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Albert Ross "Ross" Walker

Albert Ross "Ross" Walker

Male 1899 - 1936

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  • Name  Albert Ross "Ross" Walker  [1, 2
    Nickname  Ross 
    Born  24 Dec 1899  near Newport, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1900  Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Ross A. son, white, male, born in December 1899, age 0/12, single, born in Iowa, 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  [7
    • Albert Ross Walker, Card Number: 191; 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  [8
    • Albert R. Walker, son, male, white, age 10, single, birthplace Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation farm laborer, nature of industry home farm, wage earner, not out of work April 15, 1910, number of weeks out of work in 1909: 0, could read, could write, attended school since September 1909
    Iowa State Census  1915  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Card Number: 433, male, white, single, 5 months in public school in 1914, could read, could write, number of years in Iowa: 15, Ross A. Walker, age 15, Louisa County, post office address: Morning Sun, Morning Sun Township, extent of education in the common schools: 10, birth place: Iowa, did not own home or farm, father's birthplace: Iowa, mother's birthplace: Iowa, signed by assessor: J. B. Owens
    School  1915  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Midway School (a one-room schoolhouse) 
    • Ross Walker attended Midway School during the term ending May 1915:

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

      Reil Hannah, Teacher
      Miss Izola Sweeney - County Superintendent.

      SCHOOL OFFICERS

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

      Pupils

      Merle Thompson
      Karl Wischmeier
      Clifford Walker
      Linda Eklund
      Donald Jamison
      Ross Walker
      Cecil Blair
      Myrtle Walker
      Dorothy Jamison
      Edith Eklund
      Audrey Thompson
      Reta Van Winkle
      Paul Walker
      Glen Perry
      Nellie Cowles
      Pauline Otto
      Richard Otto
      Edith Cowels
      Evelyn Van Winkle
    The 1915 School Roster of Midway School near Newport, Iowa
    The 1915 School Roster of Midway School near Newport, Iowa
    Midway School's roster in 1915 included: Reil Hannah (Jennie "Reil" Hannah), teacher; Sameul (sic) Walker (Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker), President; T. J. Callahan (Thomas James Callahan), Secretary; and the following partial list of students: Clifford Walker (Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker), Ross Walker (Albert "Ross" Walker), Myrtle Walker (Zella "Myrtle" Walker), and Paul Walker (Paul Moyers Walker).
    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918  12 Sep 1918  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • Serial Number: 781, No.: 68; Name: Ross Albert Walker; age: 18 years; address: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa, date of birth: December 24, 1899; native born; present trade: farmer; employed by: S. N. Walker; employed at: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; nearest living relative: S. N. Walker, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; race: white; height: medium, build: medium, eye color: light brown, hair color: red, lost an arm, leg, hand, eye, or seems to be physically disabled: no; city or county: Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa; date of registration: September 12, 1918
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • Ross A. Walker, son, male, white, age 20, single, could read, could write, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, could speak English, occupation laborer, nature of industry home
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • (Married to Vinnie, living with her and son, Donald R. Walker:) Line number: 104, Ross A. Walker, head of household, male, white, age 25, married, attended rural school, highest reader attained: 5th grade, could read, could write, place of birth: Iowa, name of father: Samuel N. Walker, father's birthplace: Iowa, father's age at last birthday: 55, name of mother: Hattie M. Moyers, mother's birthplace: Iowa, church affiliation: none
    Census  1930  Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    • (Married to Vinnie, living with her and children: Donald R., Ralph L., and Lela M. Walker:) Line number 10: dwelling number: 149, family number: 149: Ross Walker, head of household, rented home, value of house or monthly rental $10, owned a radio set, lived on a farm, male, white, age 30, married, age at first marriage 22, 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 laborer, nature of industry farm, occupation code VIVV, wage earner, actively employed at time of census, was not a veteran, number of farm in schedule: 88
    Obituary  May 1936  [15
    • There were two obituaries published for Albert "Ross" Walker. One obituary was published in a Louisa County, Iowa, paper, probably The Wapello Republican; the second was from The Hawk-Eye Gazette (Burlington); they were published circa May 17-18, 1936:

      Morning Sun, Iowa, May 16, 1936 - Albert Ross Walker, 37 year old farmer, died at his home southwest of Morning Sun, Friday afternoon, after an illness of nine weeks.

      The son of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, he was born on a farm near Newport December 24, 1899. He wed Miss Vinnie Westfall February 23, 1922, the couple having lived in Morning Sun since.

