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Maude Mae Walker

Maude Mae Walker

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  • Name  Maude Mae Walker  [1, 2
    Born  14 Nov 1897  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Maud Walker, daughter, white, female, born in November 1897, age 2, single, born in Illinois, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa
    Iowa State Census  1905  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Maud M. Walker, Card Number: 190; Post Office Address: Newport, Iowa: Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA_96
    Census  1910  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Maud M. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, birthplace Illinois, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none, could read, could write, attended school since September 1909
    Letters and Cards  2 Nov 1911  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • (Maude Mae Walker was 13, several weeks from her 14th birthday, and her Uncle Tom was 34 when this card was written.)

      November 2, 1911

      To: Mr. Thomas Walker
      Morning Sun, Iowa
      R.R.2

      Dear Uncle:

      Every good wish for your birthday from your neice (sic)
      Maude W.
    Iowa State Census  1915  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Card Number: 432, female, white, single, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 16, Maud M. Walker, age 17, Louisa County, post office address: Morning Sun, Morning Sun Township, extent of education in the common schools: 11, birth place: Illinois, church affiliation Methodist, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: J. B. Owens
    Residence  Apr 1918  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Census  1920  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Maud Umphrery (sic), wife, female, white, age 22, married, could read, could write, born in Illinois, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation none
    Iowa State Census  1925  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Maud Umphrey, wife, female, white, age 27, married, rented, amount of rent: $14, number of years in the U.S.: 27, number of years in Iowa: 27, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 8, could read, could write, place of birth: Illinois, name of father: Sam Walker, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 56, name of mother: Hattie M. Moyers, mother's birthplace: Iowa, place of marriage of parents: Iowa, occupation involved with professional services, church affiliation: Congregational
    Census  1930  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Maud M. Umphrey, wife, did not live on a farm, female, white, age 32, married, age at first marriage 18, did not attend school since September 1929, could read and write, born in Illinois, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, state code: 61, could speak English, occupation none
    Residence  May 1936  Winterset, Madison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Newspaper Article  31 Aug 1949  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette 
    • Iowa club of Detroit, Michigan, will hold its annual picnic in Chandler park, Detroit, on Sunday, September 11. There win be games and races for all. All former Iowans and famines are invited to attend. Mrs. Roy Fortner, 6038 American, Detroit, is secretary treasurer of the club.
    Occupation  Abt 1940/1953  [3
    • Maude worked 13 years at General Motors Corporation in Michigan between about 1940 and 1953.
    Residence  Feb 1958  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence  1967  Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Residence  Between 1968 and 1970  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    • After her husband, Roy Fortner's death, Maude sold their house in Knoxville, Iowa, and moved to West Burlington, where she was closer to other members of her family.
    Moved  Between Feb 1968 and Jul 1968  West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    • She moved from Knoxville, Iowa, to West Burlington, Iowa, between February 1968 and July 1968
    Funeral Program  Dec 1970  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    • IN MEMORY OF MRS. MAUDE FORTNER

      Born NOVEMBER 14, 1897
      Departed DECEMBER 17, 1970
      Services ELLIOTT-LUNNING CHAPEL
      Sunday, DECEMBER 20, 1970 - 1:30 p.m.
      Officiant REVEREND PAUL PENNINGTON
      Soloist ROBERT NICHOLS
      Organist KATHERINE COLLINS
      Member: METHODIST FAITH
      Interment ELMWOOD CEMETERY
      MORNING SUN, IOWA
      Bearers: Burton Wolfe, Earl Walker, Archie Wolfe, Ted Dotson, Frank Walker, William Brumm
    Died  17 Dec 1970  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: cancer 
    Obituary  20 Dec 1970  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [21
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Mrs. Maude Fortner

      Mrs. Maude Fortner, 73, who died here Thursday, December 17, will be buried in Elmwood cemetery at Morning Sun following 1:30 p.m. services today at Elliott-Lunning chapel in Burlington. She lived at 425 West Burlington Avenue, West Burlington.

      Born in Abingdon, Illinois, November 14, 1897, Mrs. Fortner married Geoffrey Umphrey in 1916. After his death five years later (sic: 15), she married Roy Fortner in 1922 (sic: 1932). Mrs. Fortner had worked 18 years for the General Motors Corporation.

      Surviving: Two sons and one daughter, Paul and Thomas Umphrey, both of Pontiac, Michigan, and Mrs. Thelma Allen of Madison Heights, Michigan; four brothers and two sisters, Clifford Walker, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Samuel Walker, Cedar Rapids, William Walker, Marion, George Walker, New London, Elsie Walker, Grinnell, and Mrs. Myrtle Dotson, West Burlington; a half-brother, Robert Walker, Dallas, Texas, two half-sisters, Mrs. Viola Van Houten, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Mrs. Marjorie Kimble, Morning Sun; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Maude Fortner; born: 14 November 1897; died: December 1970; last residence: 52655, (West Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa); state where issued: Michigan
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [23
    • Name: Maude Mae Umphrey Walker; Sex: F; Born: 1897; Died or Buried: 1907; Age: 10; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC ©1990 - page MS-76; Notes: 1897-1907 (sic); [LCC: 1991 Correction]
    Buried  20 Dec 1970  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 23, 24
    Person ID  I61  All Families
    Last Modified  2 Mar 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  Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers,   b. 18 Jul 1876, Tama Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1918, near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Oct 1893  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9, 25, 26
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Walker, Samuel N.; Spouse: Moyers, Hattie May; Marriage Date: 25 October 1893; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Marriage Fact 
    • (Email note from Marge Kimble re marriage as found in Louisa County marriage book:) October 25,1893 Samuel N. Walker, age 25/Hattie May Moyers, age 18.
    Officiant  Reverend Henness  [28
    Residence  20 Apr 1896  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [28, 29
    • Son George Percy Walker was born in Abingdon on this date.
    Residence  Abt 1896/1899  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 28, 30
    • Sam and Hattie moved to Abingdon from Iowa. Sam worked for the railroad there. They apparently had returned to Newport, Iowa, by December 1899, when Albert "Ross" Walker was born. Acdording to the 1895 Iowa state census, they were living in Louisa County, Iowa, in 1895, so they must have moved to Illinois in about 1896.
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    Samuel Nathaniel and Hattie Mae 'Harriet' (Moyers) Walker and Their First Ten Children
    Samuel Nathaniel and Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker and Their First Ten Children
    Sam and Harriet Walker had eleven children. Hattie died not long after the birth of their last child, Bill Walker (William David). This photograph was taken in 1915, after the birth of their daughter, Ruth. In the back row, left to right, standing, were: Maude Mae, George Prcy, Zella "Myrtle," Thomas Clifford "Cliff," and Paul Moyers Walker. Seated, left to right: Albert Ross, Samuel Nathaniel Hattie Mae (Moyers), and Elsie Ella Walker. Children in the front were: Hattie "Leota, Samuel Clinton "Sam," and Ruth Rebecca Walker.
    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.
    Siblings Elsie, George, and Maude Walker
    Siblings Elsie, George, and Maude Walker
    The girls on this photograph are labeled backwards (i.e. Elsie is on the right, Maude on the left). These were the first three children born to Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Harriet Mae "Hattie" (Moyers) Walker. They were Elsie Ella Walker (1894-1992), George Percy Walker (1896-1985), and Maude Mae Walker (1897-1970). The photograph was probably taken in 1898 (as Maude appears to be about a year old), and was taken in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, by Will Dyall. The Dyall name continued into the 1940s or 1950s, at least, as a photography business in Mt. Pleasant. Many of the senior class photographs which are on this site were taken at the C. Herbert Dyall Studio. (Provided courtesy of Connie Gutting.)
    The 'Walker Homestead'
    The "Walker Homestead"
    Marge Kimble calls the house in the photograph the "Walker Homestead." It was the home of Charles Pearsey Walker in the 19th century, built in 1903 by Samuel Dotson (1858-1931). It was later the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker when Charles moved to a smaller home on his property.

