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William David "Bill" Walker

William David "Bill" Walker

Male 1918 - 1977

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  • Name  William David "Bill" Walker  [1, 2
    Nickname  Bill 
    Born  14 Mar 1918  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender  Male 
    Iowa Birth Records 
    • Name: William David Walker; Event: Birth; Event Date: 14 March 1918; Event Place: Morning Sun Township, Louisa, Iowa, United States; Gender: Male; Father: S. N. Walker; Mother: Hattie Moyers; Certificate Number: 45; Film Number: 1870318; Digital Folder Number: 004708043; Image Number: 00540
    Census  1920  Morning Sun Township, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • William D. Walker, son, male, white, age 1 5/12, 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  [6
    • William D. Walker, son, male, white, age 6, single, attended grade school, state highest grade (1-8): 1, number of months in school in 1924: 8, could read, 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
    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
    • William Walker, son, male, white, age 12, 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
    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  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Residence  Mar 1939  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Military  Between Nov 1942 and 1945  Europe Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Bill was inducted into the United States Army in November 1942. He saw action in Europe in 1945; he was sent overseas January 18, 1945.
    Newspaper Article  15 Feb 1945  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    The Wapello Republican 
    • Shown above are the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel N. Walker, CRT. 2, Wapello, all of whom are serving in the U. S. army, and all of them overseas in the European war theater. They are left to right as follows: Pfc. John H. Walker (listed missing in action), T-4 Sgt. William D. Walker and Cpl. Paul M. Walker.

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

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

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

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

      Cpl. Paul M. Walker, 89835870 APO 134, care PM, New York, New York
    Residence  Feb 1958  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Funeral Program  Mar 1977  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    • In memory of William David Walker

      Date of birth March 14, 1918
      Date of Death March 3, 1977
      Time and Place of Service: Monday, March 7, 1977; 1:30 p.m.; First Presbyterian Church (Marion, Iowa)
      Clergyman: Reverend Jay A. Miller
      Organist: Jenne Sedore
      Masonic Service By: Trojan Lodge No. 548
      Pallbearers: Michael Machula, Dale Wears, James Frasher, Robert Emerson, Russell Green, Heven Hines
      Interment: Cedar Memorial Cemetery
      Arrangements by: Baxter Memorial Chapels; Marion, Iowa
    Died  3 Mar 1977  Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 16
    Cause: cancer 
    Obituary  6 Mar 1977  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Marion (IA) -- William D. Walker, 58, of Marion, died at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, in Mercy hospital, Cedar Rapids.

      He was born in the Morning Sun area, the son of Samuel and Hattie Moyers Walker. He married Margaret Lesher, August 16, 1941, in Kahoka, Missouri.

      Surviving: The wife; two sons, Gary and Steve, of Marion; three grandchildren; three brothers, George, New London, Clifford, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sam, Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Elsie Walker, Council Bluffs, and 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.

      Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Marion Presbyterian church.
    Buried  7 Mar 1977  Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 16, 17, 18
    Obituary  10 Mar 1977  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    The Marion Sentinel 
    • William D. Walker, 58, of 891 Tenth Street, Marion, died Thursday night (March 3, 1977) in a Cedar Rapids hospital following a long illness.

      He was born March 14, 1918, at Morning Sun. He was married August 16, 1941, to Margaret Lesher at Kahoka, Missouri.

      Mr. Walker served in the army during World War II, and was a member of American Legion Post No. 298, A.F. & A.M. Trojan Lodge No. 548 and the First Presbyterian church. He owned and operated a sheet metal business in Marion, and was a resident of this community for the last 31 years of his life.

      Surviving are his wife; two sons, Gary L. and Steven W., both of Marion; two sisters, Elsie Walker of Council Bluffs and Myrtel (sic) Dotson of West Burlington; two half-sisters, Marjorie Kimble, Morning Sun, and Viola Van Houten of Corpus Christi, Texas; three brothers, George, of New London, Clifford, of Colorado Springs, and Sam, of Cedar Rapids; a half-brother, Robert, of Ft. Worth, and three grandchildren.