      Surviving are Mr. Walker's parents and the following relatives: Children - Donald, Lela, Ralph and Kenneth Walker; brothers and sisters: Elsie, Tucson, Oklahoma, George, Clifford and Mrs. Theodore Dotson, New London; Mrs. Roy Fortner, Winterset; Samuel, Springville; Leota, Paul and William, Wapello, and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Morning Sun; grand stepmother, Mrs. C. P. Walker, Mississippi, and half sisters and half brothers, Viola, John, Henry** (sic), Marjorie and Robert Walker.

      Funeral services will be held at Morning Sun Methodist church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery.

      (Note: **There were no brothers named Henry. This is a newspaper error. John Walker's middle name was Henry.)
    Obituary  May 1936  [15
    • Ross A. (sic: A. Ross) Walker, the son of S. N. Walker and Hattie May (sic: Mae) (Moyers) Walker was born at Newport on December 24, 1899, and passed away at his home near Morning Sun, May 13, 1936, age 36 years 4 months and 22 days.

      On February 22, 1922, he was united in marriage with Miss Vinnie Westfall who survives with the following children: Donald, Ralph, Lela and Kenneth; also his father and step-mother, 5 brothers, George P. and Clifford T. Walker, New London; Paul M. of Wapello; Sam C., Springville; and William D., Wapello; 5 sisters, Elsie E. Walker, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Maude Fortner, Winterset; Mrs. Myrtle Dotson, New London; Miss Leota, Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Ruth Broeker, Morning Sun, also 2 half brothers and 2 half sisters of Wapello, and his step-grandmother, Mrs. C. P. Walker; of Gulfport, Miss.

      Ross, as we all knew him, was a kind husband, father, son and brother, and a good neighbor.

      He spent his entire life as a farmer near Morning Sun, where he leaves a host of friends.

      Funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Morning Sun, Sunday at 2:30, and were conducted by Reverend Arnold and Reverend McNeal.
    Alt. Death  13 May 1936  southwest of Morning Sun, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died  15 May 1936  southwest of Morning Sun, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Cause: pneumonia/spinal meningitis 
    • His residence in the census of 1930 was in Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa, which is southwest of Morning Sun and ergo not in Louisa County, Iowa, as is the town of Morning Sun.
    Buried  17 May 1936  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 16, 17
    Obituary  21 May 1936  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • ROSS A. WALKER, FARMER, DIED FRIDAY
      Last Rites Held at M. E. Church Sunday Afternoon.

      Ross A. Walker, 36, whose illness was mentioned in this paper some time ago, died at his home southwest of town Friday, May 15th. After he was stricken some weeks ago with spinal meningitis, he was taken to Burlington hospital for treatment.

      He was brought home from the hospital a few days before his death, but was unable to combat the disease and his death occurred the date mentioned. The funeral services were held from the Methodist church here Sunday afternoon, and was attended by a large concourse of neighbors and friends. The sermon was preached by Mr. John McNeill from Nebraska, a friend of the deceased and Reverend J. F. Arnold, pastor of the church assisted in the service. Mrs. Joe Jones, Mrs. Guy Jamison, Bert Moyers, and Raymond Pogemiller sang. The interment was at Elmwood cemetery, the pallbearers being Matt McElhinney, Louis Rohlfing, Henry McKee, Pete Hunt, Leon Griffin and Avy Bowers.

      Ross A. Walker, son of S. N. and Hattie Mae Moyers Walker, was born near Newport, Iowa, December 24, 1899. He was united in marriage on February 22, 1922, to Vinnie Westfall of this community. He is survived by the wife, three sons, Donald, Ralph and Kenneth, and one daughter, Lela. Also by his father and stepmother, five brothers, George P. and Clifford T. of New London; Paul M. and William D. of Wapello; Sam of Springville, Iowa. Also by five sisters: Miss Elsie E. Walker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Maude Fortner of Winterset, Iowa; Mrs. Myrtle Dotson of New London; Miss Leota Walker of Mt. Pleasant; and Mrs. Ruth Broeker of Morning Sun; also by two half-sisters, Viola and Marjorie, and two half-brothers, John and Robert, and by his stepgrandmother, Mrs. C. P. Walker of Gulfport, Mississippi. His mother preceded him in death April 7, 1918.

