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John Henry Walker

John Henry Walker

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  • Name  John Henry Walker  [1, 2
    Born  3 Jul 1924  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Iowa Birth Records 
    • Name: John Henry Walker; Event: Birth; Event Date: 3 July 1924; Event Place: Morning Sun Township, Louisa, Iowa, United States; Gender: Male; Father: Samuel N. Walker; Mother: J. Reil Hannah; Film Number: 1870318; Digital Folder Number: 004708043; Image Number: 00566
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • John H. Walker, son, male, white, age 1, single, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Samuel N. Walker, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 55, name of mother: Jennie R. Hannah, mother's birthplace: Iowa, mother's age at last birthday: 32, place of marriage of parents: Davenport, Iowa, church affiliation: none
    Newspaper Article  30 Jun 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary

      Morning Sun (IA), June 30 -- The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this place planned a pleasant surprise for their parents at Saunders Grove at Mt. Pleasant Sunday, June 27, in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. A fine cafeteria picnic dinner was served after which there was an afternoon of visiting among kinsfolk. The children and grand children present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson and Dorothy Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walker; Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (sic) Hickenbottom, James, Ella Mae, and Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, John Henry, Viola Belle, William, Ruth, Leota, and Sammie of Morning Sun; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. McDonald (sic) and Ruby Lea, Rex and Bobby Lee of Mt. Hamil. Besides these there were a number of other relatives present.
    Census  1930  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • John H. Walker, son, male, white, age 5, single, attended school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, occupation none
    High School  1942  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Morning Sun High School 
    Military  1944  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • John Henry Walker entered the army in March 1944; he was a private, and was sent to overseas duty in September 10, 1944 (sent first to England). He was a member of the 1st Army, and was declared Missing in Action in November 1944.
    World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946  18 Mar 1944  Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 about John H Walker; Name: John H Walker; Birth Year: 1924; Race: White, citizen; Nativity State or Country: Iowa; State: Iowa; County or City: Louisa; Enlistment Date: 18 March 1944; Enlistment State: Iowa; Enlistment City: Camp Dodge Herrold; Branch: No branch assignment; Branch Code: No branch assignment; Grade: Private; Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law; Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men); Source: Civil Life; Education: 4 years of high school; Civil Occupation: Automobile Serviceman; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Height: 00; Weight: 006
    Died  24 Nov 1944  near Aachen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 9
    Newspaper Article  11 Jan 1945  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • John Walker Missing in Action

      Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker have been officially notified that their son, Pvt. John Walker, is missing in action on November 24 in France. Pvt. Walker entered the army in March 1944 and was sent to overseas duty in early September. He is a member of the 1st Army that has figured in a great deal of action during the last few months. John was a Morning Sun visitor last August when he was en route from a California camp to the embarkation center.
    Newspaper Article  15 Feb 1945  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    The Wapello Republican 
    • Shown above are the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Walker, Route 2, Wapello, all of whom are serving in the U. S. army, and all of them overseas in the European war theater. They are left to right as follows: Pfc. John H. Walker (listed missing in action), T-4 Sgt. William D. Walker and Cpl. Paul M. Walker.

      Pfc. John H. Walker is listed missing in action in Germany since November 24, 1944, according to a message received from the war department January 10. No further word concerning him has been received. He was inducted into service on March 17, 1944, at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, and was sent from there to Camp Roberts, California, where he received basic training in an infantry unit. In August he was transferred to Camp Geo. G. Meade, Maryland, and on September 10 was sent across to England. Soon thereafter he was sent to the front lines and had been in France and Belgium. At the siege of Aachen, in Germany, he was in one of the two battalions whose job it was to encircle Aachen and they held this line until the garrison surrendered October 22. The last word received from him was dated November 14, 1944.

      T-4 Sgt. William D. Walker was inducted into the service in November 1942, and sent to Camp Beal California for training in the armored branch of the service. He was detailed in charge of part of the guns and was advanced to the rank of T-sergeant with the 13th Division in December 1943. The division moved to Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas, and in May 1944 he was sent to the armored school at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, where he received his certificate of proficiency on June 3. After a visit at home he returned to Brownwood where he remained until he was sent overseas about January 18, 1945. No word of his arrival overseas has been received at this writing. His address at present is:

      T-4 William D. Walker, 37445721 APO 363 care PM New York, New York

      Cpl. Paul M. Walker was inducted into service at Salt Lake City, Utah, October 28, 1943, and was sent to Fort Douglas, Utah, for training. Later he was transferred to Sheppard Field in Texas and thereafter to airfields at Wilmington, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia. In March 1944, he was sent to a port of embarkation and thence in England. Since his arrival overseas he has been in France and other nations on the western front. As he is serving in detached service with the air force he is on the move most of the time with a group of men from his branch of service. His address at last report was:

      Cpl. Paul M. Walker, 89835870 APO 134, care PM, New York, New York
    Death Notice  6 Dec 1945  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • JOHN WALKER DECLARED DEAD BY WAR DEPARTMENT
      MISSING IN ACTION FOR MORE THAN A YEAR - PRESUMED DEAD.

      Pfc John H. Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker of this place, has been officially declared killed in action after his name has been carried on the rolls of missing for more than a year.

      John entered the service in March 1944, and was sent overseas in September of that year. The following November 24 he was reported missing in action and since that time no official word has been received by his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Walker exhausted every resource in efforts to gain knowledge of their son and although on at least one occasion it seemed that there might be some grounds for hope that John was alive, the communication just received from the War Department is the first official message bearing on the young man's fate. John is the sixth Morning Sun boy to die in action in World War II.