    Several of the people in the photograph can be positively identified, and several others inspire some educated guessing.

    The woman on the left, with the horse, by all rights should probably be Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker. But she doesn't look anything like the other photographs of Hattie. At the moment she is an intriguing mystery. The man second from the left is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.

    The woman sitting in the chair is Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell. I believe some of the four children are probably hers, and it would seem likely the man sitting with the youngest child is likely her husband, Eli Frizzell. By 1906, which is the date that was written on the back of the photograph, Vernie and Eli six children. Sam and Hattie Walker had seven.

    The couple on the right in the back do not seem to match in any sense faces of people who are already identified.
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    Vashti Annie (Walker/Brewer) Edger and Two Walker Girls
    This photograph seems to have been taken near the home of Charles Pearsey and Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. The two girls standing near the seated Vashti Edger have also apparently appeared in the "Walker Homestead" photograph with Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Everna Ida "Vernie" (Walker) Frizzell. I can only guess but think they are possibly Elsie Ella Walker and Maude Mae Walker, or else Maude and sister Zella "Myrtle" Walker.
    Another Day at the 'Walker Homestead'
    Another Day at the "Walker Homestead"
    The shadows ran deep at the time this photograph was taken of what then was the home of the family of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. A girl, probably a daughter, is seen on the left, but her face is hidden by the fence post, and probably not clear enough, anyway, to identify her. It is not possible to know when this was taken, so I have estimated between 1910-1925.

    This house has long since been torn down.
    Midway School in about 1911 or 1912
    Midway School in about 1911 or 1912
    Midway School was a one-room schoolhouse near Newport, Iowa (which is presently located on U.S. Highway 61 between Burlington and Muscatine, Iowa, not far from Wapello or Morning Sun, Iowa). Until the Wapello consolidated school district was formed, the children of Samuel Walker all attended Midway School. He was a school officer of the school in 1920.

    According to stories I heard from my mother as a child, the Walker children walked from their farmhouse a long distance to the road to catch a ride or else all the way to this school everyday, which indeed could have been dour in times of deep snow and cold winter weather.

    Paul Moyers Walker, who was born in 1904, appears to be about 7 or 8 years old in this photograph, dating it to probably about 1911-1912.

    Other family members identified are Maude Mae Walker, her future husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, and Lorinda Fern "Loie" Umphrey. The teacher of these children was Myrtle Irwin.
    Walker Children Under the Trees
    Walker Children Under the Trees
    These are a number of my maternal aunts and uncles. Although no evidence of a picnic can be seen in the picture, it "feels" like a picnic. It also feels humid. And too hot to be wearing all those clothes.

    I don't know if the Walker family owned a camera at this time; Myrtle Walker would seem to be either in this photograph or else taking the picture, considering her age. It's a higher quality print than the snapshots of children Leota and Ruth in the next few years, so it almost feels as though it is a "studio" print.

    Paul Moyers Walker is standing with the got on the left, Elsie Ella Walker is sitting to his left, Albert "Ross" Walker is behind Elsie, Maude Mae is then in front, George, the family dog an Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker. This photograph was likely taken in the summer of 1912.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: The Summer Canoe on the Pond
    1912 Walker Family Photos: The Summer Canoe on the Pond
    This is a photograph (photo postcard style) I have inherited. My cousin, Virginia Golliher, has the same image and the people in the canoe are identified on hers. Her mother, Myrtle, and my mother, Leota, were both in the picture.

    The older woman on the left is Rebecca Ellen (Pence) Moyers. The girl in front of her is Zella "Myrtle" Walker. George Washington Earl Moyers is rowing the canoe. On the right are Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker, and she is holding the baby (my mother), Hattie "Leota" Walker. My mother was born in March 1912, so this photograph was taken in that summer. Myrtle was 7 or else 8, depending upon the date of the picture.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Charles Pearsey Walker's Second Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Charles Pearsey Walker's Second Home Near Newport
    When Sam Walker moved into his father's farm home, Charles P. Walker moved to a second house that was on the property. He lived there with his second wife, Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker. In this photograph Sam, his wife and three children are visiting Charles and Sally. It was probably taken the same day as the photograph of the Moyers and Walkers who were in a canoe on a pond at the farm.

    Left to right: Hattie Mae (Moyers) Walker, holding Hattie "Leota" Walker, Zella "Myrtle" Walker, Charles Pearsey Walker (standing, porting a beard which is seen in other photographs of this time), Sarah, known as "Aunt Sallie" Walker, sitting in her chair, and father Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker holding the hands of his two youngest sons at the time, Paul Moyers Walker, and Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (it is unclear which might be which). Marge Kimble kindly provided this photograph.
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    1912 Walker Family Photos: In the Back Yard of Charles Pearsey Walker's Home Near Newport
    One of a series of photographs apparently all taken the same summer day in 1912, this includes several family members who can be almost certainly identified and children who can be surmised. This photograph is from the back yard of the home where Charles Pearsey Walker and wife Sarah lived.

