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Ruth Rebecca Walker

Ruth Rebecca Walker

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  • Name  Ruth Rebecca Walker  [1
    Born  28 Mar 1915  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Ruth R. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 4, single, born in Iowa, father's birthplace Iowa, mother's birthplace Iowa, occupation none
    Iowa State Census  1925  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Ruth E. Walker, daughter, female, white, age 9, single, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 3, number of months in school in 1924: 9, 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, place of marriage of parents: Morning Sun, Iowa, church affiliation: none
    School  Abt 1917/1926  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Midway School 
    • Midway School was near Newport, Iowa.
    Newspaper Article  30 Jun 1926  Davenport, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    The Davenport Democrat and Leader 
    • Surprise Parents on Occasion of 35th Anniversary

      Morning Sun (IA), June 30 -- The children of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hannah of this place planned a pleasant surprise for their parents at Saunders Grove at Mt. Pleasant Sunday, June 27, in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary. A fine cafeteria picnic dinner was served after which there was an afternoon of visiting among kinsfolk. The children and grand children present were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Richardson and Dorothy Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walker; Mr. and Mrs. Mathew (sic) Hickenbottom, James, Ella Mae, and Harlan, Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker, John Henry, Viola Belle, William, Ruth, Leota, and Sammie of Morning Sun; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. McDonald (sic) and Ruby Lea, Rex and Bobby Lee of Mt. Hamil. Besides these there were a number of other relatives present.
    Census  1930  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Ruth Walker, daughter, female, white, age 15, single, attended 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 none
    Education 
    • Ruth didn't finish high school as she instead was married.
    High School  Morning Sun High School 
    Newspaper Article  5 Oct 1930  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    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  May 1936  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Died  20 Mar 1939  Oakdale Sanitarium, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Cause: tuberculosis 
    Buried  22 Mar 1939  Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 12, 13
    Obituary  23 Mar 1939  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Passing of Mrs. Wallace Broeker

      Mrs. Ruth Rebecca Broeker, wife of Wallace E. Broeker, living southeast of town, died at the Oakdale sanitarium Monday, March 20th, following several months' illness.

      The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Reverend J. A. Worrell. Mrs. Sam McElhinney, Mrs. Ralph Yohe, Mrs. George Green and Miss Marian Wilson sang, with Miss Helen Griffith as accompanist.

      The interment was at Elmwood cemetery, the pallbearers being Earl Auld, Talmadge Mehaffy, Work Carithers, Wilford Robb, Henry McKee and Everett Piper. Mrs. Earl Auld and Imogene Auld cared for the flowers.

      Ruth Rebecca Walker Broeker was born March 28, 1915, in this county, the daughter of S. N. and Hattie M. Walker. She was united in marriage to Wallace E. Broeker, August 12, 1932. To this union were born two daughters, Beverly Jean, aged 6, and Shirley Lee, aged 2, who with her husband survive. Also surviving are her father and step-mother; four sisters, Elsie Walker, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Mrs. Maud (sic: Maude) Fortner of Winterset, Iowa; Mrs. Myrtle Dotson and Leota Walker of New London; five brothers, George Walker and Clifford Walker of New London; Sam Walker of Marion, Iowa; William and Paul of Morning Sun; two half-sisters, Viola and Marjorie Walker, and two half-brothers, Johnny and Robert Walker of Morning Sun. Her mother and one brother, Ross, preceded her in death.