      The full text of the dispatch to Mr. and Mrs. Walker is given below:

      Dear Mr. and Mrs. Walker,

      Since your son, Private First Class John H. Walker, 37692327, Infantry, was reported missing in action 24 November 1944, the War Department has entertained the hope that he survived and that information would be revealed dispelling the uncertainty surrounding his absence. However, as in many cases, the condition of warfare deny us such information. The record concerning your son shows that he participated in an attack on a hill near Schonthal, Germany, on 24 November 1944. During the advance on the enemy, in the vicinity of the hill, the company suffered many casualties and your son became missing in the morning during the attack. Although a detailed search was made afterward he was not located and no trace of your son has been found since that time.

      Full consideration has recently been given to all available information bearing on the absence of your son, including all records, reports, and circumstances. These have been carefully reviewed and considered. In view of the fact that twelve months have now expired without the receipt of evidence to support a continued presumption of survival, the War Department must terminate such absence by a presumptive finding of death. Accordingly, an official finding of death has been recorded under the provisions of Public Law 490, 77th Congress, approved March 7, 1942, as amended.

      The finding does not establish an actual or probable date of death; however, as required by law it includes a presumptive date of date for the termination of pay and allowances, settlements of accounts and payment of death gratuities. In the case of your son this date has been set as 25 November 1945, the day following the expiration of two months' absence.

      I regret the necessity for this measure, but trust that the ending of a long period of uncertainty may give at least some small measure of consolation. I hope you may find sustaining comfort in the thought that the uncertainty with which war has surrounded the absence of your son has enhanced the honor of his service to his country and of his sacrifice.

      Sincerely yours,
      Edward F. Witsell,
      Major General
      Acting the Adjutant General of the Army
    Military  20 Dec 1945  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker received a letter the first of the week stating that the Purple Heart Medal had been awarded to their son, Pfc. John Walker who was officially declared dead by the War Department after he had been missing in action since November 24, 1944.
    Letters and Cards  1 Aug 1972  [14
    • THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
      WASHINGTON, DC. 20315

      To: Mrs. Trevor M. Kimble, Sr.

      Dear Mrs. Kimble:

      Thank you for your letter of July 14, 1972.

      Your brother was among those servicemen and women of World War II who were missing in action or lost or buried at sea. In accordance with our government's program of honoring the memory of those of our Dead whose remains were not recovered or identified, his name has been permanently inscribed upon the Tablets of the Missing of the memorial at the Netherlands American Cemetery, Margrate Holland. Information concerning the memorial is contained in the enclosed pamphlet. The pages in which you are interested have been marked for your convenience.

      We are mailing to you within the next four weeks a color lithograph of the Netherlands American Cemetery with a black-and-white photograph mounted on it of the section of the Tablets of the Missing where your brother's name is engraved.

      Should you desire to place a floral decoration at the section of the Tablets of the Missing where your brother's name appears, the arrangements can be made through this Commission. Attached are several forms that may be used for this purpose. Checks and money orders for floral decorations should be made payable to the ABMC, Flower Fund. As a guide, the cost of a suitable spray in the area is $6-8.00. The flowers available for use in sprays vary from season to season, but if a certain flower is requested, we will do our best to obtain it.

      Please let us know if there is any way in which we may be of further service.

      Sincerely, Marilyn F. Mallwitz Chief, Operations Division
    A Letter From the American Battle Monuments Commission to Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' (Walker) Kimble
    A Letter From the American Battle Monuments Commission to Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble
    Marilyn F. Mallwitz of the American Battle Monuments Commission in Washington, D.C., wrote Marge Kimble August 1, 1972, regarding her brother, John Henry Walker, who was listed as missing in action during World War II. She gave further information regarding the inscription of the names of those whose remains were not recovered or identifiedas being listed on a memorial in the Netherlands. (The scan of this letter was provided courtesy of Marge Kimble.)
    Newspaper Article  10 Sep 1972  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Mystery of Missing Morning Sun GI in World War II Unravels; by Les Peck

      Morning Sun (IA) -- More than a quarter of a century ago, Morning Sun soldier John Walker disappeared in a German forest while fighting with his World War II Army buddies.

      Now, 28 years after Walker was last seen alive on November 24, 1944, his family is beginning to learn what might have happened to this youthful GI.

      The puzzle surrounding Walker is being pieced together by Roger Aldinger, 48, a veteran of the Big War who operates a farm machinery repair shop on Sigourney Route 2.

      Aldinger has corresponded with Walker's sister, Mrs. Marjorie Kimble, Morning Sun, and has had one personal visit with Mr. Kimble and her husband Trevor at his Sigourney home.

      Aldinger will visit the Kimble home here later this fall to show pictures and other documentation of the battle area where he and Walker served. No date has been set for the visit.

      Mrs. Kimble explained how the researcher began tracing her brother during an interview at her home, which included a reading of the correspondence between the Sigourney man and Mrs. Kimble.

      Walker was 20 and working on the farm of his father, S. N. Walker, when he was drafted in March 1944. He was home on leave in August before he was shipped to the European front.

      The GI apparently was killed November 24, 1944, in the Hurtgen forest during a 2-week long battle near Schonthal, Germany.

      Walker's parents were informed in a letter November 25, 1945, from Major General Edward Witsell that no trace of their son could be found, and that the Army had officially declared him dead.

