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Edward A. "Ed" Walker

Male 1875 - 1935


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  • Name  Edward A. "Ed" Walker  [1
    Nickname  Ed 
    Alt. Birth  Dec 1874  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Born  1875  Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1880  Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Edward Walker, white, male, age 5, son, born in Iowa, father born in Indiana, mother born in Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1885  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Edward Walker, age 10, male, single, born in Henry County, Iowa, father's nativity: native, mother's nativity: foreign
    Iowa State Census  1895  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Edward Walker, 20, male, single, born in Louisa County(?), Iowa, religious belief: none
    Census  1900  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Edward Walker, son, white, male, born December 1874, age 25, single, born in Iowa, father born in Indiana, mother born in Iowa, occupation farm hand, could read, could write, could speak English
    Census  1910  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Edward A. Walker, son, male, white, age 36, single, born in Iowa, father born in Indiana, mother born in Iowa, spoke English, occupation barber, industry own shop, own account, could read, could write
    Letters and Cards  6 Apr 1911  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In a letter from his sister, Alice Gregory, to his sister "Bun" (Bernice Walker), it mentioned that brother Ed had left for Colorado the previous Monday (April 3). Susie (Laurine Walker) had apparently received a card from him from him postmarked at Riverton, Nebraska, where he was visiting Ernest Packwood.

      (William Earnest Packwood, born about 1876, was the son of Milton Lafayette "Lafe" Packwood and Oella Dotson. The Packwood family had been residents of Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, in 1880, at the same time the William Pearsey Walker family was living there after the fire destroyed their home in Henry County, Iowa. Additionally, Ernest's uncle, Sam Dotson, built a house for Ed's uncle, Charles Pearsey Walker, in 1903, and Ernest's uncle, George Workman Dotson, married Mary Lucinda Moyers.)
    Residence  May 1912  Red Cloud, Webster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Letters and Cards  1 May 1912  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In a letter from his father, William Pearsey Walker to his sister, "Bun" (Bernice), William discussed Ed, and said he didn't know where Red Cloud, Nebraska, was located, but he thought it to be in the northwest part of the state. He reported he hadn't heard from Ed yet, but thinks he would soon be in Colorado. Ed was on a year's leave of absence, and had to make it up. (Red Cloud is actually in South Central Nebraska, near the border with Kansas. Ed was mentioned a second time as being in Red Cloud in another letter from WP Walker to "Bun" dated May 1912.)
    Occupation  Nov 1912  [9
    • In a letter dated November 1912 from his father, William Pearsey Walker to his sister "Bun," WP said that Ed was teaching school in Akron, Colorado.
    Residence  Nov 1912  Akron, Washington County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Letters and Cards  Mar 1913  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In another letter from William Pearsey Walker to "Bun" (Bernice), William reported that son Ed had written, saying winter in Colorado was "a joke." He (Ed) could have run his auto any day all winter long if he'd wanted to. There were five weeks of school yet. He also said that Ed had to remain in Colorado to "prove up on his claim."
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Another letter from William P. to "Bun" in June 1914 mentioned that Ed was newly married. Also that Ed was in the army, had received an order to report for duty at the mines (of Colorado). He had been involved in a seven hour fight with miners, none in his company were killed, but there were seven dead miners.
    Letters and Cards  Jul 1914  Novelty, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • A letter from William Pearsey Walker to "Bun" in Des Moines reported that all he knew about Ed's wife was he married her in St. Joe (Joseph), Missouri, and Henry Gregory said she's a very nice appearing woman (this letter and an earlier one from William indicate that Ed and Dorothy were married before July 1914. There are also notes from researcher Greta Tuominen under the marriage notes which pinpoint the date more closely.)
    Letters and Cards  Aug 1917  Brush, Morgan County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • A letter was sent from Ed Walker in Colorado to his sister Bernice "Bun." He was living in Brush, he'd written "to everyone," but wanted Bun to write to Rose, as he was very tired.
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1918  Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In a letter his father, William Pearsey Walker, sent to his sister, "Bun," he reported that Ed was at Camp Kearney, Linda Vista, California. He also gave this, either an address or a business name: E. A. Walker Ruck (Truck?) Company, $4 Supply Train.
    Letters and Cards  Jun 1919  Hurdland, Knox County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • In a letter Alice Gregory sent to her sister "Bun," she mentioned that Ed was working in Brush, Colorado, and he'd spent two weeks in St. Joseph, Missouri. He had a claim on 400 acres of land near Penebly, Colorado (no such location exists, nor anything quite resembling that name).
    Census  1920  Brush, Morgan County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Married, living with his wife, Dorothy:) Line number 61: 115 Carson, dwelling number: 209, family number: 210: Edward Walker, head of household, rented home, male, white, age 44, married, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation barber, nature of industry shop, wage earner
    Census  1930  Fowler, Otero County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Married, living with his wife, Dorothy:) Line number 21: 106 Fifth Street, dwelling number: 83, family number: 86: Edward A. Walker, head of household, owned home, value of house or monthly rental $2000, owned a radio set, did not live on a farm, male, white, age 55, married, age at first marriage 39, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 65, could speak English, occupation bookkeeper, nature of industry farm, occupation code 67VV, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was a veteran, World War I
    Died  8 Jul 1935  Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Application for Headstones for Veterans  25 Jul 1935  Fowler, Otero County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Name: Edward A. Walker; Event: Cemetery; Death Date: 8 July 1935; Burial Place: Fowler, Colorado; NARA Publication Title: Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941; NARA Publication Number: M1916; NARA Roll Number: 124; Film Number: 1878273; Digital Folder Number: 4832291; Image Number: 01806