      Services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church by the Reverend Jay A. Miller. Burial was in Cedar Memorial cemetery. Masonic rites were given by Trojan Lodge No. 548. Military rites at the graveside were presented by Legion Post No. 298. Friends may give to a memorial for the First Presbyterian church or the American Cancer society.

      Baxter Memorial chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
    Occupation 
    • After World War II, Bill set up a sheet metal business which was located in a building in the back of his home in Marion, Iowa.
    Religion  Presbyterian  [16
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • William Walker; born: 14 March 1918; died: March 1977; last residence: 52302 (Marion, Linn, Iowa); Last Benefit: 52302 (Marion, Linn, Iowa); state where issued: Iowa
    Person ID  I67  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  [21, 22, 23, 24
    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  [3
    Residence  20 Apr 1896  Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 26
    • 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  [3, 23, 27
    • 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.
    Photos

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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  Margaret Leora Lesher,   b. 10 Jun 1918, Marion Township, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 2004, Northbrook Manor Care Center, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Aug 1941  Kahoka, Clark County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 16
    Marriage Fact 
    • According to family genealogist Marjorie Kimble, for a time in the 1930s it was the "in" thing for sortheast Iowa people to do to go to Monmouth, Illinois, to get married. Sam and Betty Walker did this. Later people went to Kahoka, Missouri (Bill and Margaret Walker, for example). Still later couples went to Nashua, where "The Little Brown Church in the Vale" was located. Why these places were arbitrarily popular and chosen is unknown.
    Newspaper Article  18 Oct 1951  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [28
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. N. Walker included Mr. and Mrs. Roy Fortner and granddaughter, Sandra Umphrey, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Allen and family and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Driscoll, Winterset; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Jerry and Mr. and Mrs. William William Walker, Gary and Steve all of Marion; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and Doris, and granddaughter, Threasa (sic) Thomas, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, Mrs. Leota Krekel and Bill Brum (sic) all of West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; James Walker, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family and Tom Walker all of Morning Sun.
    A Walker Family Dinner in Morning Sun
    A report of an extended dinner at the home of Samuel Nathaniel Walker's residence in Morning Sun, Iowa. It is particularly interesting for me because it indicates my mother and father, Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel and William Lett "Bill" Brumm, were dating by this time. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Residence  Bef 1952  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Bill and Margaret Walker lived about two blocks north of the Marion Town Square in a large, two story house. Bill had a sheet metal business in a building on the property, so he only had to walk out the back door and a few feet into the backyard to go to work.
    Newspaper Article  30 Apr 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    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 Dec 1953  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    the Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Taking part in a family Christmas dinner and gift exchange Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs, S. N. Walker were Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and nephew, all of Marion; Mrs. Ted Belles, Carol and Mark, Cedar Rapids; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Virden, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Walker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Dotson and Sylvia Dotson; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brumm and Dennis, all of New London; Mr. and Mrs. George Walker, West Burlington, Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Brunk and children, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox and Scott Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. John Russell, Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Larry Smith, Winfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Broeker, Tom Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Kimble and family, all of Morning Sun.
    A Christmas Gift Exchange and Meal
    This article from December 1953 reports on a family meal and gift exchange at the home of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" and Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, which was on Sunday, December 20, 1953. The following extended family were at this meal:

    William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and sons, Steven William and Gary Lynn Walker; Samuel Clinton "Sam" and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, probably with Jerry Dean Walker (misidentified as a "nephew."); Mazie Ella (Walker) Belles, Carol Sue and Mark David Belles; Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) and John W. "J.W." Virden; Thomas Clifford "Cliff" and Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, also likely and inferred were Doris Idella Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas and Teresa Lynn "Terry" Thomas; Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" and Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson and their granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Dotson; William Lett and Hattie "Leota" (Walker/Krekel) Brumm and Dennis William Brumm (now I know where I was); George Percy and Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker; Arnold Deaneen "Arnie" and Jean Louise (Walker) Brunk, and Jeffrey Arnold and Connie Jean Brunk; Virginia Mae (Walker) Lox and Scott Alan Lox; John Franklin and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell; Thomas "Tom" Walker; Norton Lawrence "Larry" and Shirley Lea (Broeker) Smith; Wallace Ernest "Wally" and Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker; Trevor Motzart Sr. and Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, and Gerald Wayne (Sr.), Trevor Motzart Jr. and Becky Ruth Kimble. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  11 Sep 1955  Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette 
    • Marion News

      Mr. and Mrs. Sam Walker and Mr. and Mrs. William Walker and their son, Steven, are attending a reunion of relatives today at Ottumwa.

      Jerry Walker, son of the Sam Walkers, will leave today for Dallas, Texas, to enroll in the sophomore class at the Southern Methodist university.
    Newspaper Article  24 Jul 1956  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [32
    The Morning Sun News-Herald 
    • Relatives and friends of S. N. Walker gathered in Locust Grove here Sunday to observe the 87th birthday of Mr. Walker. Present for the birthday dinner were Mr. and Mrs. (Aleta Hewitt) Lee Walker, Ainsworth; Mr. and Mrs. (Caroline Moyers) Charles Bailey and family, Keokuk; Mr. and Mrs. (Elizabeth Moyers) Arthur Long and sons, Lockridge; Mr. and Mrs. (Mabel Moyers) Haines and son, Fairfield; Mrs. Ruth Moyers and Ethel, Burlington; Mrs. Bill Lox (Virginia Dotson) and Scotty, Oquawka, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. (Maude Walker/Umphrey) Roy Fortner, Dennis Howey, Mr. and Mrs. (Thelma Umphrey) Lloyd Allen and Pamela, Detroit, Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Lesher) William Walker and Steve and Sam Walker, Marion; Mr. and Mrs. (Leota Walker/Krekel) Bill Brumm and Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. (Marguerite Wyerman) Clifford Walker and Terry Thomas, New London; Mr. and Mrs. (Verona Dotson) George Walker and Mr. and Mrs. (Myrtle Walker) Ted Dotson, West Burlington; Mr. and Mrs. (Beverly Broeker) Elwood Marshall and Karen, Fort Madison; Jim Walker, Mt. Pleasant; Mr. and Mrs. (Nellie Owens) Bert Moyers, Mr. and Mrs. (Flossie Walker) John Russell, Mr. and Mrs. (Marian Callahan) Tommy Dotson, all of Wapello; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Pickard, Birmingham; Mr. and Mrs. (Ruth Wheeler) Wallace Broeker, Mr. and Mrs. (Marjorie Walker) Trevor Kimble and family, Tom Walker, Mrs. Willa (Umphrey) Wolfe and Mr. and Mrs. (Reil Hannah) Sam Walker, all of Morning Sun.
    The 87th Birthday Party for Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker
    A newspaper account reporting on the 87th (and final) birthday party for my grandfather, Sam Walker. He died the following year in March 1957. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Newspaper Article  Mar 1957  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [33
    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 1957  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    Residence  Nov 1967  Marion, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [35
    Newspaper Article  3 Jul 1983  Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [36
    The Hawk Eye 
    • Tests stifled wedded bliss

      In 1941, Burlington was a boom town. The economy was jumping. There were jobs for everyone.

      So with good times here, why did the number of marriages in Des Moines County dwindle dramatically?

      In 1940, 1367 marriage licenses were issued at the local courthouse. In 1941 there were but 567.

      Were fewer people getting married? Had living in sin become socially acceptable?

      No, said county officials. More likely the decline was the result of a new Iowa law requiring couples to have blood tests before being issued a license.