      Aldinger, who began research into World War II to locate areas in which he fought, heard of Walker by coincidence. He knew Marion Barnes of Sigourney, former Wapello postmaster, and he recalled seeing an advertisement in a VFW magazine in 1947 inserted by Walker's father asking for information about his son. Aldinger got Mrs. Kimble's name from a telephone book and began writing her.

      Walker and Aldinger were a half-mile apart in the forest fighting, Aldinger believes, a conclusion he drew partially as a result of visiting the Schonthal area in 1966 with his wife, Elizabeth, who helps him with research.

      Both men were in the 1st Infantry Division -- Walker in the 18th Regiment and Aldinger in the 26th Regiment.

      The battle involved eight divisions (120,000 men), Aldinger said, in an area the size of Keokuk county. From November 16 to December 6, there were 44,000 men killed, wounded, or missing.

      Walker's name has been found on the Tablets of the Missing memorial in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Holland, but there is no proof that he was killed or was buried there.

      The government is to send Mrs. Kimble a color picture of the cemetery and a black and white photo of the portion of the tablet with her brother's name.

      Aldinger believes that more information can be brought to light. He is continuing his research, working by letter with a German named Peter, whom he met in 1966 and who lives near Hurtgen forest. Peter was in the German army stationed about five miles from the 1944 battle.

      Mrs. Kimble's sister, Viola, Corpus Christi, Texas, will be in Morning Sun this fall when Aldinger visits here. Only other person in the immediate family is a brother, Robert, Fort Worth, Texas.
    Research  Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Margraten, , Limburg, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    • A monument at the cemetery for American soldiers exists at Margraten in the Netherlands. John H. Walker's name is on that monument.
    Buried  U. S. Military Cemetery, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Person ID  I186  All Families
    Last Modified  27 Feb 2014 

    Father  Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker,   b. 24 Jul 1869, a log house two miles north of New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1957, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jennie Reil "Reil" Hannah,   b. 20 Jul 1892, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Feb 1958, Burlington Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    School  Between 1914 and 1915  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • (Sam Walker was the director for Midway School, and Reil Hannah was its teacher for the school year 1914-1915:)

      Midway School
      District No. 10
      Louisa County, Iowa
      Term ending May 7, 1915

      Reil Hannah, Teacher
      Miss Izola Sweeney - County Superintendent.

      SCHOOL OFFICERS

      Sameul (sic) Walker, Director
      T. J. Callahan, President
      Robert Newell, Secretary

      Pupils

      Merle Thompson
      Karl Wischmeier
      Clifford Walker
      Linda Eklund
      Donald Jamison
      Ross Walker
      Cecil Blair
      Myrtle Walker
      Dorothy Jamison
      Edith Eklund
      Audrey Thompson
      Reta Van Winkle
      Paul Walker
      Glen Perry
      Nellie Cowles
      Pauline Otto
      Richard Otto
      Edith Cowels
      Evelyn Van Winkle
    Married  27 Mar 1920  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    Newspaper Article  30 Jun 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary

      Morning Sun (IA), June 30 -- The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this place planned a pleasant surprise for their parents at Saunders Grove at Mt. Pleasant Sunday, June 27, in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. A fine cafeteria picnic dinner was served after which there was an afternoon of visiting among kinsfolk. The children and grand children present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson and Dorothy Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walker; Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (sic) Hickenbottom, James, Ella Mae, and Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, John Henry, Viola Belle, William, Ruth, Leota, and Sammie of Morning Sun; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. McDonald (sic) and Ruby Lea, Rex and Bobby Lee of Mt. Hamil. Besides these there were a number of other relatives present.
    Newspaper Article  31 Aug 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Morning Sun Club Gives a Farewell; Visitors in Town

      [...] Mr. and Mrs. Matt Hickenbottom and Mrs. S. N. Walker and children attended the Howe's academy alumni reunion at Mt. Pleasant last week. [...]

      J. W. Hannah and Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker attended the old settlers' reunion near Salem, Satudrday.
    Newspaper Article  1 Aug 1928  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Map Chautauqua at Morning Sun; Personal Items

      [Several paragraphs about a town celebration and who's visiting whom]

      Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah, Sam Walker and family and Matt Hickenbottom and family attended a farewell diner in Winfield, Sunday, for Mrs. Hannah's sister, Miss Ruth Courter, who left Monday for New York City and will sail for Cairo, Egypt.

      [More chat]
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [22
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • ZEPPELIN OVER MORNING SUN
      Huge Dirigible Skirts Southeast of City -- Schools Are Dismissed

      [...] The following from this vicinity attended a dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Walker, near New London Sunday, in honor of Miss Lela Frizelle (sic): Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and children, Mr. and Mrs. George Dotson, and Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Dotson and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Humphrey (sic) and family, of New London, and Mr. and Mrs. John Russel (sic) of Newport.
    Newspaper Article  Abt 2 Feb 1933  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    probably in The Wapello Republican 
    • Card of Thanks (1933)

      We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy extended during our recent bereavement in the death of our baby daughter. Especially do we wish to thank the minister and singers for their services, and others for the floral offerings at the funeral service.