      Detail: Name: Edward A. Walker; Rank: Sergeant; Company: D; U.S. Regiment, State Organization or Vessel: 115th Supply Tr.; Date of Death: July 8, 1935; Name of Cemetery: Fowler Cemetery; City: Fowler; State: Colorado; Division: 40th; State: Colorado; Emblem: Christian; To be shipped to: Dorothy Walker at Fowler, Otero County, Colorado; Post-office address: Fowler, Colorado; The Adjutant General: 08/10/35; Signed: Dorothy Walker, Applicant, Fowler, Colorado, July 25, 1935
    Application for Headstone for Edward A. 'Ed' Walker
    Application for Headstone for Edward A. "Ed" Walker
    Ed Walker, a veteran of World War I and son of William Pearsey and Mary (Anderson) Walker, died July 8, 1935, in Colorado, and was buried at the Fowler Cemetery in Fowler, Colorado. His wife, Dorothy, applied for a headstone for his grave, which was provided in September.
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • As a child, his nickname apparently was "Sap."
    Military 
    • According to the 1930 census, Edward was a veteran of World War I He was in the National Guard at least by March of 1914 when called upon to fight striking miners in Colorado.

      Original data: "Roster of Men and Women Who Served in the World War from Colorado, 1917-18. Colorado, USA: Adjutant General, Colorado National Guard, 1941" (database at ancestry.com) noted he was a Sergeant: Given Name: Edward A.; Surname: Walker; Rank: Sergeant; Branch: Infantry; Place: Brush
    Research 
    • Abridged tale of the miner's strike and national guard action against them, from http://libcom.org/history/1914-the-ludlow-massacre

      1914: The Ludlow Massacre

      The history of the Ludlow Massacre of striking coal miners, which was one of the most brutal attacks on organised labor in North American history.

      It was the pinnacle of efforts by the National Guard and local strike-breakers under the command of the Rockefeller family to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers.

      [...]

      On March 10th the body of a strike-breaker was found near railroad tracks near the Forbes tents and the National Guard's General Chase ordered the colony to be destroyed. The strike was reaching a climax, and National Guardsmen were ordered to evict the remaining tent colonies around the mines, despite them being on private property leased by the UMWA.