    Standing, left to right in this photograph are: John Franklin Russell, Elsie Ella Walker, Maude Mae Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" Walker holding Hattie "Leota," and Flossie Zella Russell. Kneeling on the ground is Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, holding a son who is probably Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker (age two at the time, and known as "Sammie" when he was young).
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Sammie, Myrtle, and Leota Walker
    1912 Walker Family Photos: Sammie, Myrtle, and Leota Walker
    This photograph from late spring or early summer 1912 is of three Walker children. Sammie (Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker) is the little boy on the left. Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle" Walker) is seated on the chair, barefoot, so it must not have been too chilly of a day. The baby is my mother, Leota Walker (Hattie "Leota"). She had been born in March.

    I have a feeling the series of summer 1912 photographs that have surfaced may have been taken on the occasion of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker's 43rd birthday celebration in July.
    Walker Women and a Moyers - Three Generations
    Walker Women and a Moyers - Three Generations
    This photograph ports three generations of Walker family women and or three generations of Moyers women, depending upon once reference. Standing in the rear left is Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle"), the baby is her sister, Ruth Rebecca, next is their mother, Harriett (Hattie Mae (Moyers)), with her mother, Rebecca Moyers next to her (Rebecca (Pence)) and Harriett's daughter, Maude (Maude Mae) on the right. Seated is "Aunt Sallie," (Sarah Ann "Sally" (Houseman/Edgar) Walker), the step-mother-in-law of Harriett, the second wife of Charles Pearsey Walker. The little girl in the front was my mother, Leota (Hattie "Leota"), another daughter of Hattie Mae (Moyers) Walker.

    Ruth was born in 1915. This photograph was probably taken during the summer of 1916.
    Sisters Hattie 'Leota' and Ruth Rebecca Walker and the Family Dog
    Sisters Hattie "Leota" and Ruth Rebecca Walker and the Family Dog
    This photograph, in a series probably taken in summer 1917, is of Ruth Walker on the left and Leota Walker on the right. Back by the shed is an older person, who is too blurry to see clearly, but looks to be their older sister, Zella "Myrtle" Walker.
    Leota and Ruth Walker - Near the Back Door
    Leota and Ruth Walker - Near the Back Door
    There exists another photograph of Leota (Hattie "Leota") and sister Ruth (Ruth Rebecca) Walker with their dog, but this one appears to have been taken on a different day, and after a frolic in the mud. I remember my mother (Leota) looking at this photograph when I was a kid and exclaiming, "Look at how dirty we were!"
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker, Her Sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker, and Their Friend
    Hattie "Leota" Walker, Her Sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker, and Their Friend
    The young girl on the right is a relative or friend of Leota (on the left) and Ruth Walker (in the middle). There is no identification on the back of the photograph.
    Walker Sisters at the Midway School
    Walker Sisters at the Midway School
    Midway School was the one-room rural schoolhouse attended by many of the Walker family when they were children. In this photograph, sisters Myrtle (Zella "Myrtle"), Leota (Hattie "Leota") and Ruth (Ruth Rebecca) were all posing as part of a group photograph of the young women who were attending the school. It was probably taken in about 1919 or so. Ruth would only have been 3 or 4, Myrtle soon quit attending school after the death of her mother in 1918. Leota would have been about 7.
    William David 'Bill' Walker and His Older Sister, Zella 'Myrtle' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker and His Older Sister, Zella "Myrtle" Walker
    In about 1919, Bill Walker was learning to sit on the family horse, under the watchful eye of his older sister, Myrtle.
    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.
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker, William David 'Bill' Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Franklin Russell, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, and Frizzell Family Members
    John Russell is sitting in the front in this photograph likely taken in about 1930. Bill Walker is standing in the back row, and his father, Sam Walker is slightly behind him. The Frizzell children are too young to be those of Eli and Vernie (Walker) Frizzell (except for the oldest boy in the back row, who possibly could be Charles Frederick Frizzell, born 1913). They apparently are the next generation of the Frizzell family, and are not identified.
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and His Sons, Probably 1939
    Samuel Nathaniel Walker and His Sons, Probably 1939
    Sam Walker's 70th birthday was a good occasion for a photo with his sons.

    Left to right in this photograph are Thomas Clifford "Cliff," Samuel Clinton "Sam," William David "Bill," Samuel Nathaniel "Sam, and George Percy Walker

    This snapshot does not appear to have been taken by the same person who took a series of photographs which I believe to have have been taken at the 1939 birthday party/family reunion on the occasion of Sam Walker's 70th birthday; nevertheless it appears it may be from the same reunion, and could have been taken by someone with a second camera (this is based on the kind of developing paper used, etc.).

    In 1929 Sam's sons posed for a group photo, and once again they are seen together, along with their father, in this picture. If indeed it is a photo from 1939, it was taken four months after the death of these sons' sister, Ruth. Their brother Ross had died three years earlier.

    Assuming these dates to be approximately correct, according to Ruth Walker's obituary, at the time she died her siblings George, Leota, Myrtle, and Clifford were all living in New London, Iowa. Sam Clinton Walker lived in Marion. Sister Maude (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner lived in Winterset. Paul and Bill Walker lived in Morning Sun. (Paul is not in this picture, and whether or not he was living on the family farm is not known; Bill, judging by his age at the time, probably was living at home.) Additionally Sam and Reil's children, Viola, John, Marjorie and Robert were young and still living at home.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker and His Sons: Cliff, Sam, Bill, and George
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and His Sons: Cliff, Sam, Bill, and George
    This snapshot does not appear to have been taken by the same person who took a series of photographs which I believe to have been from the 70th birthday party in 1939 Sam N. Walker. It very well may be from the same reunion and taken by someone with a second camera (this observation is based on the kind of developing paper used, etc.).

    In 1929 Sam's sons posed for a group photo, and here once again they are seen together, along with their father. If indeed it is a photo from 1939, it was taken four months after the death of their sister, Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker. Their brother Albert "Ross" Walker had died three years earlier.

    Assuming these dates to be approximately correct, according to Ruth Walker's obituary, at the time she died her siblings George, Leota, Myrtle, and Clifford were all living in New London, Iowa. Sam Clinton Walker lived in Marion, Iowa. Sister Maude (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner lived in Winterset. Paul Moyers and William David "Bill" Walker both lived in Morning Sun.