      Mr. and Mrs. S. F. (sic: N) Walker and family
    Residence  Jan 1948  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    Residence  Abt 1932/1949  near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [25
    • They moved from the family farm to a rental farm during the Depression.
    Residence  28 Jul 1949  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    • Sam and Reil had moved into town to retire from the farm(s).
    Residence  2 Feb 1950  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [27
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.
    A Walker Family Dinner in Morning Sun
    A report of an extended dinner at the home of Samuel Nathaniel Walker's residence in Morning Sun, Iowa. It is particularly interesting for me because it indicates my mother and father, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, were dating by this time. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  21 Aug 1952  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Sunday evening callers (August 17, 1952) at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker were Miss Cressie Edgar, Panora, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington; and Tom Walker, Morning Sun.
    Newspaper Article  11 Sep 1952  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker were guests over the weekend at the Ted Dotson and Clifford Walker homes in New London, and the George Walker home in West Burlington. Mr. and Mrs. Walker also visited the Wm. Brumm home in New London where they made the acquaintance of a new grandson.
    Newspaper Article  24 Dec 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
    A Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal
    This article from December 1953 reports on a family meal and gift exchange at the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, which was on Sunday, December 20, 1953. The following extended family were at this meal:

    William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and sons, Steven William and Gary Lynn Walker; Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, probably with Jerry Dean Walker (misidentified as a "nephew."); Mazie Ella (Walker) Belles, Carol Sue and Mark David Belles; Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) and John W. "J.W." Virden; Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, also likely and inferred were Doris Idella Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas and Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas; Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and their granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Dotson; William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and Dennis William Brumm (now I know where I was); George Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker; Arnold Deaneen "Arnie" and Jean Louise (Walker) Brunk, and Jeffrey Arnold and Connie Jean Brunk; Virginia Mae (Walker) Lox and Scott Alan Lox; John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell; Thomas "Tom" Walker; Norton Lawrence "Larry" and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith; Wallace Ernest "Wally" and Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker; Trevor Motzart Sr. and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, and Gerald Wayne (Sr.), Trevor Motzart Jr. and Becky Ruth Kimble. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Birthday Announcement  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.
    The 87th Birthday Party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    A newspaper account reporting on the 87th (and final) birthday party for my grandfather, Sam Walker. He died the following year in March 1957. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Samuel Nathaniel Walker, Jennie Reil (Hannah) Walker, and Hattie Mae (Moyers) Walker are buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The text on the top of the stone simply says "Walker." The epitaph on the side of the stone is: "Samuel N. 1869 - 1957; His Wife, Hattie Moyers 1876 - 1918; His Wife, Jennie Hannah, 1892 - 1958."
    The Headstone of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker, Hattie Mae 'Harriett' (Moyers) Walker, and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker
    The Headstone of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker, and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker
    Photos

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    Reil and Sam Walker by Their House
    Reil and Sam Walker by Their House
    Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker standing outside their home in Morning Sun, Iowa, in about 1954. If I remember correctly, this is the west side of their home.
    A Map of the Area With the 'Walker Homestead' in Louisa County, Iowa
    A Map of the Area With the "Walker Homestead" in Louisa County, Iowa
    The "Walker Homestead" refers to the home built by Samuel Dotson (1858-1931) for Charles Pearsey Walker and his second wife, Sarah Ann (Houseman/Edgar) Walker, finished in 1903. The small village of Newport is a few miles southeast of where the home was. Samuel Nathaniel Walker and his families lived there as well until the 1930s. The house was torn down, probably in the 1960s or at the latest in the 1970s.
    The Sons of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker in July 1929
    The Sons of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker in July 1929
    July 24, 1929, was Sam Walker's 60th birthday, and several photographs are dated as being from that month and year were likely taken at his birthday celebration in Morning Sun, Iowa. The sons are, back row, left to right:

    George, Samuel, Paul, Cliff, and Ross Walker; front row, left to right: Bill and John Walker. The ages of these men and boys in this photo are:

    George Percy Walker, age 33, married with two children

    Albert "Ross" Walker, age 29, married with two boys; his wife Vinnie was pregnant with Lela, who was born September 10.

    Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, age 27, married with two children.

    Paul Moyers Walker, age 24, married to Cora "Belle" (Hannah) Walker at this time, but they would divorce within about a year.

    Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, age 19; William David "Bill" Walker, age 11; and John Henry Walker, age 5. John was the son of Samuel Nathaniel and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker. The other men and boy's mother was Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker.
    Viola Belle, John Henry, and Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' Walker
    Viola Belle, John Henry, and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" Walker
    These are the first three children from the marriage of Samuel Nathaniel Walker and his second wife, Jennie "Reil" Hannah. The photograph was taken in the front yard of the Walker farmhouse near Newport, Iowa. The house was built for Charles Pearsey Walker in 1903 and remained in the family until the farm was lost during the Depression of the 1930s.
    The Family of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker
    The Family of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker
    This photograph was probably taken during football season in autumn 1933 (possibly 1932), and is the family of Sam and Reil Walker. They are in the back, daughter Viola Belle and son John Henry Walker (holding the football) are the middle children, and Robert Charles and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" Walker are in the front.
    The Children of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker
    The Children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker
    This photograph, probably from about 1934, features the four surviving children of Sam and Reil Walker (daughter Rosalie Reil died soon after birth): in the back row are John Henry and Viola Belle Walker. The front are Robert Charles "Bob" and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" Walker.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker, His Wife, Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker, and a Birthday Cake
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, His Wife, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, and a Birthday Cake
    Sam and Reil Walker had a yearly birthday party which was attended by many "extended" family members. Reil's birthday (July 20) and Sam's (July 24) were only four days apart, so one large party sufficed for both, according to their daughter, Marge Kimble. This photo, based upon the approximate dates of other photographs of the two, seems to have been taken by 1935 or so. It is not positively taken at their birthday party rather than that of someone else, but very possibly so. Careful examination has not given me any insights as to who the women sitting at the table behind them might have been.
    Walker Children and an Umphrey
    Walker Children and an Umphrey
    These are the children of several related families. In the back row is Viola Belle Walker, apparently a tiny bit of someone who is hidden, and Margretta Mae Umphrey on the right. The middle row are Marjorie Naomi Walker and her brother, Robert Charles Walker, and then sisters Mazie Ella Walker and Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker. The little girl on the front left is Jean Louise Walker, the sister of Mazie and Vera. Margretta Umphrey and Mazie, Vera and Jean, are first cousins. Viola, Robert and Marjorie, though the same ages or even younger, and the aunts and uncle of the other children.
    A Group of Extended Walker Family
    This photograph from about 1939 features, left to right, back row: Doris Idella Walker holding Shirley Lea Broeker, Mazie Ella Walker, and on the right Marjorie Naomi Walker. In front of Marjorie, pointing forward, is her brother, Robert Charles Walker. The two girls in the fron are Jean Louise Walker, and Beverly Jean Broeker. Doris, Mazie, and Jean Walker, and the Broeker girls are all first cousins. Marjorie and Robert are a half-aunt and half-uncle to the others. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in the 1930s and 1940s (1 of 2)
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in the 1930s and 1940s (1 of 2)
    At some point during the Depression in the 1930s, Sam Walker lost the family farm to the banks (this happened to both of my grandfathers). The family afterward rented a home and farm North of Morning Sun, Iowa, of which this became the family house.
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in the 1930s and 1940s (2 of 2)
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in the 1930s and 1940s (2 of 2)
    This is the farm house where Sam and Reil Walker and children lived north of Morning Sun, Iowa, during the 1930s and 40s. Later they retired to live in town (Morning Sun).
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac 'Frank' Walker
    The Children of Charles Pearsey Walker and Their Cousin, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker
    This is a reunion of some of the children of Charles Pearsey Walker and their spouses, and additionally the family of Charles P. Walker's grandnephew, Frank Walker.

    Within this group of people, Millie was Jim (James G.) Walker's wife, Hazel was Frank Walker's wife. John Russell was Flossie's husband and Jennie Reil Hannah was Samuel Nathaniel Walker's wife. Sam, Everna (Frizzell), Flossie (Russell), Lee (Charles Leander), and Jim were Walker siblings. Frank Walker's father, Charles F. Walker, who was Francis Samuel and Catherine Pearsey Walker's nephew, was raised by Francis S. and Catherine because his own mother Olive died when he was only two weeks old. Therefore, the Frank Walker in this photograph was part of the immediate family even though he was a "first cousin once removed," and not technically another sibling.

    In the very back: Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. The two front rows, left to right: Thomas "Tom" Walker, James G. "Jim" Walker, Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker, Mildred Jane "Millie" (Beauchamp/Feldman) Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell, Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker, John Franklin Russell, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in the Park
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in the Park
    This photograph of Sam and Reil Walker was probably taken in about 1941. Although the location isn't certain, I imagine it was in Locust Grove Park in Morning Sun, Iowa, where their birthdays were celebrated every July.
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    Based upon the ages of those who are children in this photograph, it was likely taken in about 1946. Several family members helped in its identification (I am a bit unsure about several of them). This photograph was provided courtesy of Carol Ann Kelley. Several persons could not be identified positively due to their placement or the overall quality of the photograph, and one child does not seem to fit at this date with family members, but generally it is correct.

    Those who were at this reunion were: Gerald Wayne Kimble, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Leonard "Max" Dotson, Elaine Ida (Brown) Dotson, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, (Probably) Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr., Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Jr., Lois Ann (Thibodeau) Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas, Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, Doris Idella Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Mazie Ella Walker-Belles, Unknown (Possibly Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker), David Floyd "Dave" Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell, Ted L. Belles, Jerry Dean Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, George Percy Walker, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, John Franklin Russell, (probably) Jean Louise Walker, Carol Sue Belles, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.
    Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) and Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker
    Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    This photograph of Reil and Sam Walker was probably taken in about 1946.
    Walkers and Kimbles
    Walkers and Kimbles
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker are posing with their son, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, daughter, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, grandson Gerald Wayne Kimble, and son-in-law, Trevor Motzart "Trev" Kimble Sr. Left to right are Bob, Marge, Sam Reil, Gerald, and Trev.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in Texas
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in Texas
    Sam and Reil Walker were visiting their daughter's family, that of Viola Belle (Walker) and Verl V. Vanhouten, in about 1948 when this photograph was taken probably on the beach at Corpus Christi, Texas.
    Reil, Sam, and Elsie Walker
    Reil, Sam, and Elsie Walker
    This photograph was apparently taken soon before or after another one of Elsie and Sam in the same outfits. Left to right, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, and Elsie Ella Walker. I believe this was in the backyard of Sam and Reil's home in Morning Sun, which they moved into in 1949. Probably Elsie returned for the family birthday celebration that July
    Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) and Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker in About 1950
    Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker in About 1950
    The year 1950 for this photograph of Reil and Sam Walker is a guess based upon other photographs, their apparent ages, etc.
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in Morning Sun, Iowa
    The Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in Morning Sun, Iowa
    This photograph, probably taken in fall or winter, was the view of the back side of the home in which Sam and Reil Walker lived in Morning Sun, Iowa, from 1949 until their deaths. They both died when I was 4 and 5 years old, so my personal memories are a bit weak of the home, but I do believe somewhere here in the backyard was an old inner tube tied with a rope to a tree branch that kids used as a swing.
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (1 of 3)
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (1 of 3)
    This reunion was evidently in the autumn or spring, as evidenced by the coats everyone is wearing. Many of the unknown people in this photograph are probably from the Frizzell family. If so, this reunion was one that was periodically held in Ottumwa, Iowa, considered halfway between the Osceola area where they lived and the Morning Sun area where many of the Walker family lived. If before 1951, the woman between Flossie Russell and Sam Walker was probably their sister, Everna Frizzell (the #9 person). Other photographs of her wearing a similar hat (that obscures her face, unfortunately) do exist.