      J. D. Jackson, clerk of the district court, said it was likely couples were eloping, and the Hawk-Eye Gazette reported that "the parade of couples wishing to dodge the blood test now marches into Missouri" 40 miles away.

      Not only did the "Show Me" state eschew blood tests -- it didn't even require a witness to the ceremony.
    Headstone Photograph 
    • Bill and Margaret Walker's grave is at Cedar Park Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa. The epitaph on the stone is: "William D., 1918 - 1977 Walker. Margaret L."
    The Headstone of William David 'Bill' and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker
    The Headstone of William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker
    Children 
    >1. Gary Lynn Walker,   b. 10 Jul 1943, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 2003, Caritas Medical Center, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Steven William "Steve" Walker
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    Bill, Gary, and Margaret Walker
    Bill, Gary, and Margaret Walker
    A photograph of the new baby, Gary Lynn Walker (1944-2003). His father, William David Walker (1918-1977) is on the left, mother, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, on the right.
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    A Walker Family Reunion in About 1946
    Based upon the ages of those who are children in this photograph, it was likely taken in about 1946. Several family members helped in its identification (I am a bit unsure about several of them). This photograph was provided courtesy of Carol Ann Kelley. Several persons could not be identified positively due to their placement or the overall quality of the photograph, and one child does not seem to fit at this date with family members, but generally it is correct.

    Those who were at this reunion were: Gerald Wayne Kimble, Jennie "Reil" (Hannah) Walker, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Leonard "Max" Dotson, Elaine Ida (Brown) Dotson, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, (Probably) Paul Eugene "Paulie" Umphrey Jr., Paul Eugene "Tubby" Umphrey Jr., Lois Ann (Thibodeau) Umphrey, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker) Thomas, Wilda "Marguerite" (Wyerman) Walker, Elizabeth Etta "Betty" (Hatt) Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, William David "Bill" Walker, Doris Idella Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Mazie Ella Walker-Belles, Unknown (Possibly Vera Marie "Jakie" Walker), David Floyd "Dave" Howey, Margretta Mae (Umphrey) Howey, Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell, Ted L. Belles, Jerry Dean Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, George Percy Walker, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, John Franklin Russell, (probably) Jean Louise Walker, Carol Sue Belles, and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    A Photograph from a Reunion of People from the Walker and Moyers Families
    This is a family reunion photograph, taken in 1949, of members of the extended Walker family of my maternal relatives. Several members of the Moyers family are also in this picture.

    Those identified and not in this photograph are: Charles Leander "Lee" Walker, his wife, Aleta Marie (Hewitt) Walker, an unknown woman (sitting in the chair), Hattie "Leota" (Walker) Krekel (standing), holding an unknown baby, but it likely was 3-month-old Steven William "Steve" Walker, Ruth Aralene (Wheeler) Broeker, a woman with her back to the camera, possibly one of the Moyers' sisters, Caroline Ellen Moyers, Ethel Louise Moyers, William David "Bill" Walker, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, and Flossie Zella (Walker) Russell.
    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).
    Bill and Margaret Walker
    Bill and Margaret Walker
    This photograph was of William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, taken in about 1960. The location of the photograph is unknown.
    A Family Reunion in 1988 at the Home of Shirley and Larry Smith (2 of 2)
    All the people in this photograph are identified except for one whose face is mostly obscured. This photograph was taken in Wapello, Iowa, at the home of Shirley Lea (Broeker) and Norton Lawrence "Larry" Smith.