    Paul is not in this picture, and whether or not he was living on the family farm is not known;

    Additionally Sam N. had children from his second marriage to Jennie "Reil" Hannah: Viola, John, Marjorie and Robert were all still young and living at home.

    In the far back on the left is Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker is to his left. In the front are Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, father Samuel Nathaniel, and on the right is George Percy Walker.

    Several Family Members Round a Tree
    Several Family Members Round a Tree
    Another photograph of what is probably this bench that encircles this fine shade tree exists with a very young Shirley Lea Broeker standing near it. The women in this photograph are, left to right: Flossie Zella Walker talking to Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, whose back is turned to the camera. In the front are Hattie "Leota" Walker with her sister, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, resting her head on her shoulder.

    My educated guess was this photograph was taken in the summer of 1939, at the time of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker's 70th birthday party.
    Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' Walker and His Daughter, Elsie Ella Walker
    Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and His Daughter, Elsie Ella Walker
    During a vacation visit to Iowa from her religious pursuits, daughter Elsie and her father Sam Walker posed for this photograph, taken probably in about July 1949.
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    A Four Generation Walker, Fortner, Howey, Photograph
    In 1951, probably the summer, this photograph was taken of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker, his daughter, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, her daughter, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, and the newborn Dennis Brien Howey, who is known as "Denny B." The photograph was taken on the side of the house where Sam and Reil Walker lived. Margretta Howey would die in 1953.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Zella 'Myrtle' (Walker) Dotson
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson
    Sisters Maude Fortner and Myrtle Dotson, probably taken in about 1958, location unknown. It doesn't appear that it was summer.
    Seven Children of Samuel Nathaniel 'Sam' and Hattie Mae 'Harriett' Moyers Walker in About 1965
    Seven Children of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers Walker in About 1965
    This family reunion was held at my home, the home of Bill and Leota Brumm, as nearly as I can date it in summer 1965. The photograph was taken in the front yard of our house, with Pine Street and the Grinstead and Harper houses somewhat visible in the background. The photograph was taken by Roy Grant Fortner, and the siblings in the yard are, from left to right, Samuel Clinton Walker, Zella "Myrtle" Dotson, Elsie Ella Walker, William David Walker, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, and George Percy Walker. I am quite certain this is the last such group photograph my mother, Leota Brumm, was in before her death in November 1967. Of the eleven children of Sam and Hattie (Moyers) Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" lived in Colorado at this time, Albert "Ross" Walker, Paul Moyers Walker, and Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker were dead.
    Relaxing on the Front Yard at a Walker Family Reunion
    Relaxing on the Front Yard at a Walker Family Reunion
    This was another photograph taken during a family reunion at the Bill and Leota Brumm house that was in the summer, probably of 1965. My mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, is cut off on the left, with Jay Brian Lox petting a dog, sitting on the ground in front of her, then left to right were Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Elsie Ella Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, and Elsie's traveling companion, who was in the same religious sect that Elsie was in.
    A Walker Family Reunion in 1965
    A Walker Family Reunion in 1965
    A number of other photographs from this particular reunion exist and are posted on the site. Some are in black and white (some of those are pretty blurry, having been taken by me). A few are in color, including this group shot of family members sitting on the front yard of my family home on South Pine Street in New London, Iowa. It was a hot Iowa summer day, with high humidity, typical of the place.

    This photograph is of medium quality. Left to right are: Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, her granddaughter, Connie Jean Brunk, George Percy Walker. The boy standing is Jay Brian Lox, who is right in front of seated William David "Bill" Walker. After the gap, my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, her sisters, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and Elsie Ella Walker, their brother, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, and the non-family member whose name I don't know, Elsie's traveling companion.

    This photograph may have been taken by Roy Fortner; either it was his, mine, or another family member who sent it to my mother.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Zella 'Myrtle' (Walker Dotson at the Fourth of July in Morning Sun
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker Dotson at the Fourth of July in Morning Sun
    Sisters Maude Fortner and Myrtle Dotson are enjoying the festivities July 4, 1968, in Morning Sun, Iowa, at the Locust Grove Park in town. There is always a large Independence Day celebration in Morning Sun. They were probably suggesting I put my camera away.
    Documents
    Antiquity to Modern: 65 Generations
    Antiquity to Modern: 65 Generations
    This is a document featuring 65 generations of descendants of Godwulf (born circa AD 80) to Dennis Brumm. Through the Fox family genealogy, much of which was provided by researcher Jodie Streit, plus some research I did backing it out from the royal family of England (to which the Fox family is connected, including Norse legends which can never be proven, this is the furthest back my database goes. It is not posted to be taken as "fact" in the earliest of generations/ (Note: this document is in .pdf format.)
    Family ID  F5  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Geoffrey Paul Umphrey,   b. 5 Dec 1897, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1931, Memorial Hospital, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Oct 1916  Parsonage of the First M. E. Church, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [31, 32, 33
    • Family sheets from Ray Pilling stated Geoffrey and Maude were married October 14, 1916.
    Alt. Marriage  16 Oct 1916  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Name: Geoffrey P. Umphrey; Event Date: 14 October 1916; Event Place: Louisa, Iowa; Age: 18; Father: Thomas J. Umphrey; Mother: Mary Copeland; Spouse: Maude M. Walker; Spouse's Age: 18; Spouse's Father: Samuel Walker; Spouse's Mother: Hattie Moyers; Film Number: 1870162; Digital Folder Number: 004322391; Image Number: 00731
    Marriage Announcement  26 Oct 1916  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • The Wapello Republican notes as follows the wedding of a popular young couple of this vicinity. The many friends of both will extend congratulations: "Geoffrey P. Umphrey, residing south of town, and Miss Maude M. Walker, daughter of Samuel Walker of near Morning Sun, were united in marriage at the parsonage of the First M. E. church, Saturday, October 14, Reverend C. E. Coggshall performing the ceremony.
    Residence  Apr 1918  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26, 34
    Residence  28 Dec 1920  Crawfordsville, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    • Daughter Margretta was born in Crawfordsville.
    Newspaper Article  29 Aug 1929  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    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  5 Oct 1930  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • A picnic was held at the home of Thomas Walker Sunday, October 5 [1930]. Those who enjoyed the affair were: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Marston, Mr. and Mrs. Orin Pierce, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, and daughters, Vera and Mazie, Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Umphrey and children, Thelma and Margretta, and Thomas and Paul of New London; Miss Velma Robbins, Sam and Paul Walker of Moline, Illinois; Misses Ruth, Viola and Leota Walker and William Walker of Wapello and the host, Thomas Walker of Morning Sun.
    Residence  Mar 1931  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [38, 39
    • According to a phone conversation with Thelma (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, the Umphreys lived on the corner of South Pine Street and Main Street.
    Hattie 'Leota' Walker and Paul Moyers Walker Visit the  Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey Family After the Death of Her Husband
    Hattie "Leota" Walker and Paul Moyers Walker Visit the Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey Family After the Death of Her Husband
    A news item in the column with the Morning Sun, Iowa, local news, reporting Hattie "Leota" and Paul Moyers Walker had gone to New London (Iowa) to visit their sister, Maude Umphrey, soon after the death of her husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner are buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The inscription on the top of the stone is: "Umphrey." The epitaph on the side of the stone is: "Geoffrey Paul 1897 - 1931; Maude Mae, 1897 - 1970"
    The Headstone of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Headstone of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Children 
    >1. Thelma Verlee Umphrey,   b. 12 Feb 1917, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 2012, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Margretta Mae Umphrey,   b. 28 Dec 1920, Crawfordsville, Washington County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1953, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey,   b. 29 Sep 1922, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1996, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey, Sr.,   b. 7 Sep 1924, Mercy Hospital, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 2007, Mercy Hospital, Cadillac, Wexford County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Photos

