|Mattie Mae (Needham) Walker, postmaster in 1921.|
Copyright © 2016 by Kevin W. Walker
|Mattie Mae (Needham) Walker, postmaster in 1921.|
|Wistrom kids, circa 1942.|
Sept 26, 1973
Mrs. Stanley Paist
2730 Avenue G
Kearney, Nebaska 68847
Dear Mrs. Paist:
I inquired from several of the older residence about Henry Walker but none knew anything about his family.
I found out when he passed away and went through the files of the paper and could only find the following.
Henry Martin Walker, 88, passed away October 13, 1852 at the Lizer Nursing Home in Stockton, Ill. He spent the last three years at the above home.
Henry was born in Metamora, Illinois June 19, 1864 where he spent most of his life. He came to Lena in 1924 while working as a watchman on Highway 20, which was being built.
He was survived by nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Schreier Funeral Home in Stockton with Rev. H.D. Bedinger, of Stockton Nazarene Church officiating. Burial was in Ladies Union Cemetery in Stockton.
Sorry but this is all I could find out for you. Hope this helps.
Curtis R. Taylor
Ruby Tull Lena Ill. City Clerk of Lena"Mrs. Paist" is my dad's cousin Flora "Mae" (Walker) Cunningham Paist. According to my grandfather, Mae was the only one Henry stayed in touch with after he left the family. Must not have stayed in touch very much if she is left sending off inquiries.
KEITH WALKER DIES AT 85 THURSDAY
Keith G. Walker, 85, of 1901 Central Avenue died Thursday at Mountain View Towers.This newspaper clipping was found unsourced in the possessions from my aunt Jenifer's estate. But it is clearly from the Cheyenne, Wyoming paper.
Born in Arnold, Neb., on Sept. 30, 1894, Walker had been a Cheyenne resident for 35 years. His prior residence was in Dix, Neb.
He worked in maintenance of way for the Union Pacific Railroad for 38 years until his retirement in 1959.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, Walker is survived by his children, Mrs. Leroy (Betty) Strasheim, Cheyenne; Mrs. W.L. (Lee) Wistrom, Kimball, Neb.; Jennifer Cosgriff, New York City, N.Y.; Violet Walker, Omaha, Neb.; Arthur D. Walker, Cheyenne; Paul Walker, San Lorenzo, Calif.; Wayne Walker, La Crescenta, Calif.; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie, in 1938, a daughter, Dorothy, in 1948, and a son, Ralph, in 1969. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons.
Friends who prefer may contribute to the charity of their choice.
|Grade school souvenir, teacher Mattie Mae Needham pictured.|
|Keith Glenn Walker, 1894-1980|
I was going through my latest batch of papers to arrive from my aunt's estate and found this. My heart jumped into my throat and my jaw hit the ground. This was torn out of some sort of Family Bible with parts of the Gospel of Matthew still attached.This Certifies ThatThe Rite ofHoly MatrimonyWas Celebrated BetweenMr. Henry M. Walker of Osborn Co. Kans.and Lucy Chesley of Osborn Co. Kans.on 24 of October 1884 at her Fathers houseby J.C. Lawrence J.P.Witness C.H. Chesley Witness P.C. Chesley
County: SedgewickThis marriage was under a cloud. My grandmother was pregnant by my grandfather and married to another man. She divorced her first husband, the new couple moved out of state, and here got married by a county judge instead of a minister. To their credit they remained together until death. As the years rolled by my grandparents were conscious of their age difference and whenever possible wold lie about their ages to decrease the difference; My grandfather would get older by a few years, and my grandmother would get younger by the same. Nothing is easy for the genealogist.
Husband: Walker, Keith G. age 23
Wife: McNeill, Mattie age 32
Place: Julesburg, Colo. Date: Nove 16, 1917
Official Performing Ceremony: G.H. Austin, County Judge, of Julesburg Colo.
Reported by: Fred Filatreau, of Julesburg, Colo.
RITES HELD FOR MRS. K.G. WALKER AT DIX
Funeral services for Mrs. K.G. Walker, 54, of Dix, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Union Presbyterian church at Dix, Reverend John C. Weston, of Kimball, pastor of the Dix church officiated.This is my paternal grandmother, dying from cancer when my father was only eight years old. I do not know yet from which Nebraska newspaper this is taken, the clipping was found in the effects of my aunt Jenifer's ("Frances") estate.
Mrs. Walker died Tuesday at the University Hospital in Omaha following two months' serious illness. She had been in poor health the past two years according to a Kimball physician under whose care she had been during that time.
Mattie Mae Walker, daughter of Arthur and Camilla Needham, was born at Arnold, Nebraska, May 5, 1884.
She was baptized and joined the Methodist church at Arnold at the age of 14. She was a graduate of the Arnold high school and the Broken Bow Normal school and taught school five years.
In 1906 she married Clifton McNeil and to this union four children were born who are: Lee, Frances, Dorothy and Arthur.
She was united in marriage to Keith G. Walker of Arnold at Julesburg, Colorado, in 1917. After residing at Arnold for about a year, they moved to Dix. To this union were born seven children; two infant boys preceded her in death.
The family moved near Weir, Colorado, in 1930 where Mrs. Walker was a member of the Methodist Episcopal churches at Julesburg and Ovid, Colorado.