    As listed on the photograph 'image map' those who were in attendance and photographed here are: Elwood Baird "Oddie" Marshall, Darcy Hardin, John W. Smith, Larry Smith, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, Joni L. (Smith) Hollingsworth, Buffy (the dog, thanks for the identification to Debbie (Smith) Ulstad), Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) Dotson, Steven William "Steve" Walker, Gary Lynn Walker, Wilda Maxine (Walker/Thomas) Thiele, Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker, Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson, Karen Jean Kimble, Kathy Jo Kimble, Doris Daisy (Frizzell) Cartwright, Doris Idella Walker, Scott Alan Lox, John W. "J.W." Virden, Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble, Vera Marie "Jakie" (Walker) Virden, Verona Violet (Dotson) Walker, Cathy Christine (Jones) Smith, Shirley Smith, Randall Larry "Randy" Smith, Beverly Jean "Bev" (Broeker) Marshall, Sherrie Lynn Kimble, Megan I. Hardin, Madeline Smith "Maddie" Hollingsworth, and Elizabeth Etta "Betty" Walker. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    The Former Home of William David 'Bill' and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and Their Children, Steven William 'Steve' and Gary Lynn Walker
    The Former Home of William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker and Their Children, Steven William "Steve" and Gary Lynn Walker
    This house located at 891 10th Street in Marion, Iowa, was where Bill, Margaret, and their children Gary and Steven Walker lived in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s; Bill had his sheet metal business in a building back behind the house (now removed). They had one of the only family cuckoo clocks I can remember in the 1950s, which was terribly fascinating to watch whenever we visited them. In their attic was a very nice old 1940s record player, too. The house is two blocks north of the Marion town square; at the time this photograph was taken in 2001, it could have used some tender lovin' care.

    Thanks to Becky Murphy and Marge Kimble for providing this photograph.
    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).
    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  F57  Group Sheet

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    William David 'Bill' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker
    My uncle, Bill Walker, was the youngest son of Hattie Mae "Harriett" (Moyers) and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker. Bill was raised in Louisa County, Iowa, near Newport, and as an adult lived in Marion, Iowa, near Cedar Rapids. He married Margaret Leora Lesher, the daughter of Jerry Lesher and Mabel B. Price, and their sons were Gary Lynn and Steven William "Steve" Walker.
    William David 'Bill' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker
    Bill Walker was born in 1918 near Newport, the youngest son of Hattie Mae "Harriett" and Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker.
    Bill Walker in About 1925
    Bill Walker in About 1925
    William David Walker, in his overalls, probably taken in about 1925 near Newport, Iowa.
    William David 'Bill' Walker on the Farm
    William David "Bill" Walker on the Farm
    Bill Walker, apparently wearing oversized "hand-me-down" pants, in the back yard of the family farm near Newport, Iowa. My mother had more photographs of Bill than her other siblings, probably because he was the youngest of her father and grandfather's kids, or possibly because the family got a camera after Bill was born.
    William David 'Bill' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker
    Bill Walker on the Walker farm, dressed probably for church, or possibly for his father's 60th birthday celebration in July 1929 (as dated on the back of the photograph).
    The Senior Class Photograph of William David 'Bill' Walker
    The Senior Class Photograph of William David "Bill" Walker
    Bill Walker was born March 14, 1918, and died March 3, 1977. He was the youngest child of Samuel Nathaniel "Sam" Walker and Hattie Mae "Harriett" Moyers. He was born only a few weeks before his mother died. Bill married Margaret Leora Lesher (1918-2004) in 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. They were the parents of Gary Lynn Walker (1943-2003) and Steven William "Steve" Walker.
    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.)
    William David 'Bill' Walker
    William David "Bill" Walker
    Bill Walker was in the U.S. Army during World War II, and stationed in France.
    William David 'Bill' Walker and John Franklin Russell Going Hunting
    William David "Bill" Walker and John Franklin Russell Going Hunting
    Bill Walker and John Russell seem to be holding a dead dog, or perhaps a contented and still living dog in this picture. The placement of the animal makes it difficult to figure out.
    Men at a Walker Family Reunion in About 1949
    This is the only photograph I have seen of my mother's first husband, Kenneth Joseph Krekel. For whatever reason, mention of him was not something that happened in our household when I was a child. In fact, I first learned of her first husband in about 1986 when my father died and I was 34 years old.