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    Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, and Their Daughters, Thelma Verlee and Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, and Their Daughters, Thelma Verlee and Margretta Mae Umphrey
    Margretta, the baby in this photograph, was born in December 1920, so likely the picture was taken in the summer of that year. Her older sister, Thelma, was age 3. Geoffrey and Maude would also have two sons, Tommy and Paul. Geoffrey died in March 1931.
    Four Generations of 'Walkers'
    Four Generations of "Walkers"
    Thelma Verlee Umphrey was the baby in this photograph probably taken in summer of 1917. She is being held by her grandfather, Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. Her mother, standing between the men, was Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey. And Thelma's grandfather, Charles Pearsey Walker, was standing on the right of the photograph.
    Walkers and Umphreys and Two Unknown Babies
    Walkers and Umphreys and Two Unknown Babies
    Several of the children in this photograph from the time period about 1926/28 are identified, but the two youngest children in the front are not identified for sure.

    The back row of children are Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, Thelma Verlee Umphrey, and their aunt, Ruth Rebecca Walker. Tommy and Thelma's sister, Margretta Mae Umphrey, is the middle child in the front row. It is possible the child on the right is Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey, but I cannot tell for sure, and it seems that he might be a little older looking (he is only two years younger than Tommy). The babies could be children of Sam and Reil Walker, children of George and Verona Walker, or as well a child of Ted and Myrtle Dotson or Ross and Vinnie Walker, or Cliff and Marguerite Walker.
    Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr., Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, and John Franklin Russell With a Horse
    At first look, the horse in this photograph looked to me like a "miniature camel." That would have been a local topic of conversation, if it were true. John Russell is obviously showing Tubby and Tommy Umphrey the ins and outs of the young horse's behavior.
    The Four Children of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    The Four Children of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    These are the two daughters and two sons of Maude and Geoffrey Umphrey. Margretta Mae Umphrey is the shorter girl in the back; Thelma Verlee Umphrey is the taller girl in the family. The brothers, left to right, are Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey and Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey. This photograph was likely taken in 1927 or 1928.
    The Families of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, Gorge Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, And One or Two Other Children
    The Families of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, Gorge Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, And One or Two Other Children
    It appears Geoffrey and Maude Walker and children went on an excursion with George and Verona Walker one day in about 1929 or 1930.

    The four Umphrey children are all pictured in this photograph. Although it would seem logical that the children in the front row are Vera, Jean, and Mazie Walker, the children of George and Verona, it cannot be, as their daughter, Jean, was born after the death of Geoffrey Umphrey in 1931.

    It does seem the little girl on the right is George and Verona Walker's daughter, Mazie, but the two children in the front left could be any number of family members, or even family friends. One may possibly be Vera, but this does not seem clear to anyone who has studied the photograph.

    Other possibilities, considering people who lived in or near New London, Iowa, at that time, would include Clifford Walker's children or Myrtle Dotson's children; at this time George and Verona Walker as well as Maude and Geoffrey Umphrey did live in New London.

    This may be one of the last photographs taken of Geoffrey before his unexpected death after surgery in Mt. Pleasant Hospital on March 9, 1931.
    Tommy and Tubby Umphrey and The Pigeon
    Tommy and Tubby Umphrey and The Pigeon
    Brothers Tom and Paul ("Tubby") Umphrey, born Thomas Samuel "Tom" and Paul Eugene Umphrey, were the sons of Geoffrey Paul Umphrey (1897-1931) and Maude Mae Walker (1897-1970). The single chimney in the center of the roof of the house behind the boys indicates they may have been standing in the back yard of what is called "The Walker Homestead," the farmhouse where Charles Pearsey Walker and later Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker lived.
    Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Tom Umphrey and Maude Walker in about 1960. The photograph was taken in Michigan, and provided courtesy of Tom's daughter, Carol Kelley.
    Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) Virden, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen, and Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr.
    A photograph from 1974 of Vera Virden, and her cousins Thelma Allen and Tubby Umphrey. The photograph was either taken in Michigan or else Iowa, but the location was not identified. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Siblings Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, and Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey
    Siblings Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde, and Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey
    This photograph of the three living children of Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey was apparently taken in 1991 at the 50th wedding anniversary of Tom and his wife, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey. Paul (1924-2007) was on the left, Thelma, and then Tommy (1922-1996) on the right.
    Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and His Sister, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde
    Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and His Sister, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey/Allen) Bearde
    Tommy and Thelma were photographed here at Tom's granddaughter's wedding, that of Lisa Marie Pillsbury.
    Brothers Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey Sr.
    Brothers Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr.
    Taken in May 1996, this photograph of Tommy and Tubby Umphrey was only a few months before Tom died in December of that year. Tubby died in 2007.
    Documents
    Residences of Maternal Family Members in New London, Iowa During the 20th Century
    Residences of Maternal Family Members in New London, Iowa During the 20th Century
    I constructed this map of my home town of New London, Iowa, and noted the residences where various family members connected to the maternal Walker family lived during my lifetime in the town. I since have determined the location of another family earlier on, Geoffrey Paul and Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey, who were living in New London for a few years before Geoffrey's death in 1931. Using census data from the 1930 federal census, I believe it was six houses directly north of our family's home on South Pine Street (also on South Pine).

