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Walter Lilbern Murphy, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 12, 1883
Piatt County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1952
Brevard County
Florida, USA

v WALTER LILBERN MURPHY was bom 12 February 1883 in Unity Township near Pierson, Piatt Co., Illinois, the fourth son of Robert Murphy, Jr., and Mary Ann Barber.

Walter died 3 June 1952 at Melbourne, Brevard Co., Florida. Walter attended Piatt county schools and later Brown's Business College in Chicago, IL, studying with Mr. Pittman who had established a well-known business school for teaching typing, shorthand and other business practices.

Walter became very proficient in this field. He worked a short time, perhaps a summer, on an Indian reservation In Minnesota and described this tribe as of low intelligence and dirty.

He worked a summer in Yellowstone National Park as a bookkeeper, this at a time when stage coaches were in the park.

After completing business college, Walter became secretary to Chester Fischer, general manager of the Illinois Traction Co.

Walter married Bonnie Canard Funk on 11 Feb 1908 in Decatur, IL. Bonnie was born 17 Nov 1882 In Forsyth, Macon Co., IL. (d/o Edward Fllmore Funk, 1857-1927, & Ella Plank, 1861-1914).

The couple first lived at 403 Hazel St., Danville, IL, and in 1909 he transferred to St. Louis with his employer. They lived first in an apartment where Walter, Jr., was bora in 1911. They then moved to 5849 de Giverville, nr. Forest Park, where Robert F. was born in 1916. F. D. Johns, M.D., a Christian Science practitioner, attended the births. Bonnie had become a serious student of Christian Science and joined a branch church in St. Louis.
Bonnie Funk had a younger brother, Talmadge DeWitt Funk, who lived most of his life in Lawrence, KS. The two and their families were extremely close.

Their father was a "newspaper man" largely supported by his mother. His wife Ella separated from him and kept roomers in her home in Decatur, IL, where she brought up the children. Bonnie attended school in Decatur and a girls' seminary there. One of her mother's roomers had been Walter Lilbern Murphy.

In 1917 the Walter Murphys moved to Vlcksburg, MS, where he establisheda lumber business with a saw mill on the Yazoo River. A few years later a flood washed out his holdings, and he lost all of his Investment. He did not take bankruptcy. It took him years to repay all who had Invested with him.

The family returned to St. Louis for a time, then in 1924 moved to Texarkana, TX, where Walter managed the wood preserving plant for Koppers Company. He later was made general manager of their five wood preserving plants.

They first lived on the Texas side of town and later purchased a home at 2408 County Ave., Texarkana, AR.

Bonnie went to Boston to take Christian Science class instruction from John Randell Dunn, C.S. lecturer and teacher, and she herself became a C S. practitioner in 1925 In Texarkana. She read for a period of three years and was soloist for a time. She found it difficult to combat southern orthodox thought and Christian Science was not well received, but she did some remarkable work for those who came to her for healing and help.

Bonnie Funk Murphy was an extremely alert and handsome woman, very proud of her appearance and a correct lady always. She stood 5' 3" with normal build, brown-auburn hair which turned white early. She played piano and sang well, enjoyed gardening and played some golf with her husband. Her standards were high and family members loved her.

Bonnie died of a malignant tumor 19 Sept 1940 In her Texarkana home.

The body was taken to Lawrence, KS, for burial next to her mother at Oak Hill Cemetery on the Funk family lot.

After Bonnie's death, Walter requested a transfer. The Koppers Co. took
him into their main office in Pittsburg, PA, where he worked until his retirement
in 1949. He was a very conscientious business man, very meticulous
and considerate of others.

In 1941 Walter married secondly, Lillian Douglas of Troy, Ohio. They lived in a suite at the Wm. Penn Hotel until her death in 1950. She was ill most of this time and Walter was most attentive to her.

Walter married thirdly in Feb 1951, Anne Schade, a teacher in the Pittsburgh chools. Walter built a retirement home at Alden Place, Melbourne Beach, Florida, where they lived until his death of a heart attack 3 June 1952. He was cremated and the ashes returned to Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS. Anne Schade Murphy died in 1980.

Walter was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge," member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, MS, as well as the Texarkana branch church. He was a staunch Republican party member and enjoyed playing golf. He stood about 5' 8", had gray eyes, a round face and brown hair which became saltand-pepper in color In later years.

[From the book: Moses Barber of South Kingston, Rhode Island and many
descendants, 1652-1984 By Lois Schroeder ]
Family links: 
  Robert Murphy (1844 - 1900)
  Mary Ann Barber Murphy (1854 - 1921)
  Bonnie Canard Funk Murphy (1882 - 1940)*
  Walter Lilbern Murphy (1911 - 1965)*
  Robert Funk Murphy (1916 - 2005)*
  James Albert Murphy (1872 - 1929)*
  George Lyman Murphy (1875 - 1955)*
  Charles Robert Murphy (1875 - 1958)*
  Etta Florence Murphy (1879 - 1879)*
  Walter Lilbern Murphy (1883 - 1952)
  Jesse Evans Murphy (1885 - 1950)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
Douglas County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Sec. 8 South, Lot 88
Maintained by: Sandra
Originally Created by: Don Vaughn
Record added: Jan 23, 2009
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Walter Lilbern Murphy, Sr
Added by: Sandra
Walter Lilbern Murphy, Sr
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Walter Lilbern Murphy, Sr
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