      Mr. Walker was highly respected by the entire community. In whatever neighborhood he lived during his friends, and all knew him as a kind lifetime he had scores of warm husband and loving father and obedient son. The sympathy of all go out to the bereaved family.
    Religion  Methodist  [3
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [16
    • Name: Albert Ross Walker; Sex: M; Born: 0; Died or Buried: 0; Age: 0; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page MS-76; Notes: [no dates]
    Person ID  I63  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    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, 18, 19, 20
    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  [22
    Residence  20 Apr 1896  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [22, 23
    • 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, 22, 24
    • 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  Vinnie Westfall,   b. 3 Feb 1903, Cotter, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1976, Burlington Medical Center Klein Unit, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Alt. Marriage  22 Feb 1922  [5
    Married  23 Feb 1922  Methodist Parsonage, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 25
    Marriage Announcement  2 Mar 1922  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [26
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Miss Vinnie Westfall of this city, and Mr. Ross A. Walker, a son of S. N. Walker, northeast of town, were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Wapello, Thursday, February 23d, the Reverend O. E. McBride officiating. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Westfall of this city. These estimable, young people will have the best wishes of all. They will go to housekeeping on a farm near this place.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Albert "Ross" and Vinnie, (Westfall) Walker's grave is located at Elmwood Cemetery in Morning Sun, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Walker, Ross A. 1899 - 1936; Vinnie 1903 - 1976"
    The Headstone of Albert 'Ross' and Vinnie (Westfall) Walker
    The Headstone of Albert "Ross" and Vinnie (Westfall) Walker
    Children 
    >1. Donald Ross Walker,   b. 1 Dec 1922, farm south of Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 2000, Kingsway Arms Nursing Home, Schenectady, Schenectady County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Ralph Leroy Walker,   b. 23 Nov 1927, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 2009, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Lela Maxine Walker,   b. 10 Sep 1929, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1977, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Kenneth Phillip Walker
    Photos

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    Vinnie (Westfall) Walker and Her Children
    Vinnie (Westfall) Walker and Her Children
    This is a photograph from about 1950, probably taken in Burlington at the home of Vinnie Walker and her children. They were, seated, in the back row: Donald Ross, Vinnie (Westfall), and Lela Maxine Walker; in the front row, Kenneth Phillip and Ralph Leroy Walker.
    Vinnie (Westfall) Walker with Three of Her Children
    Vinnie (Westfall) Walker with Three of Her Children
    This photograph of Vinnie (Westfall) Walker was probably taken in 1930. She is holding the baby, Lela Maxine (1929-1977), son Donald Ross Walker is standing on the right, and Ralph Leroy Walker is on the left in front of her. The family dog's name is unknown. Identifications to this photograph were made by the late Ralph Walker.
    Lela Maxine Walker and Her Brother, Ralph Leroy Walker
    Lela Maxine Walker and Her Brother, Ralph Leroy Walker
    This photograph was taken several years after the death of Lela and Ralph's father, Albert "Ross" Walker (1899-1936). The photograph was probably taken in Burlington, Iowa, where the family settled after Ross's death. The mother of Lela (1929-1977) and Ralph (1927-2009) was Vinnie (Westfall) Walker (1903-1976).
    Donald, Ralph, and Kenneth Walker
    Donald, Ralph, and Kenneth Walker
    These three men are brothers, Donald Ross (Sr.) (1922-2000), Ralph Leroy (1927-2009), and Kenneth Phillip Walker. They were three of four children born to Albert "Ross" and Vinnie (Westfall) Walker. Their sister, Lela Miller, died in 1977.
    Brothers Donald, Ralph, and Kenneth Walker
    Brothers Donald, Ralph, and Kenneth Walker
    This is a second photograph of two taken at the same time between about 1985-1990 of Donald Ross Walker Sr. (1922-2000), Ralph Leroy Walker (1927-2009), and Kenneth Phillip Walker, the sons of Albert "Ross" Walker (1899-1936) and Vinne Westfall (1903-1976).
    Marriage Documentation
    The Marriage Announcement of Albert 'Ross' Walker and Vinnie Westfall
    The Marriage Announcement of Albert "Ross" Walker and Vinnie Westfall
    Ross and Vinnie were married February 23, 1922, at the Methodist Parsonage in Wapello, Iowa.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F53  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Albert 'Ross' Walker
    Albert "Ross" Walker
    Ross Walker was born Christmas Eve, 1899, near Newport, Iowa. He died of pneumonia at age 35 May 13, 1936, near Morning Sun, Iowa. Ross was a son of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Hattie Mae "Harriet" (Moyers) Walker. February 13, 1922, he was married to Vinnie Westfall, the daughter of Jacob "Jack" and Eva (Robertson) Westfall. They had four children, sons: Donald Ross, Ralph Leroy, Kenneth Phillip Walker; and daughter, Lela Maxine (Walker) Miller.
    Hunting With Albert 'Ross' Walker, John Franlin Russell, William David 'Bill' Walker, and an Unknown Young Man
    Hunting With Albert "Ross" Walker, John Franlin Russell, William David "Bill" Walker, and an Unknown Young Man
    Due to the fact this photograph is not in the best condition, there was some earlier discussion over the exact order of the people in the picture. I originally had Bill Walker on the left and Ross Walker on the right, but the late Ralph Walker, Ross's son, provided the following corrections on the picture several years back: "...Ross is the one looking at the picture, on the left, and has the double barrel shot gun. That gun was tricky, you didn't want to load the right barrel and cock it. You never knew when it was going to go off. Should have broken the hammer off and solved the problem."

