Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 605-06.

Transcribed by Paul Nagy

Biography of  Thomas T. Walker

Thomas T. Walker, who is successfully engaged in farming and stock-raising in Grant township, was born in Pennsylvania in September, I860, his parents being James S. and Hannah (Randelbough) Walker, who were also natives of the Keystone state but are now deceased.  The father took up his abode in Pendleton, Indiana, where he followed his trade of shoemaking until he passed away at the age of ninety-three years.  His political allegiance was given to the men and measures of the democracy.  The record of his children, in addition to Thomas T. of this review, is as follows:  John, who is a shoemaker residing in Indiana; James, who follows farming in Pennsylvania; Charles, a laborer, who makes his home in Indiana; and Elizabeth, the wife of J. Kinneman.


Thomas T. Walker attended school until twelve years of age and then worked for others until he had attained the age of twenty-four years.  At that time he was married and returned to the home farm, which remained his place of residence for five years.  The year 1902 witnessed his arrival in Buena Vista county and he has since been engaged in the operation of a fine farm of six hundred and forty acres in Grant township, which annually yields golden harvests as a return for the care and labor which he bestows upon it.


Mr. Walker was joined in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth Harris, a native of Indiana, whose parents are deceased.  Unto this union have been born the following children, namely:  Bertie, Earl and Roy, all of whom are at home.  They are also rearing an adopted child, Mac.


Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise Mr. Walker has given his political allegiance to the democracy, while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.  A man of genial nature and cordial disposition, he has gained the friendship and esteem of those with whom he has been associated and is well known as a prosperous and enterprising agriculturist of his community.