|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1884|
|Death: ||Oct. 3, 1931|
Married to Mattie Lea Roseman in 1902, Union County, Arkansas. Father of ten children. Son of Artilda Christopher and John R. Golden.
Walter Samuel Golden was the son of John R. Golden and Artilda Christopher. He was born on February 10, 1884 in Red River County, Texas. He was the third son born to John and Artilda. His two older brothers were Wily N., and William Richard. His two younger siblings were Dora Belle and Fred M Golden. His father, John, apparently died sometime between 1891 and 1898 as his mother had remarried by 1900 to Charley Nicks (Nix) and had moved to Saline Co., Arkansas. By 1910 his mother had remarried again to George Thurman. John and Artilda is a son named Wily N. Golden, born in 1879. Nothing further has ever been found for Wily N. Golden but in the 1900 census Artilda was shown to have had 5 children with 4 living. John and Artilda had 4 more children; they were William R. in 1881, Walter S. in 1884, Nora Belle in 1889 and Fred in December of 1891. Walter's father, John, is supposed to be buried somewhere in Red River County, Texas.
Grandpa Walt and Grandmother Mattie met while he worked as a lumber mill laborer near grandmother's father's farm in Quachita Co, AR. She was 16 at the time of their marriage. Although nine of their eleven children were born in Arkansas, the last two daughters were born in Galena, MO. They had moved there for my grandmother's health. While living in Missouri, Grandma and Grandpa and children were share croppers and farmed tomatoes. Mother once said that they had more tomatoes than they could eat, but only the over-ripe ones. They made catsup and canned tomatoes so that none went to waste. During that period they lived in a hotel and ran a cafe for a short period. Grandpa was also a deputy sheriff, but when he arrested the sheriff's son for something, then grandpa was arrested and spent 6 months in jail. Most of that time was spent as a trustee and not an inmate.
Later they moved back to Arkansas and lived in a yellow house near the foot of Rich Mountain. Grandpa raised chickens and probably farmed some. In the fall of 1931, grandpa and uncle Oscar went up the mountain to spray the chicken house for chicken mites. After doing some cleaning grandpa wouldn't let Oscar help with the spraying. Grandpa went into the chicken house and closed the door and beginning spraying with "Black Flag" (not sure what type of poison that was) for the chicken mites. When he emerged from the chicken house, uncle Oscar said he was very pale and coughing. He got sick immediately and had to be helped back home where he went to bed. He was treated for pneumonia, and also had his lungs drained but it was too late. He died several weeks later on October 3, 1931 in Mena, Arkansas and is buried in Pinecrest Memorial Park cemetery in Mena, Polk County, Arkansas.
John R. Golden (1859 - 1898)
Artilda Ann Christopher Thurman (1860 - 1937)
Mattie Lea Roseman Golden (1886 - 1962)*
Martha Francis Golden McLellan Matthews (1916 - 2005)*
William Richard Golden (1882 - 1959)*
Walter Samuel Golden (1884 - 1931)
Nora Bell Golden Lewis (1889 - 1974)*
Fred Golden (1892 - 1957)**
Pinecrest Memorial Park
Maintained by: Jennie Motheral
Originally Created by: Lora Peppers
Record added: Sep 23, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42298544