman, spoke on the success of the boys and the activities of the tournament in which they won first out of seven teams. Bruce Hamilton praised the enthusiasm of the junior organization, and expressed the hope more teams will enter the league next year. The coach, Aaron Horne, declared he had never coached a finer and cleaner group of boys.

Each player spoke enthusiastically concerning his experiences.

The boys in attendance at the meeting were...Marvin Stagge....
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, September 17, 1936

Fireman Called to Help Injured Boy
Fireman answered an inhalator call to the home of Marvin Stagge, 17, of 3209 Wall, when the youth lapsed into unconsciousness after receiving a head injury while playing ball at Becker's field Tuesday night.

When they arrived, however, he had regained consciousness and apparently was on the way to recovery.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 8, 1938

Clix Service Enters State Semi-Pro Diamond Event
Sixteen Teams to Seek Gonfalon in Four Day Tourney

Fred Ketchem Predicts Spirited Competition in Diamond Series; Former American League Champions Will Bid for 1938 Flag

Clix Service baseballers of the Sunday Morning league, today officially entered the Utah state semi-pro baseball tournament, scheduled for July 14, 15, 16, and 17, at Brigham City. The youngsters captured the state American League title last year.

Fred Ketchem is managing the Clix Service aggregation. Clix Swaner is the team sponsor.

"Our team is composed entirely of youngsters," said Manager Ketchem today. "The team boasts a number of sensational young performers, some that have attracted attention already of scouts.

"We realize of course that the tournament will be hotly contested and that some powerful clubs will compete. The Clix Service team may not romp home with the pendant, but we'll guarantee they'll make it mighty interesting for the other clubs.

"Brigham's new lighted field makes Brigham City the ideal location for a tournament of this kind. The affair promises to attract fine crowds and is a cinch to produce some spirited battled."

Each club enrolling in the tournament will be allowed 15 players. The entries close July 10.

Manager Ketcham today announced his partial roster of players as follows: ...Shortstop - Marvin Stagge...

The joust is sponsored by the junior chamber of commerce of Brigham City.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 30, 1938

Ogdenite Fined in Plates Case
Driver Pleads Guilty in Borrowing Licenses for Auto

BRIGHAM CITY, May 9 - The following cases came before Judge Wesley Horsley in the city court on Monday: Marvin Stagge, 18, Ogden, pleaded guilty to driving an automobile with improper license plates. He was fined $10.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 9, 1939

Reported to Police
Marvin L. Stagge of 3052 Jefferson reported to Ogden police the theft of an auto stereo four tapes from his car while parked in his garage.
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, September 7, 1970

Washington to Make Bid for Grid Gonfalon
Horne Pleased with is 1936 Machine; Porter will Lead Squad
Washington Junior high football will trot out a capable team when the 1936 Junior high grid season gets under way, according to Coach Aaron Horne.

"Prospects are indeed bright for 1936," said Coach Horne. "We will have a number of veterans back and of course many newcomers will bid for posts on the team.

"Practice will open officially on September 8."

Washington's 1936 squad is composed of the following players:

...Backfield...Marvin Stagge (last name listed).
The Ogden Standard-Examiner, 23 August 1936

Marvin Louis Stagge, 54, of 3052 Jefferson, died Monday at the McKay Hospital of pneumonia.

Mr. Stagge was born September 7, 1920, in Ogden, a son of Louis A. and Lura Minnie Parker Stagge.

On February 1940, he was married to Beth Schow in Brigham City.

He had worked in the maintenance department of Williams Research Co., and was former parts manager for the Cortese Ford Motor Company in Richmond, California.

He had lived in Ogden and moved to Concord, California, in 1941, returning to Ogden in 1967.

He was a member of the Ogden 9th LDS Ward and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II.

Surviving are his widow of Ogden, two sons and one daughter, Gary L. Stagge, Concord, California; Bruce C. Stagge, Lyman, Wyoming; Mrs. Arnold (JoAnn) Miller, Orem, Utah; three grandchildren.

Also surviving are three brothers, Delbert E. Stagge, Ralph J. Stagge, both of Ogden; Floyd Stagge, Plain City.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Lindquist and Sons Colonial Chapel with Bishop Charles L. Datwyler of the 9th Ward officiating.