      The following relatives and friends were called here for the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Palmer and Jerry Dean of Peoria, Illinois; Mrs. Henry Hillen of Monmouth; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Brenneke, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Taeger, Mrs. Ed. Taeger, Mr. and Mrs. Herb. Taeger, Mrs. Fred Taeger, Mr. and Mrs. Cuddeback, Fred Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. John Rutz and Ed, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Pfadenhauer, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Taeger, of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Taeger, of Danville; Mr. and Mrs. Bert Fisher, Mrs. Jennie Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Broeker of New London, Mrs. Earl Stout, Ft. Madison, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner, sons and daughter, Mrs. Thelma Allen and son of Winterset, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and son of Marion, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and family, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker, Leota Walker, of New London; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Walker, Dorothy Elliott, Kate and Annie Edgar, Mrs. Edgar and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walker and family of Olds; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Walker of Crawfordsville; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walker, Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Dotson of Wapello; Mrs. Vina (sic: Vinnie) Walker and Mrs. M. L. Dotson and daughter of Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. E. Moyers and daughter and Mrs. Lottie Pilling of Mediapolis; Mrs. Grimstead (sic: Grinstead) and daughter and Mrs. R. Richardson and son of Danville; Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hamilton, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dotson and Patience Elrick of Newport.
    Research 
    • Ruth's headstone lists her name as "R. Ruth," indicating her name may have been "Rebecca Ruth," and that she used her middle name, as did so many of her siblings.
    Religion  Methodist  [3
    Cemetery Info/Epitaph  Louisa County, Iowa, Cemetery Records  [14
    • Name: Ruth Rebecca Broeker Walker; Sex: F; Born: 1915; Died or Buried: 1939; Age: 24; Buried: Elmwood (township = Morning Sun); County/State: Louisa, Iowa; Military Service: none; Book: LCC 1990 - page MS-24; Notes: born 28 March 1915; died 20 March 1939
    Person ID  I66  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  [15, 16, 17, 18
    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  [2
    Residence  20 Apr 1896  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 20
    • 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, 17, 21
    • 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  Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker,   b. 5 Aug 1911, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1998, Wapello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Aug 1932  First Presbyterian Church, Monmouth, Warren County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 22
    Marriage Announcement  15 Aug 1932  Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [23
    The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune 
    • Miss Ruth Walker is Bride of Mr. Broeker

      Morning Sun (IA) -- Miss Ruth Walker, daughter of S. N. Walker, and Wallace Broeker were married Friday at Monmouth, Illinois. They were attended by the bride's father and sister, Miss Leota Walker, Robert McClure, and the bridegroom's aunt and cousin of Monmouth. The couple will reside on the Broeker farm near here.
    Miss Ruth Walker is Bride of Mr. Broeker
    Miss Ruth Walker is Bride of Mr. Broeker
    A second marriage announcement of Ruth Rebecca Walker and Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker, was published in The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, Muscatine, Iowa. They were married August 12, 1932, in Monmouth, Illinois.
    Marriage Announcement  18 Aug 1932  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [24
    The Burlington Hawk-Eye 
    • Ruth Walker, Eloise Corey, and Verlee Wheeler, All of Morning Sun, Marry

      Special to The Hawk-Eye
      Morning Sun (IA), August 15. -- Miss Ruth Walker, daughter of S. N. Walker, north of Morning Sun, and Wallace Broeker, son of the late William Broeker, of the Sharon vicinity were united in marriage at Monmouth, Illinois, Friday afternoon, the Reverend G. S. Fulcher, D. D., pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. They were attended by Miss Leota Walker, sister of the bride, and Robert McClure of the Sharon vicinity. Wallace Broeker was graduated from the local high school with the class of 1931. They will make their home on the farm in the Sharon vicinity. Both have many friends in this and in the Sharon vicinity.
    Ruth Walker, Eloise Corey and Verlee Wheeler, All of Morning Sun, Marry
    Ruth Walker, Eloise Corey and Verlee Wheeler, All of Morning Sun, Marry
    The marriage announcement of Ruth Rebecca Walker and Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker. The notice was likely published in The Morning Sun News-Herald, Morning Sun, Iowa. They were married August 12, 1932, in Monmouth, Illinois.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Wallace Earnest Broeker and both his wives (both named) Ruth are buried at Elmwood Cemetery near Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "Broeker. Wife Ruth A., 1912 - 1987, Husband Wallace E., 1911 - 1998, Wife R. Rebecca 1915 - 1939"
    The Headstone of Wallace Ernest 'Wally,' Ruth Aralene (Wheeler), and Ruth Rebecca Broeker
    The Headstone of Wallace Ernest "Wally," Ruth Aralene (Wheeler), and Ruth Rebecca Broeker
    Children 
    >1. Beverly Jean "Bev" Broeker,   b. 4 Mar 1933, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 2004, McCausland, Scott County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Shirley Lea Broeker,   b. 7 Sep 1936, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 2008, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location
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    Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith, Wallace Ernest 'Wally' Broeker, and Beverly Jean 'Bev' (Broeker) Marshall
    Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith, Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker, and Beverly Jean "Bev" (Broeker) Marshall
    Daughters Shirley Smith and Bev Marshall with their father, Wally Broeker. Taken probably about 1995.
    Bev and Shirley Broeker
    Bev and Shirley Broeker
    Beverly Jean "Bev" Broeker is on the left, and Shirley Lea Broeker, her sister, on the right. Their mother Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker, dated the photograph as June 8, 1937, and sent this to her sister, my mom, Leota Walker.
    Wally, Beverly, and Shirley Broeker
    Wally, Beverly, and Shirley Broeker
    Left to right: Beverly Jean "Bev," Wallace Ernest "Wally," and Shirley Lea Broeker.
    Walker and Broeker Cousins in About 1938
    Walker and Broeker Cousins in About 1938
    This photograph of six cousins in the Walker family was apparently taken on a snowless winter day in Iowa in about 1938. Doris Idella and Wilda Maxine Walker were the daughters of Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" Walker. Mazie Ella and Vera Marie Walker were daughters of George Percy Walker and Verona Violet Dotson. Shirley Lea and Beverly Jean Broeker were the daughters of Ruth Rebecca Walker and Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker.
    A Group of Extended Walker Family
    This photograph from about 1939 features, left to right, back row: Doris Idella Walker holding Shirley Lea Broeker, Mazie Ella Walker, and on the right Marjorie Naomi Walker. In front of Marjorie, pointing forward, is her brother, Robert Charles Walker. The two girls in the fron are Jean Louise Walker, and Beverly Jean Broeker. Doris, Mazie, and Jean Walker, and the Broeker girls are all first cousins. Marjorie and Robert are a half-aunt and half-uncle to the others. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Beverly Jean 'Bev' (Broeker) Marshall and Her Father, Wallace Ernest 'Wally' Broeker
    Beverly Jean "Bev" (Broeker) Marshall and Her Father, Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker
    Bev is tending to Wally's needs during the later years of his life. Wally, born in 1911, died in 1998. Bev was born in 1933 and died in 2004.
    Last Modified  28 Feb 2014 
    Family ID  F56  Group Sheet