    A second photograph, nearly identical to this one, exists as well and is posted on this site. Additionally a third photograph, side view, of women at the reunion, exists and is posted.

    Known family members included in this photograph include: Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker (1896-1975), Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell (1884-1968), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), William David "Bill" Walker (1918-1977), Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker (1869-1957), Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner (1897-1970), Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker (1918-2004), Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker (1894-1976), Jennie "Reil" (Hannah Walker) (1892-1958), and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson (1903-1990).
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (2 of 3)
    A Family Reunion, Probably Between 1950/53 (2 of 3)
    This photograph is nearly identical to another photograph from this reunion, probably it was taken only moments after or before the first one that has been up online for a number of years. Known people are identified on it, please check it for who is who. Many people at this reunion are presently not identified. Lots of them are probably Frizzell family members.

    People who are presently known to be in this photograph include: Hazel Ann (Miller) Walker (1896-1975), Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell (1884-1968), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), William David "Bill" Walker (1918-1977), Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker (1869-1957), Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner (1897-1970), Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker (1918-2004), Francis Isaac "Frank" Walker (1894-1976), Jennie "Reil" (Hannah Walker) (1892-1958), and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson (1903-1990).
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker in About 1953
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker in About 1953
    Carol Kelley and Sandy Pillsbury provided this photograph of Sam and Reil Walker, probably taken in about 1953 at Locust Grove Park in Morning Sun, Iowa
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and Jennie 'Reil' Walker in Their Flower Garden
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and Jennie "Reil" Walker in Their Flower Garden
    This photograph of Sam and Reil was taken in about 1956 by their son, Robert Walker, and provided courtesy of him. It was only two years later that both Sam and Reil would be dead.
    Sam and Reil Walker in Their Backyard
    Sam and Reil Walker in Their Backyard
    My mother cherished this photograph as it was one of only several pictures she had of her father and stepmother, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker together, and the only one taken in color. Taken in Morning Sun, Iowa, Sam is holding a sunflower in his hand, and it is not clear to me if the flower bed near them is of roses or large impatiens. Roses would have seemed more likely as I remember the flora of the day. The photo was developed in November 1955, so it probably was taken in the summer of that year. Sam died in 1957, and Reil died in 1958. This so resembles another photograph (in which Sam is holding a sunflower) that was taken by Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, I imagine this was also taken by him.
    Reil Walker and Her Children
    Reil Walker and Her Children
    This photograph of Reil Walker and her adult children was taken in Morning Sun, Iowa, in about 1956, by the side of Reil's home. It is of Robert Charles Walker (photo provided courtesy of him), Viole Belle (Walker) Van Houten, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble.
    Esther Ruth (Hannah) Richardson, Jennie 'Reil' (Hannah) Walker, and Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Esther Ruth (Hannah) Richardson, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, and Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Esther is enjoying a meal with her sister and brother-in-law, Reil and Sam Walker, in this photograph taken by Robert Walker in about 1956. The young boy in the kitchen is unknown, but possibly it is Trevor Kimble Jr.
    Becky Kimble Sitting With Her Grandparents Sam and Reil Walker
    This photograph, taken in about 1956, is of a young Becky Ruth Kimble sitting on the couch with her grandparents, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, at Sam and Reil's home in Morning Sun, Iowa. It was taken and provided by Robert Walker in about 1956. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Sam and Reil Walker in Their Kitchen in Morning Sun, Iowa
    Sam and Reil Walker in Their Kitchen in Morning Sun, Iowa
    Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker seems to be peeling potatoes as her husband, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, looks on.
    Walker Siblings, Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' (Walker Kimble, Robert Charles 'Bob' Walker, and Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten
    Walker Siblings, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker Kimble, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, and Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten
    Marge Kimble, Robert Walker, and Viola Van Houten, the children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker. The photograph was taken in about 1957.
    Siblings: Marge Kimble, Robert Walker, and Viola Van Houten
    Siblings: Marge Kimble, Robert Walker, and Viola Van Houten
    These are three children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and his wife, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker. They are, left to right: Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, and Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten.
    Robert Charles 'Bob' Walker and His Sisters, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten and Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' (Walker) Kimble
    Robert Charles "Bob" Walker and His Sisters, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble
    This photograph of Bob Walker, Viola Van Houten, and Marge Kimble was taken at the family reunion in Morning Sun, Iowa, September 1999.
    Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten, and Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' (Walker) Kimble at a Family Reunion
    Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten, and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble at a Family Reunion
    This photograph taken in September 1999 in Morning Sun, Iowa, is of Shirley Smith and her aunts, Viola Van Houten and Marge Kimble. Shirley (1936-2008) lived in nearby Wapello, Iowa, Viola in Corpus Christi, Texas, and Marge in Morning Sun.
    Marjorie Naomi 'Marge' (Walker) Kimble with Her Siblings, Robert Charles 'Bob' Walker, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten
    Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble with Her Siblings, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, Viola Belle (Walker) Van Houten
    Bob, Viola, and Marge, all children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, were all in attendance at this family reunion in Morning Sun, Iowa, in September 1999.
    The Deer Head Trophy On the Wall
    One of the dim memories I have of visiting the home of my grandfather and step grandmother, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam and Jennie "Reil" Walker, in the early 1950s was of a mounted deer head protruding from their wall. At about three years of age, things with big eyes that appear to be staring at you regardless of where you stand or sit in a room are very likely to get your attention more than parents begging you to be nice and quiet down. Dead and preserved animals with large eyes are always a tad spooky. Well, the trophy head of this animal is still in existence, at least as of 2001, when Marge Kimble provided this photograph, I believe from her son Trev Kimble Jr.'s basement. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Documents
    A Christmas Card With Paul Moyers Walker's Art (front)
    A Christmas Card With Paul Moyers Walker's Art (front)
    Paul drew a room on the front of the Christmas postcard to Sam and Reil Walker in Morning Sun. The photo is of a stand alone heater in a room, a man, presumably his father, sitting in a chair reading the Wapello Republican News (newspaper), his feet perched on the heater. It said Merry Christmas, and HOme on the Range.
    A Christmas Card With Paul Moyers Walker's Art (back)
    A Christmas Card With Paul Moyers Walker's Art (back)
    This Christmas handmade postcard was mailed in 1943 when Paul was in the service during World War II, still stationed at Wilmington, North Carolina. It was addressed to Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker (Samuel Nathaniel), Rural Route 2, Wapello, Iowa, from Pr7 Paul M. Walker, 423 ru. B Sq. AA7, Wilmington, NC. He drew a sailor (apparently) and wrote the message, "Ahoy!! Postman Deliver this to my pop before December 25, or else!
    General Newsprint
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Matthew James and Mary Catherine (Hannah) Hickenbottom, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker and their children attended a reunion of the Howe's academy in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, a school Reil had attended. Also Sam and Reil accompanied Reil's father, J. W. Hannah, to the Old Threshers and Settlers Reunion held yearly in Mt. Pleasant.
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    Walker Family Dinner Honoring Lela Frizzell
    An item in the Morning Sun (Iowa) news published in the Burlington, Hawk-Eye (Iowa) mentioned a dinner attended by an assortment of Walker family members in honor of visitor and family member, Lela Frizzell. It may have been the summer after she graduated from high school.
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