    There were other family members, more distantly connected, living in town during the years I was there, but I was not completely aware of these connections at the time I undertook this exercise.
    General Newsprint

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    Picnic at Thomas Walker's Home
    A short article reporting on an autumn family picnic at the home of Thomas "Tom" Walker. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Umphreys and Ruth Walker Visit Moline, Illinois
    Umphreys and Ruth Walker Visit Moline, Illinois
    A news item that Maude Mae (Walker) and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey along with their daughter, Thelma Verlee, all of New London, Iowa, and Maude's sister, Ruth Rebecca Walker of Wapello Iowa, had visited Moline, Illinois. (In October 1930 Maude and Ruth's brother, Samuel Clinton Walker, was living in Moline.)
    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.
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Announcement of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    The Marriage Announcement of Maude Mae Walker and Geoffrey Paul Umphrey
    Maude and Geoffrey were married October 14, 1916, at the parsonage of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Wapello, Iowa.
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F50  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Roy Grant Fortner,   b. 18 Sep 1894, Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1968, Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1932  [41
    Marriage Fact 
    • Roy was first mentioned as married to Maude in the Morning Sun News-Herald February 2, 1933, on the occasion of the death of Maude's half sister, Rosalie Reil Walker.
    Residence  Feb 1933  New London, Henry County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [42, 43
    Residence  18 May 1936  Winterset, Madison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [44
    Residence  Mar 1939  Winterset, Madison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [45
    Residence  Abt 1940  Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [46, 47
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [48
    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  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [49
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Called to Morning Sun to funeral services for Mrs. Margaretta (sic) Howey were David Howey and son, Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, Mrs. Lloyd Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Umphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Umphrey and Paul Jr., all of Detroit, Michigan; Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, all of Marion, Iowa; Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Elaine Dotson and Sylvia, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Arm(?) (sic: Arnold) Brunk, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Doris and Wilda, Mrs. Bill Brumm, all of New London; Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello.
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [50
    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.)
    Newspaper Article  Mar 1957  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [51
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Attend Walker Funeral Here

      The following relatives of the S. N. Walker family attended funeral services for Mr. Walker on Tuesday afternoon of last week:

      Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mr. and Mrs. R. T. (sic: T. R.) Dotson of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm of New London; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lox, Oquawka, Illinois; Mrs. Elwood Marshall, Fort Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Walker, Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Sam C. Walker, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker, Marengo; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker, Crawfordsville; Mrs. Talma Lyons, Alliance, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and Pamela of Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Verl Van Houten and family, Corpus Christi, Texas; Miss Elsie Walker, Benton, Arkansas; Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Sanders, Osceola; Mr. and Mrs. Austin Reynolds, Baxter; Mrs. Rodney Phillips and Cressie Edgar, Panora.
    A List of Those in Attendance at the Funeral of Samuel Nathaniel Walker
    Sam Walker had many relatives and friends who attended his funeral. (Courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble.) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Residence  Mar 1959  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  [52
    Moved  Abt 1963  Knoxville, Marion County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [46
    • Maude and Roy Fortner returned to Iowa from Michigan after the death of Roy's sister, Lillian Fortner (an older sister, Nora Fortner, had also recently passed away). They inherited a fair sum of money from Lillian and an older two story house in Knoxville, Iowa, about two or three blocks south of the main square in that city, and the house was a pack rat's dream. Shelves were stored with vast amounts of spoiled (from age) food, there were "things" everywhere. One of the nicest things I remember was an old, rather large, short wave radio, that brought in stations from all around the globe. Though many of the items were probably only 30 or so years old, they seemed as if they were from another century to me.

      After sorting through the many "treasures" in the house, they later built a new home on the lot next to it, and remained there until Roy died in 1968. Maude then moved to West Burlington.
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    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude and Roy Fortner were married in 1932 after the death of Maude's first husband, Geoffrey Paul Umphrey. They lived in Winterset, Iowa, for a time, and then moved to Detroit, Michigan. In the 1960s they returned to Knoxville, Iowa, where they inherited some property through one of Roy's sisters. This photograph was likely taken for a wedding anniversary, probably in 1962, possibly in 1967.
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    The Lloyd Allen Family In Iowa, with Other Umphrey and Fortner Family Members
    Some of the people in this photograph have been identified. For others I have made some speculation, but have not been able to get positive identifications. Those who I feel can be identified are:
    Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen and Lloyd Smith Allen, Roy Grant Fortner (apparently peering over the top in the back row),
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, holding daughter, Carol Ann Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Some of the other people in the photograph are apparently other relatives of Lloyd's.
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Dave Howey
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Dave Howey
    A family portrait of Roy Grant and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner; and Their Son-in-law, David Floyd "Dave" Howey.
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Roy Grant Fortner At Niagara Falls, New York
    The Howey family (Dave, Margretta) apparently took a trip with Maude and Roy Fortner in about 1948 to Niagara Falls, New York. Dave Howey would therefore be taking this photograph.
    Fortners and Umphreys In Michigan
    Fortners and Umphreys In Michigan
    This photograph is of, left to right, Roy Grant Fortner, Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey (possibly Carol Ann her sister, but it looks more like Sandy, though a bit blurry and hard to tell), Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, and, sitting in the chair in the front of the picture, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner. The photograph was taken in Michigan.
    Lillian Irma (Fortner) Vance, and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Lillian Irma (Fortner) Vance, and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Although the shadows on this photograph are terribly distracting, it is the only photograph that has come forth of Lillian Vance. I heard a lot about her when I was a near adolescent, so it was interesting for me to see what she looks like. Her brother, Roy Fortner, who was adopted, believed that Lillian might have been his birth mother, and that there was a family cover-up. The Fortner family came from the vicinity of Knoxville, Iowa, but Lillian lived in Michigan for a number of years after her marriage to John Vance, so possibly this photograph was taken either in Iowa or Michigan.
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Granddaughters Sandy and Carol Umphrey
    Roy and Maude Fortner with Granddaughters Sandy and Carol Umphrey
    A photograph from about 1952 of Roy Grant and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner with their granddaughters in Michigan, Sandra Kay "Sandy" and Carol Ann Umphrey.
    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    A Wedding Anniversary Photograph of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    This photograph was likely taken around 1960, probably in Michigan, where Maude and Roy Fortner lived several more years before moving back to Iowa, their home in the 1930s.
    The Cake and Display of a Wedding Anniversary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    The Cake and Display of a Wedding Anniversary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Another photograph in the database features Maude and Roy Fortner standing behind this table setting, which features a large bouquet of flowers and a cake to honor them on one of their wedding anniversaries. The photograph was taken in Michigan, likely provided my family by the Fortners.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Steven Lynn "Steve" Umphrey, and Roy Grant Fortner
    Steve Umphrey is in this photograph with his grandparents, Maude and Roy Fortner. Taken in about 1960 in Michigan. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Helen Mary (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Helen Mary (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Taken in Christmas 1994, Helen Umphrey is on the left, her mother-in-law and step father-in-law on the right, Maude and Roy Fortner.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner
    This photograph of Maude and Roy Fortner was probably taken in about 1964 or 1965.
    Maude and Roy Fortner at Christmas in Knoxville, Iowa
    Maude and Roy Fortner at Christmas in Knoxville, Iowa
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Roy Grant Fortner lived in Knoxville, Iowa, beginning in the mid 1960s. Roy inherited the home in which two of his sisters had lived. It was a large, old, two-story home, which was more space than they needed, so on a lot next to the house they built a smaller, "more modern," 1960s style one story "ranch style" home. This photograph was taken in their living room in the new house. One of the pieces of furniture in that room was an electric player piano, which I, as a young pianist, found pretty intriguing. I remember liking best the piano roll for "Winchester Cathedral," a song released in late 1966 and popular in 1967.
    Recordings