Friends may call at the mortuary Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday prior to services. Interment in Ogden City Cemetery.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 27, 1975

Utah, Military Records, 1861-1970 Record for Marvin Louis Stagge
Serial #4407-00237
Stagge, Marvin Louis Maritime
Born: September 7, 1920 in Utah
Wife: Beth Schow Stagge, 3209 Wall Avenue, Ogden, Utah
Enrolled: December 28, 1943 at Salt Lake City, sent to Avalon January 9, 1943
found on ancestry.com

Polk's Ogden (Utah) City Directory
1938 - Stagge, Marvin L, driver A&A Messenger Del r3209 Wall Av
1939 - Stagge, Marvin L, porter UP Stages r3209 Wall Av
1941 - Stagge, Marvin L (Beth) h88 Wilson la
1942 - Stagge, Marvin L 88

Washington Junior Holds Variety Program in School Gym
Eighteen boxing and wrestling contests and a pair of battle royals held the attention of more than 300 fans at the annual smoker at Washington Junior High school last night.

Aaron W. Horne directed the program and Bret Herrick was the referee. Rubo Ellis was the time keeper along with Harold Welch. Walter Woolsey decisioned Dale Parks in one of the feature mit contests.

The following fistic events resulted in draw verdicts:...Parley Davis and Marvin Stagge....
Ogden Standard-Examiner, January 30, 1937.

Washington Diamond Team Ready to Defend Title
Two Regulars to Aid Champions in Next Pennant Race
Washington Junior high baseballers, with only two veterans back in togs, are ready to defend their 1936 Ogden Junior High diamond championship, Aaron Horne, coach, announced today.

"Marvin Stagge, shortstop and relief pitcher, and Keith Gale, outfielder, are the only regulars back for the 1937 session," said Coach Horne today. ....
Ogden Standard-Examiner, April 8, 1937

Legion Team to Play for Coastal Title
Utah Champions Depart Thursday; Stockton Stages Tourney

Fifteen Ogden American Legion baseball players, will leave Ogden Thursday at nine-thirty a.m. for Stockton, California, where they will compete in the western regional tournament Saturday and Sunday.

Aaron Horne, coach of the team, will be in charge of the party. The Ogdenites are slated to play their first game either Saturday morning or Saturday afternoon.

Players named for the trip are:...Marvin Stagge...

"Several parents of the players will also make the trip," said Coach Horne today.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, 11 August 1937

Double Card is scheduled for Ball Fans
Evanston and Smithfield to Test Local Machines in Loop Contests
Semi-pro clubs of the Utah-Idaho and Wasatch leagues will provide fans of Ogden with a double-header at Reddy Kilowatt field Sunday. Ogden Bamboo of the U-I league will meet Smithfield at one p.m. in the first game. Two hours later Ogden Oaks of the Wasatch League will battle Evanston, Wyoming of the same circuit.

A small admission will be charged for the twin bill. This will be the first semi-pro program of the year at the new field at Sixteenth and Brinker.

Both the Oaks and Bamboo plan to enroll in the Utah semi-pro tournament in Brigham City July 4 to 18 inclusive.

Each of the local clubs has a fine following and indications point to nice attendance.

Ogden Bamboo will meet Preston at Preston Saturday in a night contest. George Vaughn is managing the Bamboo.

Archie "Lou" Sophia, first baseman is the new manager of the Ogden Oaks. He has played semi-pro ball in these parts for many years.

Manager Sofia announced the team roster as follows today: ...Infielders -- ...Marvin Stagge.....
Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 10, 1939

Laybourne Directs Brigham Ball Club
Brigham City, April 28th - The Brigham ball club is getting off with a seasonal start by playing the first game of the year with Magna at that place Sunday. On Wednesday, a home game will be played at the local ball park starting at eight-fifteen p.m. Dale Laybourne, former shortstop for the Ogden Reds, is Brigham's manager and the local boys who will appear on the home town team include:...Marvin Stagge....

The local team will work every evening at the ball park beginning at seven-thirty p.m. Other Brigham or Box Elder county boys who wish to try out for a place on the local team are urged to put in an appearance at the practice games.

New uniforms have been ordered and the local team has every indication of having a profitable season, observers point out.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, April 28, 1942

Donkey Ball Set for Tonight; Kids Can Go Free
All kids, under 12, accompanied by their parents, can see the donkey ball game, polo game, and musical chair demonstration free tonight at eight o'clock at the softball park immediately south of the baseball diamond at John Affleck park.

Playing ball donkey-back will be two teams picked from local softball squads. The Dirty Shirts will include.... The White Collar players will be .....Marvin Stagge.....

Wednesday at eight p.m. the "Original Globe Trotters, " Ogden will attempt to ride the donks to victory over a team composed of Ogden business men with a sprinkling of city officials, including Commissioner Edward T. Saunders.