      Ludlow was the largest of the colonies, and on the morning of April 20th 1914, troops fired into the camp with machine guns, anyone who was seen moving in the camp was targeted. The miners fired back, and fighting raged for almost fourteen hours.

      [...]

      After many hours of exchanging fire with the militiamen, the camps main organiser, Louis Tikas met with Lieutenant Linderfelt (the officer in charge of the National Guard assault on the Ludlow camp) to arrange a truce. Linderfelt hit Tikas with the butt of his rifle and soldiers fired several times into his back as he lay on the ground, killing him outright.

      That evening, under cover of darkness, the militiamen entered the camp and set fire to tents, killing two women and eleven children who were sheltering from the shooting in a pit below a tent, thirteen other people were also shot dead during the fighting.

      As news of the massacre spread, workers from around the country went on strike to show solidarity with the remaining miners on strike in Colorado and to express sympathy for those who had lost loved ones in Ludlow. Several cities in the state were taken over and occupied by miners and some National Guard units even laid down their arms and refused to fight.

      However, the workers failed to obtain their demands along with union recognition and many were replaced with non-union workers. No National Guardsmen was ever prosecuted over the killings, even though sixty-six people had been killed by the time violence ended.

      In 1918 a monument was erected to commemorate those who died during the strike.
    Research 
    • A family note found in some papers of Samuel Nathaniel Walker, William's nephew, had a notation on it stating Edward died in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Researcher Greta Tuominen believes he died in Brush, Colorado. All of Morgan County, Colorado (where Brush is) burials are online at the county web site, and neither Ed or Dorothy Walker are recorded as buried in Morgan County.
    Buried  Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Otero County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID  I3325  All Families
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2014 

    Father  William Pearsey Walker,   b. 6 Jun 1841, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1924, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Anderson,   b. Apr 1844, Henry County, Iowa Territory Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1916, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1 Aug 1865  Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13, 14
    Research  Abt 1879  [12
    • Apparently there was a house fire around the time daughter Rose was born (1879). This may have been in New London Township, Henry County, and probably was why the family was in Yellow Spring Township in 1880 before settling in Louisa County for a number of years.
    Divorced  1907  [12
    • In 1907 they separated or else divorced. Apparently this separation was not under very pleasant circumstances. Notes in the research of Greta Tuominen included this recollection: "William P. Walker was a mean man. He gave Mary a farm and he sold a couple of farms. Mary's children, especially May's husband, Wallace, helped Mary find a way to survive."
    _STAT  Abt 1907 
    Separated 
    Marriage Fact 
    • They were married in Mt. Pleasant according to daughter Anna May DeLong's 1925 census information. L.D.S. records online indicate it was August 1, 1865. William Pearsey Walker was mustered out of the Union Army from the Civil War in October of 1865, so perhaps he was back "on leave" or else unable to fight after the injury in which he lost several fingers.
    Family Record 
    • Flossie Russell listed the children of William Pearsey Walker on a sheet. The names as she listed them, not always quite correctly, it seems, were:

      John (sic: Jacob) P. (Jake Walker) dead.

      Edward Walker dead, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

      Susan (? - Suzy was Rosamond, so this is maybe incorrect) Walker (Lorene) Buckner, Humboldt

      Bernice Westberg, Lincoln, Nebraska

      Rosamund Tyhurst, Council Bluffs

      May De Long, Des Moines

      Alice Gregory, Missouri
    Photos

    » Slide Show
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Bin and Sue'
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Bin and Sue"
    Daughters of William Pearsey walker

    The back of this photograph says "Bin and Sue." As there are several other photographs of "Sue" it has been determined she was apparently Laurine Walker.

    The daughters of William Pearsey Walker all had nicknames, and some of them are easier to decipher than others. Bernice was known as Bin even later in life. "Sue" was Laurine Walker. At the time the girls in this photo were the ages they seem to be, their older sisters were already married. Those single were Rosamond "Rose," Bernice E., and Laurine Walker.
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Jude and Sue'
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Jude and Sue"
    The back of this photograph says "Jude and Sue."