  • Photos

    » Slide Show
    John Henry Walker
    John Henry Walker
    John Walker was the son of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker. In November 1944 during World War II, not far from the city of Cologne, John was apparently killed while on a mission against German forces holding a hill near a very small town named Schönthal.
    Leonard 'Max' Dotson and His Uncle, John Henry Walker
    Leonard "Max" Dotson and His Uncle, John Henry Walker
    Max Dotson and John Walker were both born in 1924. Max was several months older than his half-uncle, John. I believe this photograph to have been taken in the summer of 1939, and that would mean they were probably both 15 years old at the time.

    Max was the son of Zella "Myrtle" Walker and Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson. John was the son of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Jennie "Reil" Hannah. The generations in the Walker family may seem skewed because of the length of time span over which Sam and Hattie Moyers Walker, and later Sam and Reil Hannah Walker had children.
    The Senior Class Photograph of John Henry Walker
    The Senior Class Photograph of John Henry Walker
    John Walker graduated from Morning Sun High School in the class of 1942. He joined the U.S. Army, was sent to Europe during World War II and was declared missing in action November 1944.
    John Henry Walker at Camp Pendleton
    John Henry Walker at Camp Pendleton
    This photograph of John Walker may have been taken while he was at Camp Pendleton in California. John was listed as Missing In Action in November 1944 while fighting in Germany.
    John Henry Walker and a Friend at Camp Pendleton, California
    John Henry Walker and a Friend at Camp Pendleton, California
    It is unknown who John's friend is in this photograph. Camp Pendleton is in Northern San Diego County; it was created as a training center for World War II and never closed. Today it is a marine base.

    John was sent to Europe only several months before he disappeared and was declared Missing in Action in November 1944.
    Momument to American Soldiers I
    Momument to American Soldiers I
    This monument in the Netherlands is dedicated to the American Soldiers who fought to free Holland and Europe during World War II. In the Netherlands there is an American Cemetery, and a monument exists for the missing soldiers. John Henry Walker's name is on that monument. Two photos of the monument and a photograph of the listing of his name are kindly provided courtesy of Debbie (Deborah Sue) Walker of Texas, the daughter of Robert Charles and Ethel Mae (Lucas) Walker.
    The American Cemetery in Holland
    The American Cemetery in Holland
    John Henry Walker's Name Listed on the Memorial To Missing Soldiers
    John Henry Walker's Name Listed on the Memorial To Missing Soldiers
    The American Cemetery in the Netherlands is near Margraten.
    Cousins John Henry Walker and Dorothy Ruth Richardson
    Cousins John Henry Walker and Dorothy Ruth Richardson
    John Henry Walker was the son of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Jennie "Reil" Hannah. Dorothy Ruth Richardson was the daughter of Robert R. Richardson (1902-1973) and Esther Ruth Hannah (1903-1994). This photograph was likely taken in about 1940 when both John and Dorothy were 16. John, born July 3, 1924, was declared dead as of November 24, 1944, after being Missing in Action for one year. He was killed in action during World War II near Aachen, Germany. Dorothy was born August 1, 1924, near Yamouth, Iowa, and died November 28, 2002. She was the wife of Everett Vincent Burkhiser (1919-2009).
    Members of the Family of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble Who Served in the Armed Forces
    This photograph is of the window of the local newspaper in Morning Sun, Iowa, The Morning Sun News-Herald, during Veterans Day festivities in 2010. Marge Kimble works in the office of the paper, and put up this memorial to various family members who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the years.

