William M Walker

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WILLIAM M. WALKER, engineer, whose home is in Bethel township, Armstrong county, was born in this county, in Manor township, Jan. 3, 1878, son of Samuel and Mary J. (King) Walker. His grandfather, Alexander Walker, was of Irish descent.

Samuel Walker was born March 8, 1856, in Manor township, where he still resides. He married Mary J. King, whose father, Matthias King, also lives in Manor township; the latter married Margaret Campbell, who was born in Ireland and was but two years old when brought to this country by her parents. Mrs. Mary J. (King) Walker died in 1897, at the age of thirty-six years. She was the mother of three children, one son and two daughters: William M.; Dora E. (now � 1913 � twenty-one years old) and Mary (now nineteen).

William M. Walker was born on the homestead farm of his father in Manor township and there received his education, attending school winters. After he attained his majority he began to work as fireman for the Pittsburgh & Buffalo Coal Company at White Rock, in Bethel township, this county, later became an engineer, and served there two years in that capacity before he took his present position, with the Raridan & East Brady Coal Company, of Logansport, in whose employ he has been for the last six years.

On Jan. 5, 1906, Mr. William M. Walker married Carrie Bolte, of Pittsburgh, whose parents, Henry and Caroline (Smith) Bolte, were natives of Germany, and came to the United States in 1866; their family consisted of three children, Joseph, Carrie and Willie, the last named dying, aged thirteen years. Mr. and Mrs. Walker have three children, Mary, Henry S. and Frank William.

Mr. Walker has taken some part in local public matters, at present serving as tax collector. Fraternally he is a Mason, holding membership in Leechburg Lodge, No. 577, and also belongs to the I. O. O. F. lodge at Kelly Station and encampment at Leechburg; he is a past officer of the Odd Fellows, and has attended the Grand Lodge. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church at Crooked Creek. Mr. Walker is a useful citizen and a thoroughly respected man in his community.

Source: Page 778, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Kathy Zagorac for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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