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Kōrli Stalte

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Kārlis Stalte (Livonian: Kōrli Stalte) – born on 10 August 1870 in Kesteri, Mazirbe. Graduate of the Riga Governorate Gymnasium. Worked as a civil servant in Riga and Liepaja, as a teacher in Dundaga and Mazirbe, and as a sacristan and organ player in Mazirbe; he was also the teacher of the Livonian language in Lielirbe, and the editor-in-chief of the monthly “Līvli” (1933-1939).

K. Stalte started writing in 1919. His works were published in Livonian books, calendars, and in “Līvli”. K. Stalte’s collection of poems was published in 1924 in Tallinn; in 1937-1942 the New Testament, translated in Livonian by K. Stalte, was published in Helsinki. K. Stalte is the author of the first Livonian ABC book and the fist elder of the Livonian Union (1923). K. Stalte’s poetry is included also in the modern Livonian collections of poems.

K. Stalte’s daughter Margareta Stalte was an active Livonian cultural worker in the 1920s and 1930s; she was the conductor of Mazirbe choir and wrote some songs using the lyrics written by her father.

In 1939, following his spouse who was of the Baltic German origin, K. Stalte emigrated to Germany. He died on 12 January 1947 in Germany, and he is buried there.

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