Returning to Dix in 1936, Mrs. Walker spent the remaining years of her life there until her recent illness.
At Dix she was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and Ladies' Kensington Society.
Relatives who survive are her husband and nine children: Mrs. W.L. Wistrom, Violet, Betty, Paul, and Wayne, all of Dix. Frances Walker of Denver, Mrs. Tracy Ringoldsby of Cheyenne, Arthur Walker of North Platte and Ralph of San Diego, California; a brother Leroy Needham of Forest Grove, Oregon; and three grandchildren.
Reverend Weston's theme at the funeral service was "If it Were Not So I Would Have Told You."
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K Co. 8th Ill. Cav
Benton Barracks St. Louis Mo
June 28th, 1865
I received your letter of the 18th last night while in bed and was truly glad to hear from home once more. We left Fairfax Station on the morning of the 19th. I was taken quite ill at Fairfax Courthouse but after remaining a short time I went on to Washington where I overtook the regiment. That evening we got on the cars of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, laid over one day at Cumberland and then came to Parkersburgh, West Virginia. There we took Steam Boat and landed at Lawrenceburgh, Indiana on the 25th where we again got on the cars, passed through the States of Indiana and Illinois and landed here yesterday evening and here we are in Missouri. How long we will stay or where we will go next I do not know, we hear a great many yarns in reference to our destination. Some tell us we are going to Texas, some say we go to Kansas. I think we will go to Illinois, but how soon I do not know. I cannot believe we will remain here any great length of time. I see nothing fixing up here to remain, another thing we are not getting any soft bread, no cooking utensils or other conveniences for staying any length of time. I ought to have told you that my sickness was only temporary. I had a friend who stayed with me and I soon recovered, and had quite a pleasant trip considering the inconveniences we had to contend with, having no opportunity to cook. Only at Cumberland where we did a little cooking, and the Sanitary Commission gave us coffee. When we landed at Lawrenceburgh the citizens very kindly invited us to dinner at there houses & had they known we were coming they would have given us a jublie dinner. It is the first, last and only town we passed through where we were treated like white folks or where the people seemed to appreciate the services of the soldiers. We are encamped on the most beautiful place I have been in since I enlisted. Very level, all the Barracks painted white. I think the grounds contain about 40 acres, probably more. There are a great many troops here, and as far as I can learn they are all homeward bound, except the Missouri troops and the Regulars, this makes me believe we will not remain here any length of time. We have very beautiful weather, not very hot, yesterday was quite cool with a little rain. I am at present in very good health but somewhat tired after our long trip of twelve hundred miles. Yesterday evening after we got into our Barracks one of Co. D was shot by the accidental discharge of a Carbine through the carelessness of another of the same Co. He lived about 15 minutes but never spoke or showed any indication of being conscious of what was passing around him. If you write soon direct your letters to me at Benton Barracks St. Louis Missouri instead of Washington. When we leave here I will write to you immediately on stopping at the next place. Having nothing more of importance to write, and hoping you are in good health, accept the love of your devoted Husband.
C. H. Chesley
K Co. 8th Ill Cav
|Regimental History of the 33rd Illinois Infantry, published 1902.|
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Algiers March 3, 1865
I received your last kind letter yesterday just after the occurrence of our railroad accident. I may as well give you an account of it. It was as fatal to our regiment as a sharp battle might have been. We had received orders to report to Gen. A.J. Smith at the "Battle Ground" eight miles below new Orleans, and the morning train from Brashear City had gathered up all the companies of the regiment along the railroad except one. Some are inclined to blame the engineer, but the officers have looked into the matter and think it to have been purely accidental. A horse and a mule were on the track before the engine. The engineer slackened speed, we came to a dry place in the swamp and the two animals left the track, whereat he put on steam again but just as we were fairly started the horse suddenly returned to the track and was run over. The engine and the first car remained on the track; the next eight cars were thrown into a pile, five of them broken up. It was a long train and about half a dozen cars in the rear were uninjured. Eight men of the regiment were killed instantly, two of them ground to pieces. Five more have since died and several I fear are mortally injured. About 60 are disabled, most of them only temporarily. I think our regiment will be delayed and probably we cannot go on the expedition at all. I went over to New Orleans last night to see the wounded put away in the hospital. The box car in which most of Co. B was riding was swung around off the track and partly capsized. All were jarred and more or less sprained but only hurt serious enough to be sent to the hospital. The statistics I have given you are not quite certain. You will see the most correct account of it in the Chicago Tribune, Springfield Journal, and Bloomington Pantagraph.
I hope Philander will not be compelled to leave home. He is one of the sort most needed at home, I wish I could have some of those cowardly fugitives drafted. If he should enlist, do you think he will come to the 33rd? He could find better opening probably but we should like to see him here very much. I will write again in a week or two. Excuse such hasting writing. We are in the Algiers depot expecting momentarily an order to move.
Love to all from brother, Ned
Direct New Orleans, La.We continue to see some agreement and disagreement between the accounts of this event. Almost always the numbers agree. But there are differences if it was a mule and a horse or just a horse, and there are differences about which cars flipped. Because this is a next day account and it is an eyewitness not newspaper reporter, I am inclined to give this the greatest weight as a source. Other eyewitness accounts we have found were done from memory.
Our Col. (Lippincott) has been promoted this morning to Brig. Gen.