Jack Moore's traveling donkeys will be used in the colorful program. Before the war the donkeys wowed capacity crowds in Ogden and other parts of the state.

Glen Cherry, one of Ogden's outstanding softball pitchers is directing the program. He anticipates one of the biggest crowds of the season.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, September 9, 1947

Washington Will Rule Favorite in New Court Season
JUNIOR HIGH basketball players will open-the 1936 championship race January 17 and conclude their schedule February 21, Dave Wangsgaard, athletic supervisor for the Juniors announced today.

Central, defending champions, will meet serious competition in the new season from the other clubs of the circuit.

Washington, on paper, looks like the team to beat. The Aaron Horne machine boasts size, experience and ability.

Thirty-seven players are bidding for posts on the Washington team. The roster follows:...Marvin Stagge....
Ogden Standard-Examiner, December 6, 1935

Presenting the Washington junior high baseball team, champions of the junior high league for 1936. Back row, left to right, Aaron Horne, coach; Keith Peterson, first base; F. T. Wiggins, principal; Parley Davis third base; third row, left to right, LeRoy Krumperman, rf; Jack Wecker, captain and catcher; Carl Yarrington, lf; Billy Porter, manager, and Bob Henstra, rf; second row, left to right, Paul Lane, p; Frank Lewis, cf; Walter Woolsey, infielder; Verle Pierson, p; Edwin Stringer, inflelder; front row left to right, Ray Pierson, infielder; Keith Gale, cf; Irwin Porter, of; Wayne Boyle, 2b; Mack Cook, p; Marvin Stagge, ss; Ira Craig, pitcher and outfielder, absent when photo was taken.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, May 31, 1936.

Amblers Take Long GameFor the second time this season,Utah General Depot and Amblers went into extra innings before the winning run was scored. This time Amblers came out on the long end of the 3 to 2 score as Nelson bested Fisher in a fine pitching duel. Except for Cisowski's inside the park homer in the second, no batter connected until Stagge doubled down the left field line in the seventh for the Depot to eventually score the tieing run on Fisher's bunt. Swanke scored in similar fashion for Amblers in the eighth as he came home after a short fly to center to score sliding on a play that ended in a whirl of dust and could have been called either way, so accurate was Bell's throw to the plate after the catch.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, July 31, 1947

Packers Suffer Two DefeatsZeke's Place and Railroad Boosters turned back American Pack in league games Sunday in the Ogden service league. Zeke's Place upset the Packers 13-0 with Lefty Morris giving up only two hits. Railroad Boosters smashed out a 10-15 decision over the Packers in the other game. Manning of the Boosters hit a home run with two men on the sacks. Stagge of the Boosters engineered two fancy double plays.
Ogden Standard-Examiner, June 3, 1946

"Here are three of the 20 natives Marvin Stagge and his shipmates found living on Nageli Lavu island in the South Pacific. These range from 14 to 16 years of age."

South Sea Stopover
Stagge, 43 Comrades, Find Life, Hope and Papaya on Tiny Pacific Island
When dawn broke on the South Pacific that mid-winter morning of 1944 it brought with it new hope for 44 merchant seamen who had been drifting in open boats for three and one-half days.

Those days had been marked by panic, tragedy, pain, monotony, and despair. The tiny atoll that now appeared on the horizon would certainly mean relief from the cramped lifeboats and an end to the monotony of the sea, but it could also mean starvation and a sandy grave. However, it was the possibility that the strip of land before them held fresh food and water, shelter from the tropical sun, relief from the inured, an eventual rescue that did most to raise their spirits.

One of those 44 seamen was Marvin Stagge, formerly of service stock and now of the service department.

Less than four days previously he had been steaming northward from Guadalcanal aboard the victory ship Luxemburg on which he was a cook. Without cargo and without convoy, the Luxemburg was returning Army officers to the United States.

Stagge and his mates were asleep in the foc'sle when shortly after midnight they were knocked to the deck by a jolting blast. A torpedo from a Jap sub had struck amidships.

The events that immediately followed are fogged in Stagge's memory. He does remember a cabin mate carefully packing his seabag and frantic attempts to secure watertight doors. Then there was the order to abandon ship.

Four boats were lowered, two of them motor launches equipped with sea anchors, the other two open lifeboats. Stagge drew one of the latter.

Twenty-four minutes after she had been hit the Luxemburg was enveloped by the sea.

The four boats hadn't been adrift long when a squall upset the placid surface of the moonlit water. The launches were able to hold their positions with sea anchors, but the lifeboats were battered about recklessly by the churning sea. Together, after drifting for three and one-half days, they reached the beach of Mageli Lavu island.