    The daughters of William Pearsey Walker all had nicknames, and some of them are easier to decipher than others. "Sue" apparently was Laurine Walker; there are several photographs of her. At the time the girls in this photo were the ages they seem to be, their older sisters were already married. Those single were Rosamond "Rose," Bernice E., and Laurine Walker. "Jude" was apparently a nickname for Rosamond.
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: 'Sue' (Laurine Walker)
    The Daughters of William Pearsey Walker: "Sue" (Laurine Walker)
    Laurine Walker was known as "Sue" when she was young. Possibly this was a middle name. She was the youngest child of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson, born April 9, 1890, in Washington County, Iowa. At the time she was about 17, her parents separated and the family drifted in many directions. Laurine ended up marrying Ozro Martel "Mart" Buckner (1888-1964) in June 1911. He was a mail carrier in Taylor County, Iowa.
    Laurine 'Sue' (Walker) Buckner and Her Sister, Rosamond 'Rose' (Walker) Tyhurst in 1947
    Laurine "Sue" (Walker) Buckner and Her Sister, Rosamond "Rose" (Walker) Tyhurst in 1947
    These women were identified as Sue and Rose Walker by Flossie Russell, and were at a family gathering at the Russells in the fall of 1947. They were both daughters of William Pearsey Walker (1841-1924) and Mary Anderson (1844-about 1915). Family member and descendant of Laurine's, Greta Tuominen, has told Marge Kimble she never heard her grandmother, Laurine, called "Sue" or "Susan," but in so many photos of her as a child and finally in this one, she was thus identified, that I imagine it was her middle name.
    Documents

    » Slide Show
    A List of Children of the Family of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    A List of Children of the Family of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    Flossie Russell listed the children of William Pearsey Walker on a sheet of paper. The names she included were: Alice (Walker) Gregory, Edward A. "Ed" Walker, Anna May (Walker) DeLong, Rosamond "Rose" (Walker) Tyhurst, Charles Jacob "Jake" Walker, Bernice E. (Walker) Westberg, and Laurine (Walker) Buckner. Flossie's recollection was not completely correct on this list. She listed Charles Jacob as "John P." She also listed Laurine as "Susan," but family researcher Greta Tuominen does not believe her grandmother was ever called by that name; additionally Rosamond was known as "Suzy" when she was a child.
    Letter Snippets From the Family of William Pearsey and Mary (Anderson) Walker
    Letter Snippets From the Family of William Pearsey and Mary (Anderson) Walker
    These letter "snippets" were provided by Marjorie Kimble and to her by one of William Pearsey Walker's descnedants. They are part of a series of letters written between 1908 and 1919. They were originally in the possession of Marion Louise Tyhurst Shrock, who was William Pearsey Walker's granddaughter, the daughter of his daughter Rosamond.

    The children of William Pearsey Walker and his wife, Mary Anderson, who lived past childhood, had assorted nicknames that often make identifying them difficult: daughter Alice Walker was apparently known only as "Alice"; son Edward A. Walker was also known as "Sap" or, of course, "Ed"; daughter Anna Mae Walker was "May"; daughter Rosamond Walker was known as "Rose" or "Rosa": Charles Jacob Walker was known as "Japie," "J. P." "Jake") daughter Bernice Walker was also "Bun" or "Bunnie"; and daughter Laurine Walker was also called "Piler," "Suzy," "Susie," or possibly also "Toody."
    A List of Names and Nicknames of the Children of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    A List of Names and Nicknames of the Children of William Pearsey Walker and Mary Anderson
    The children of William Pearsey Walker and his wife, Mary Anderson, who lived past childhood, had assorted nicknames that often make identifying them difficult. This list was apparently written by his nephew, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, and provided courtesy of Marge Kimble, Sam's daughter.
    Family ID  F169  Group Sheet