    Upper row, her son, Trevor Motzart Kimble Jr., George Percy Walker (1896-1985), William David "Bill" Walker (1918-1977). Bottom row: Paul Moyers Walker (1904-1959), Charles Pearsey Walker (1843-1922), John Henry Walker (1924-1944), and Trevor Motzart Kimble Sr. (1926-1996). (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    Videos
    John Walker in World War II (Flash Movie)
    John Walker in World War II (Flash Movie)
    A (Flash) movie about my uncle, John Henry Walker, who was declared missing in action in Germany near the end of World War II, and later dead.

    General Newsprint

    » Slide Show
    Three Walker Boys Serving Overseas
    Three Walker Boys Serving Overseas
    An article published during World War II reporting on brothers William David, Paul Moyers, and John Henry Walker, who were all stationed overseas in the war. (Original document provided courtesy of Marge Kimble)
    Mystery of Missing Morning Sun GI in World War II Unravels
    Mystery of Missing Morning Sun GI in World War II Unravels
    An article by Les Peck regarding John Henry Walker who was Missing in Action during World War II. (Provided courtesy of Marge Kimble)
    John Walker Missing in Action
    John Walker Missing in Action
    Notification of the family of John Henry Walker that he was officially declared Missing In Action from a battle of November 24, 1944 near Aachen, Germany. Later, after missing a year, the War Department would officially declare him as dead.
    Morning Sun soldier finally returning home seventy-four years after he disappeared
    Morning Sun soldier finally returning home seventy-four years after he disappeared
    An article published in the Morning Sun News-Herald reporting that the remains of John Henry Walker, who died in 1944 during World War II, had been identified and were returning to Morning Sun, Iowa 74 years after his disappearance.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    John Walker Declared Dead By War Department; Missing in Action For More Than A Year--Presumed Dead
    John Walker Declared Dead By War Department; Missing in Action For More Than A Year--Presumed Dead
    The death notice of John Henry Walker. One year after John Walker disappeared during fighting near Aachen, Germnay, during World War II, he was officially declared dead by the U.S. War Department.

  • Sources 
    1. [S102] Brumm, Dennis William.

    2. [S3215] Iowa Births and Christenings, Iowa County Births (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker).

    4. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    5. [S39] Hannah, John Warren and Viola S. (Courter) - 35th Wedding Anniversary Party, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, June 30, 1926; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 58-11, supervisor's district: 16; sheet number: 6B, page number: 86; enumeration date: May 20, 1930

    7. [S8133] Louisa's History - Volume 10 Number 2 Morning Sun Graduates, (originally published in Louisa's History by the Louisa County Historical Society, Volume 10, Number 2, April 2008; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S4404] World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 (ancestry.com and FamilySearch) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S8131] War Department Letter - 1972/11/22 to Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, (November 22, 1972) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S8134] Walker, John Henry - Missing in Action, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, January 11, 1945; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S8045] Walker Brothers in World War II, (originally published in The Wapello Republican, February 15, 1945; Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S8135] Walker, John Henry - Death Notice, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, December 6, 1945; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S8136] Walker, John Henry - Posthumous Purple Heart Award, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, December 20, 1945; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S8137] Walker, John Henry - Letter to Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble Regarding His Monument in the Netherlands, Marilyn F. Mallwitz, Chief, Operations Division, The American Battle Monuments Commission, Washington DC 20315, (August 1, 1972) (Reliability: 4).

    15. [S8138] Walker, John Henry - Mystery of Missing Morning Sun GI in World War II Unravels, Les Peck, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, Sunday, September 10, 1972, page 32; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    16. [S8132] Walker, Deborah Sue "Debbie" - Email (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 3).
      Scan of the Midway School roster for the term ending May 7, 1915.

    18. [S47] Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) - Obituary (unknown paper), (originally published in an unknown southeast Iowa newspaper, February 1958, probably the Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette).

    19. [S48] Walker, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 1, February 20, 1958; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S40] Walker Hickenbottom Hannah - Morning Sun News, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, page 3, August 31, 1926; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S41] Courter, Ruth Lee - Making Trip to Egypt, (originally published in The Davenport Democrat and Leader, Wednesday, August 1, 1928; Davenport, Scott County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    22. [S42] Frizzell, Everna "Lela" - Honored at Walker Family Dinner, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 14, August 29, 1929; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    23. [S43] Walker, Rosalie Reil - Card of Thanks, (originally probably published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, February 2, 1933; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    24. [S13010] Van Nouten, Ray Alan - Death Notice, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, January 29, 1948; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    25. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).

    26. [S25] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - 80th Birthday Party Article, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, July 28, 1949; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    27. [S44] Hannah, John Warren - Obituary, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, February 2, 1950; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    28. [S2] Walker Family Dinner at the Home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker Home, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, October 18, 1951; front page; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    29. [S45] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) - Visitors on August 17, 1952, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, August 21, 1952; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    30. [S5] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie Reil "Reil" - Visits in September 1952, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, September 11, 1952; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    31. [S7] Walker Family Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal, 1953, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 2, December 24, 1953; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    32. [S8] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" - 87th Birthday Party Article, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, page 3, July 26, 1956; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    33. [S46] Walker, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam", Jennie "Reil" (Hannah), and Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).