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    Ruth Rebecca Walker
    Ruth Rebecca Walker
    Ruth Walker was born in 1915 in Louisa County, Iowa, and died in 1939 in Oakdale Sanitarium, Linn County, Iowa, of tuberculosis. Ruth was the second youngest child born to Samuel Nathanial "Sam" and Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) Walker. She was married to Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker August 12, 1932. Wally was the son of William Frederick and Marie Elizabeth "Mary" (Taeger) Broeker. Three of his grandparents were German immigrants, and one grandmother was Dutch. Ruth and Wally were the parents of Beverly Jean "Bev" Marshall (1933-2004) and Shirley Lea Broeker (1936-2008). After Ruth (Broeker) Walker's death, Wally remarried.
    Ruth Rebecca Walker and Two Unknown Friends
    Ruth Rebecca Walker and Two Unknown Friends
    Ruth Walker was the youngest daughter of Sam and Hattie (Moyers) Walker. Ruth was born in 1915. She married Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker in 1932 in Monmouth, Illinois. They had two daughters, Beverly Jean "Bev" Marshall and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith. In this picture from about 1927, Ruth is on the left.
    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.
    Thelma Verlee Umphrey and Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker
    Thelma Verlee Umphrey and Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker
    Ruth Walker was Thelma Umphrey's aunt, but as the spread of years in the birth of Sam Walker's children was so great (1894-1933), Ruth and Thelma were born only about a year apart. Our family had nieces and nephews older than their aunts and uncles.

    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.
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Hickenbottoms, Walker, and John Warren Hannah Attend Events in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
    Matthew James and Mary Catherine (Hannah) Hickenbottom, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker and their children attended a reunion of the Howe's academy in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, a school Reil had attended. Also Sam and Reil accompanied Reil's father, J. W. Hannah, to the Old Threshers and Settlers Reunion held yearly in Mt. Pleasant.

    Obituaries, Deaths, Funerals
    Passing of Mrs. Wallace Broeker
    Passing of Mrs. Wallace Broeker
    The obituary of Ruth Rebecca (Walker) Broeker. Ruth died at Oakdale Sanitarium where she was receiving treatment for tuberculosis. (Courtesy of Marge (Walker) Kimble.)

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      Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa; Roll: IA1925_1818

    6. [S27] Kimble, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) (Reliability: 4).
      Midway School Photograph scanned and provided courtesy of Marge Kimble.

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

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      (Per Marjorie Kimble, Monmouth was an "in" place to be married for awhile.)

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