    Family  Dorothy I. Owings,   b. 1880, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1970 
    Married  6 Apr 1914  Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Missouri Marriage Records  6 Apr 1914  Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • Name: Edward A. Walker; Marriage Date: 6 April 1914; Marriage Location: St. Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri; Marriage County: Buchanan; Spouse Name: Miss Dorothy Owings

      ***

      No. 287 Application for License to Marry. State of Missouri, County of Buchanan SS. Edward A. Walker desiring to procure License to marry Miss Dorothy Owings being duly sown on an oath said i am white over twenty-one years of age, and that the said Miss Dorothy Owings is a white person over eighteen years of age, and no blood relation to me. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 6th day of April 1914 John J. Downey Recorder of Deeds.

      No. 287 State of Missouri, County of Buchanan This License authorizes any Judge, Justice of the Peace, licenced or ordained Preacher of the Gospel, or any other person authorized under the laws of this state to solemnize marriage betrween Edward A. Walker of Akron County of Washington and state of Colorado who is over the age of twenty-one years, and Miss Dorothy Owings of St. Joseph County of Buchanan and state of Missouri who is over the age of eighteen years.

      Witness my had as Recorder, with the seal of office hereto affixed, at my office in St. Joseph, Missouri, the 6th day of April 1914 by ___ Deputy. John J. Downey Recorder of Deeds

      State of Missouri, County of Buchanan ss. This is to certify that the undersigned, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church did at 824 Noth 9th, St. Joseph in said County on the 6th day of April A.D. 1914 unite in marriage the above named persons.Frank E. Day, White Temple John J. Downey Recorder of Deeds.
    Alt. Marriage  Jun 1914  Saint Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Dorothy I. (Owings) and Edward A. Walker's grave is located at the Fowler Cemetery in Fowler, Otero County, Colorado. The epitaph on the stone is: "Walker. Dorothy I., 1880 - 1970; Edward A., 1875 - 1935."
    The Headstone of Dorothy I. (Owings) and Edward A. Walker
    The Headstone of Dorothy I. (Owings) and Edward A. Walker
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage License of Edward A. 'Ed' Walker and Dorothy Ownings
    The Marriage License of Edward A. "Ed" Walker and Dorothy Ownings
    Ed and Dorothy were married April 6, 1914, in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F1450  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 87, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 11B, page number: 93; enumeration date: June 15, 1900

    3. [S628] 1880 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Page 23, Supervisor's District 1, Enumeration District 102, Sheet 23C; Enumerated on June 18, 1880

    4. [S929] 1885 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa, page 18 300; Roll: IA1885_222

    5. [S8661] U.S. Applications for Headstones for Military Veterans, 1925-1941 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S879] Walker, Dorothy I. (Owings) and Edward A. "Ed" - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Fowler Cemetery in Fowler, Otero County, Colorado; photo provided courtesy of "Patricia Cole (Gerlock)" at Find A Grave (web site); Memorials #: 35393020 & 35393066) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Morning Sun Township; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California; Census Microfilm

    8. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      1910 US Census; Novelty Village, Saltriver Township, Knox County, Missouri; Supervisor's District #10; Enumeration District #50; Sheet #1A; Page # 111 3651 Enumerated April 18, 1910

    9. [S439] Shrock, Marion Louise "Louise" (Tyhurst) (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Precinct 16, Brush town, Morgan County, Colorado; enumeration district: 208; supervisor's district: 2, sheet number: 9B, page number: 237; enumeration date: January 19, 1920

    11. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Fowler town, Precinct 27, Otero County, Colorado; enumeration district: 45-40, supervisor's district: 10; sheet number: 4A, page number: 253; enumeration date: April 11, 1930

    12. [S391] Tuominen, Greta Janelle (Buckner) (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Des Moines, Ward 7, Polk County, Iowa

    14. [S392] LDS Family Search International Genealogical Index (Reliability: 3).
      Source Information: Batch No.: M588261; Dates: 1836 - 1880; Source Call No.: 0965926 V. A-G; Type: Film; Printout Call No.: None

    15. [S438] Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 3).