    This was probably a July birthday party in Locust Grove Park in Morning Sun, Iowa. I am not completely comfortable with several of the identifications, but will defer to those who were alive at the time who have made them. Those family members in this photograph are: William David "Bill" Walker, Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Samuel Clinton "Sam" Walker, Robert Charles "Bob" Walker, Theodore Roosevelt, "Ted" Dotson, Wallace Ernest "Wally" Broeker, Kenneth Krekel, Lloyd Smith Allen, and David Floyd "Dave" Howey. (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
    Myrtle and Ted Dotson Visiting Bill and Dennis Brumm
    Myrtle and Ted Dotson Visiting Bill and Dennis Brumm
    This photograph was taken about August 1968 in the apartment my father, William Lett "Bill" Brumm and I (Dennis William Brumm) lived in in New London after the death of my mother. My aunts and uncles, Zella "Myrtle" (Walker) and Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Dotson had come to visit us one afternoon along with William David "Bill" and Margaret Leora (Lesher) Walker. This was not long after my dad and I had taken a trip south to Texas, where we had visited other Walker relatives.
    William David 'Bill' Walker in New London
    William David "Bill" Walker in New London
    I took this poorly-centered photograph of my uncle, Bill Walker, during a visit he and his wife Margaret, and another aunt and uncle, Myrtle and Ted Dotson, made to the Brumm apartment on Main Street in New London, Iowa, in about August 1968. A year later I would have a new tape recorder. The top album sitting on the television set is of The Cowsills, who had a hit song, "Indian Lake" that summer. The painting over the television set was done by my uncle Thomas Clifford "Cliff" Walker, Bill Walker and Myrtle Dotson's brother. The clock on the television was one my father inherited from his father, which was originally sold to my great uncle, Charles Brumm, for $7. The candy dish near the albums was also a paternal heirloom. This was taken in the upstairs apartment where my father and I moved the year after my mother's death, as he felt we could not handle the 9 room two story house along with the nearly 4 acres of land where we had lived before. None of this probably mattered to my uncle Bill, who probably wished I would put the camera away.
    Members of the Family of Marjorie Naomi "Marge" (Walker) Kimble Who Served in the Armed Forces
    This photograph is of the window of the local newspaper in Morning Sun, Iowa, The Morning Sun News-Herald, during Veterans Day festivities in 2010. Marge Kimble works in the office of the paper, and put up this memorial to various family members who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the years.

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

    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

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    Three Walker Boys Serving Overseas
    Three Walker Boys Serving Overseas
    An article published during World War II reporting on brothers William David, Paul Moyers, and John Henry Walker, who were all stationed overseas in the war. (Original document provided courtesy of Marge Kimble)
    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.)
    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

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    The Obituary of William David 'Bill' Walker in The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa)
    The Obituary of William David "Bill" Walker in The Hawk Eye (Burlington, Iowa)
    Bill was born in Morning Sun, Iowa. He died in Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
    The Funeral Program of William David 'Bill' Walker
    The Funeral Program of William David "Bill" Walker
    Bill's funeral was at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, Iowa
    The Obituary of William David 'Bill' Walker in The Marion Sentinel
    The Obituary of William David "Bill" Walker in The Marion Sentinel
    Bill Walker was the youngest child of Sam and Hattie (Moyers) Walker. Born in 1918, his mother died about a month after his birth. His father remarried to Jennie "Reil" Hannah in 1920. Bill married Margaret Lesher (1918-2004) in 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. He was in the army during World War II, and after the war settled in Marion, Iowa, where he owned a sheet metal business that was run from a building on his property near the family home. Bill died of cancer March 3, 1977, in Cedar Rapids. He was the father of Gary Lynn Walker (1943-2003) and Steven William "Steve" Walker.

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