    The original photograph also had the boy in the front labeled Paul Walker, but Paul was older than Bill Walker (on the right) and the boy looks little or nothing like other photographs of Paul Moyers Walker. Who it was is presently a mystery.

    (The most common game in Iowa, at least when I was a child about 25 years after this photograph was taken, included rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, quail, and deer.)

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    Ross A. Walker, Farmer, Died Friday; Last Rites Held at M. E. Church Sunday Afternoon
    Ross A. Walker, Farmer, Died Friday; Last Rites Held at M. E. Church Sunday Afternoon
    The obituary of Albert "Ross" Walker, published in The Morning Sun News-Herald. Ross died May 15, 1936, and was buried May 17 at the Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun. He was married to Vinnie Westfall on February 23, 1922, at the Methodist Parsonage in Wapello, Iowa. They had four children, sons: Donald Ross, Ralph Leroy, and Kenneth Phillip Walker, and daughter: Lela Maxine Miller.

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    2. [S30] Louisa County, Iowa - Louisa County History 1911, Arthur Springer, (The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911, Chicago, Illinois), pages 110-111 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S154] Walker, Albert "Ross" - Obituaries, (one obituary was published in a Louisa County, Iowa paper, probably The Wapello Republican; the second was from The Hawk-Eye Gazette; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa; they were published circa May 17-18, 1936).

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

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    6. [S54] 1900 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Wapello Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 90, supervisor's district: 74, sheet number: 23A, page number: 142; enumeration date: June 27, 1900

    7. [S4157] 1905 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 98, supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 1B, page number: 106; enumeration date: April 16, 1910

    9. [S544] 1915 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1915_311

    10. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 3).
      Midway School Roster for 1914-1915 courtesy of Marge Kimble.

    11. [S337] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (ancestry.com and Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S19] 1920 US Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; enumeration district: 102; supervisor's district: 1, sheet number: 12B, page number: 238; enumeration date: January 6, 1920

    13. [S38] 1925 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa

    14. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Washington Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; enumeration district: 29-31, supervisor's district: 15; sheet number: 7A, page number: 216; enumeration date: April 29 and 30, 1930

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    16. [S634] Louisa County, Iowa - Cemetery Records Through 1997 (Rootsweb) (Reliability: 3).

    17. [S193] Walker, Albert "Ross" and Vinnie (Westfall) - Headstone Photograph, (their grave is at the Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; photograph provided courtesy of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble and Becky Ruth (Kimble) Murphy) (Reliability: 3).

    18. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).
      Records in a Louisa County Marriage book in the Morning Sun, Iowa, public library.

    19. [S31] Walker, Hattie Mae (Moyers) - Obituary (Muscatine Journal), (originally published in the Muscatine Journal, April 10, 1918, page 4; Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    20. [S32] Walker, Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) - Obituary (Morning Sun News-Herald), (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, April 11, 1918; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    21. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

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

    23. [S28] Walker, George Percy - Obituary (Hawk Eye), (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 16, June 25, 1985; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 4).

    24. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census.

    25. [S194] Walker, Vinnie (Westfall) - Obituary, (originally published in The Hawk Eye, page 8, September 24, 1976; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa).

    26. [S192] Walker, Albert "Ross" and Vinnie Westfall - Marriage Announcement, (originally published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, page 5, March 2, 1922; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).