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    Let Me Call You Sweetheart
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Relatives and a friend and I singing the end of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," a piece of sheet music in the house, the evening of the birthday party. Those whom I remember who were present and singing were Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) and Roy Grant Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, and my mother, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm. I don't believe Ted Dotson or my dad participated in the sing-a-long. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    Several aunts, my mother, and I sing a round rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, Dennis William Brumm.
    Silent Night
    Silent Night
    This recording was made in September 1965, on the occasion of my 13th birthday party at our home in New London, Iowa, using a moderately inexpensive reel-to-reel tape recorder which I believe was my birthday present that year. It was not on the highest grade of tape and was not transferred to the digital medium until many years later, therefore the sound quality, though enhanced, is still not good.

    The same cast as in other recordings of the day: Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm, and Roy Grant Fortner.
    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals The Funeral Report from Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey's Funeral
    Those who attended Margretta's funeral came from Detroit, Michigan, Marion, Fort Madison, West Burlington, Wapello, and New London, Iowa, and Oquawka, Illinois. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F51  Group Sheet

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    Maude Mae (Walker)Umphrey
    Maude Mae (Walker)Umphrey
    Maude Walker was married to Geoffrey Paul Umphrey October 16 in Louisa County, Iowa. They had four children, and were living in southeast Iowa when Geoffrey died young, in 1931 Maude remarried in 1932 to Roy Grant Fortner, and the family moved west to Winterset, Iowa, and later to Detroit, Michigan. Roy and Maude Fortner moved back to (Knoxville) Iowa in the 1960s. After Roy's death in 1968, Maude moved to West Burlington, Iowa, and remained there until she died.
    Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey
    Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey
    This is Maude Walker wearing her wedding gown, probably a photograph taken on the day she was first married to Geoffrey Paul Umphrey. After their marriage, the Umphreys lived in Davenport, Iowa, in 1918, Crawfordsville, Iowa, in 1920, and later in New London, Iowa, where other siblings of Maude's had settled. Her name is often seen spelled "Maud" in earlier records, but throughout the course of my lifetime, I only knew it to be spelled "Maude." Her husband, Geoffrey, died in 1931 at age 32. Apparently this photograph at some point was in the possession on Byron Robert Ernst, who was married to Maude's second cousin, Clara Elizabeth Walker. (Additionally Byron had been a foster child of Maude's aunt, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.)
    Five Generations of Moyers
    Five Generations of Moyers
    This photograph, taken in 1917, is a five generation photo of Sam Moyers and his descendants. The people pictured in this, left to right, are: George Washington Earl Moyers, Maude Mae (Walker) Umphrey (standing), Samuel Nelson "Sam" Moyers, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker, and she's holding her granddaughter, Thelma Verlee Umphrey. Sam Moyers is my second great grandfather, and Thelma, who lives in Michigan, is my first cousin. The ornate detail on the chair harkens back to the era of the early twentieth century, before planned obsolescence was invented, and interesting design mostly faded into obscurity of the vast mass market.
    Maude Fortner and Her Granddaughter, Sandy Umphrey
    Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey often accompanied Maude and Roy Walker on trips to Iowa. Here Maude (Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner) and she are possibly even posing before leaving on such a trip. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey
    Maude Fortner, on the left, is with her daughter-in-law, Helen Umphrey in this photograph.
    The Family of Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Family of Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and His Mother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Relaxing on the lawn in this photograph from about 1950 are Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, Tom Umphrey, and Maude Fortner in the back, Carol Ann and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey in the front. The photograph was probably taken by Maude's husband, Roy Grant Fortner.
    The Extended Families of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Extended Families of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    On what certainly seems to be a Sunday morning, possibly spring, these family members posed together

    Back row, left to right: Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Lloyd Smith Allen, Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr. Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr., Roy Grant Fortner, David Floyd "Dave" Howey.

    Middle row, left to right: Thomas Umphrey, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Thelma (Umphrey) Allen; standing on the higher step: Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Front row left to right: Lois Ann (Thibodean) Umphrey, Phyllis Ann Allen, Paul Lloyd Allen.
    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).
    Thomas "Tom" Walker with Dennis Brien "Denny B." Howey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    During one of Maude Fortner's trips back to Iowa from Michigan she came with her daughter, Margretta Howey, and her newborn grandson, Dennis Brien Howey. Tom Walker was one of a number of relatives who lived in the Morning Sun, Iowa, area. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Carol and Sandy Umphrey with Their Grandmother, Maude Fortner
    Carol and Sandy Umphrey with Their Grandmother, Maude Fortner
    This photograph, probably from about 1951, is of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner with her two granddaughters, Carol Ann Umphrey on the left, and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey on the right. The girls are daughters of Tom and Helen Umphrey. These are families that live(d) in Michigan.
    Carol Ann Umphrey with Her Grandmother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Maude was tending to her granddaughter, Carl Umphrey, in this photograph taken in about 1951 in Michigan. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Elsie Ella Walker
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Sister, Elsie Ella Walker
    Maude Fortner and Elsie Walker on a blustery day, location unknown.
    Paul Lloyd Allen and His Grandmother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Paul Lloyd Allen and His Grandmother, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Paul Allen is the son of Maude Fortner's daughter, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) and her husband, Lloyd Smith Allen.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Her Grandson, Dennis Brien ("Denny B.") Howey
    This photograph of Maude Fortner and her grandson, Dennis Howey, was probably taken in Michigan, where they both lived. Margretta Howey, who was the mother of Denny B., died when he was only a toddler. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner with the Families of Her Sons, Thomas Samuel 'Tom' Umphrey, and Paul Eugene 'Tubby' Umphrey
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner with the Families of Her Sons, Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey, and Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey
    This photograph, provided by Carol Kelley, was taken in 1955 or 1956 "on Golden Gate" (the street) in either Detroit or suburban Detroit, Michigan. The children of Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Sr. and Lois Ann (Thibodeau) Umphrey in this photograph were: Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr., Steven Lynn "Steve" Umphrey, Thomas Michael "Mike" Umphrey, and Sharon Louise Umphrey. The daughters of Thomas Samuel "Tom" Umphrey and Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey were: Carol Ann Umphrey and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey.

