|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."