As they came closer to the small isle -- about the size of a city block -- they could see that it was inhabited. Natives, tall muscular men, were standing on the beach.

"We wanted to appease these men and did everything in our power to show them that we were friendly. We talked pig latin and made every sound we thought might help us be understood. We used sign language -- all the gestures we had seen explorers use in the movies."

And it turned out like it so often does in the movies --

"Our efforts seemed futile. The natives just stared. We were becoming frantic when one of the natives asked:

"'What d'ya say, Joe?"

It was easy after that.

There were still hardships but they were fewer and easier to bear now that chances of survival had been increased.

There were twenty-two natives on the island - five men, fifteen women, and two children. They had been placed there by the British a year previously.

There was food. The island held an abundant supply of bananas, pineapple, coconut, and papaya. Fish were a frequent and substantial part of the diet.

There was shelter. The natives aided the men in constructing huts of banana branches.

And there was recreation. By day the men were entertained by the natives who, after seeing that their guests were impressed by their talents, were eager to outdo each other. They scrambled up the coconut palms and dove deep and long beneath the surface of the sea.

At night there was singing around the fires. The seamen taught their hosts the old American ballads and the natives reciprocated with island chants. The islanders did particularly well on "The Old Mill Stream."

But the atmosphere was somber. From the natives it was learned that Nageli Lavu was a part of the Fiji group but that the closest other isle in the galaxy was 500 miles away. A ship hadn't been seen in weeks.

Some of the men were seriously injured. Stagge himself had a brain concussion. The small first aid kits from the life boats were the only medical supplies.

As days passed morale fell. Planes were sighted occasionally, but attempts to attract them with rockets and flares were futile.

Spirits were quickly revived when on the fifteenth day an aircraft carrier was sighted and attracted by the frantic signals. After receiving medical attention in an island hospital, the rescued mariners were returned to the United States.

Stagge returned to Ford-Richmond in February 1945. Looking back on the experience he states:
"It was one of those things you wouldn't miss for the world, but wouldn't go through again for anything."

He is married and the father of two children.
Richmond News, November 1946, Page 8. (The Ford paper)

U.S. Social Security Death Index for Marvin Stagge
First Name: Marvin
Middle Name:
Last Name: Stagge
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 7 September 1920
Social Security Number: 529-09-0807
Place of Issuance: Utah
Last Residence:
Zip Code of Last Residence:
Death Date: May 1975
Estimated Age at Death: 55
found on familysearch.org

United States Census, 1930 for Marvin Stagge
Name: Marvin Stagge
Event: Census Event
Date: 1930 Event
Place: Ogden, Weber, Utah
Gender: Male Age: 9
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Birthplace: Utah
Estimated Birth Year: 1921
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Father's Birthplace: Utah
Mother's Birthplace: Utah
Enumeration District Number: 0015
Family Number: 304
Sheet Number and Letter: 14A
Line Number: 32
NARA Publication: T626, roll 2424
Film Number: 2342158
Digital Folder Number: 4547822
Image Number: 00603
Parent - Louis Stagge, M, 35
Parent - Lura Stagge, F, 34
Child - Marvin Stagge, M, 9
Child - Velda Stagge, F, 7
Child - Delbert Stagge, M, 6
Child - Ralph Stagge, M, 4
Found on familysearch.org

Personal Record
Blessed 3 October 1928 by Joseph Parker (grandfather)
Baptized 28 October 1928 in Ogden, Weber, Utah by John E. Fowler and Confirmed 28 October 1928 by John F. Fowler
Ordained a Deason 18 December 1932 by Horace E. Garner
Married Beth Schow on 21 February 1940 in Briahm City, Utah by Bishop Wilford Freeman
found in genealogy book of Beth Schow Stagge

These Athletes Provide Story Book Diamond Drama
STATE AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL CHAMPIONS. . . That is sweet music today to the ears of these Ogden youngsters.  The Ogden team, after stubborn competition to get to the state finals, provided a story book finish at Brigham City Tuesday.  The Harman Baker post team will now represent Utah in the western finals at Stockton, California, next week end.  Back row, left to right: Coach Aaron Horne; Stringer, utility; Gibson, 1b; Schofield, lf; Caranshan, p; Driscell, p; Hepworth, c; Woosey, 3b, and George F. Meyer, vice-commander, department of Utah.  Front row, left to right: Stone, cf; Beck, 2b; Gudmundson, utility infielder; Franch, rf; Stagge, ss; Dalton, outfielder and Baird, pitcher.  Photo by Ralph Furney, Standard-Examiner staff.

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