    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner was the mother of Paul Sr. and Tom Umphrey.
    Maude Fortner With Her Umphrey and Allen Relatives on a Cold Night
    Maude Fortner With Her Umphrey and Allen Relatives on a Cold Night
    Left to right, back row, in this photograph, are: Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, Helen Marie (Collingwood) Umphrey, Thelma Verlee (Umphrey) Allen, and Lloyd Smith Allen. In the front are Steven Lynn "Steve" Umphrey, Carol Ann Umphrey, and Sharon Louise Umphrey. Taken in about 1956.
    Ted and Myrtle Dotson, Maude Fortner, and Sandy Umphrey at Niagara Falls, New York
    This photograph, as another in the series, was taken in about 1958 in Niagara Falls. Those pictured, left to right, are: Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Sandy Umphrey With Her Grandmother, Maude Fortner, at Niagara Falls, New York
    Sandra Kay "Sandy" Umphrey and Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner traveled with Maude's husband, Roy, and Ted and Myrtle Dotson, to Niagara Falls, New York, in about 1958. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner By the Car
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner By the Car
    Maude Fortner is dressed for a somewhat formal occasion in about 1960 in this photograph taken in Michigan.
    The Piano Recital: Dennis William Brumm With His Aunts and Uncle
    I (Dennis Brumm) began piano lessons during the summer of 1957 and continued taking them throughout all my years in New London. My piano teacher after the first summer was Nella Elliott, the wife of G. A. Elliott and daughter-in-law of George Elliott, coincidentally a man for whom my mother worked before I was born.

    Each year during my youth we had recitals; in the very early years or maybe only the first year, they were at my teacher's house. Later they were at the Presbyterian Church in New London. This possibly was at the grade school in New London, and if so, I can't remember the specific circumstances of why I was playing there (perhaps it was just a "talent showcase"), but if it is indeed that instance, it is the only time I publicly messed up a piece something terribly - the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata Piano Sonata Pathétique. That happened in junior high school and this looks to me as if I was still a little bit younger.

    My uncle, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson is in the far left of this photograph, and then left to right are Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner, and Zella "Myrtle" Dotson. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Women Friends
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner and Women Friends
    The group of women Maude Fortner (on the left) is with in this photograph is unknown.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner by Her Coffee Table in Knoxville, Iowa
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner by Her Coffee Table in Knoxville, Iowa
    This photograph of Maude Fortner was taken probably in about 1965 in Knoxville, Iowa, where she and husband, Roy Grant Fortner, lived at the time. The table in front of her was something they inherited from Roy's sister, Lillian Vance, after her death. Maude gave it to our family and I (Dennis William Brumm) still have it in my apartment in San Francisco, California.
    Maude Mae (Umphrey/Walker) Fortner in 1968
    Maude Mae (Umphrey/Walker) Fortner in 1968
    Maude Fortner, the daughter of Sam and Hattie (Moyers) Walker, lived in Michigan as an adult after her marriage to Roy Fortner. They moved back to Iowa in the mid 1960s after Roy's sister, Lillian Vance died. It seems as though she is holding a dish towel in this picture from 1968.
    Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner With Several of Her Great-Grandchildren
    Maude Fortner is seen sitting in her home in Knoxville, Iowa, in this photograph from about 1968. Her great-grandchildren, Lisa Marie Pillsbury and Thomas James "Tom" Wright are on the left of her in the photograph, and Kaye Lynn Pillsbury is on the right side. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Maude Fortner by Her Home in West Burlington, Iowa
    Maude Fortner by Her Home in West Burlington, Iowa
    After the death of her husband, Roy Grant Fortner, Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner sold their home in Knoxville, Iowa, and moved to a home on West Burlington Avenue in West Burlington, Iowa, to be closer to a number of her relatives. Roy died in January 1968, she moved probably in summer of that year, and lived there two years before she died in December 1970.

    Documents
    A Birthday Card on November 2, 1911 (front)
    A Birthday Card on November 2, 1911 (front)
    From Maude Mae Walker to her uncle, Thomas "Tom" Walker. The message is, "Wishes Sincere"
    A Birthday Card on November 2, 1911 (back)
    A Birthday Card on November 2, 1911 (back)
    From Maude Mae Walker to her uncle, Thomas "Tom" Walker at R.R.2, Morning Sun, Iowa. (Tom's birthday was Thursday, November 2.) The card was apparently hand-delivered. The message is, "Dear Uncle: Every good wish for your birthday from your neice (sic), Maude W."

    Birth Records S. N. Walker, 80, Honored By Family
    A newspaper account reporting on the 80th birthday party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. (Published in Morning Sun, Iowa, courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble) (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)

    General Newsprint
    Iowa Club Holding Picnic in Detroit, Michigan
    Iowa Club Holding Picnic in Detroit, Michigan
    A short paragraph published in the paper stating Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner was president of the Iowa Club in Michigan, and they were planning a picnic in Michigan.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    The Funeral Program of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Funeral Program of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Maude died in the Burlington Hospital, and was buried at the family cemetery, Elmwood, near Morning Sun, Iowa.
    The Obituary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    The Obituary of Maude Mae (Walker/Umphrey) Fortner
    Maude lived the last few years of her life in West Burlington, Iowa. Her funeral was at Elliott-Lunning chapel in Burlington. (Courtesy of Dennis William Brumm.)

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