|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1834|
|Death: ||May 9, 1891|
from the Herald and Torch Light, Hagerstown, MD, May 14, 1891:
Mr. Thomas J. Walker, one of the most prominent citizens of Hagerstown, died suddenly between eleven and twelve o'clock last Saturday night, aged 56 years 5 months and 28 days. The prime cause of death was consumption, which Mr. Walker had been afflicted with for a number of years. His widow and four children - Thomas M., Frederick W., Sadie M. and Agnes C., all residents of this city - survive him. He also leaves a brother, Dr. S.C. Walker, of Stanton, North Dakota, and three sisters, Mrs. Hallie Price, Miss Mary H. Walker, of Waynesboro, and Mrs. Amanda Schroeder, of Hagerstown. The funeral occurred from his late residence on West Washington street at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. David Laughlin conducted the funeral services and interment was made in Rose Hill Cemetery. The pall bearers were Charles S. Lane, Allen Yingling, Charles F. Manning, Louis E. McComas, Newton S. Cook, George W. Smith, C.E. Wise and C.E. Baechtel.
Thomas James Walker was born at Waynesboro, Pa., November 11, 1834, a son of Dr. Thomas Walker. While yet quite young he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and from there to Vincennes, Indiana. While engaged there as a clerk in a mercantile establishment, the civil war began and he enlisted in the Union army as a First Lieutenant in the Eightieth Indiana Volunteers August 24, 1862, the famous war Governor of Indiana, Oliver P. Morton, signing his commission. Mr. Walker continued in the service until the termination of the war, and during that period he contracted the disease that ended his life. On Christmas Day, 1862, his father died, and Lieutenant Walker obtained a furlough of two weeks to attend the funeral. At the conclusion of the war he went to Pottsville, Pa., and engaged in the dry good business. He was married to Miss Mary E. Strong, of Hartford, Conn., February 2, 1870. Three years later he removed to Hagerstown, and with his brothers George and William, established a large wholesale and retail liquor business.
He and his brother in law, Mr. F.W. Strong, of New York, about four years ago, founded the jewelry firm of F.W. Strong & Co. and conducted a successful business at their stand in the Baldwin House building. On May 1, 1890, they sold out to Mr. Guss S. Beeler, whose death, by a singular coincidence, occurred the previous day, from the same disease. Mr. Walker was an earnest, aggressive Republican and was thrice an unsuccessful candidate of that party - in 1880 for mayor of Hagerstown, when he was defeated by 22 votes by John D. Swartz; in 1881 for city councilman, and in 1887 for Judge of the Orphans' Court. He held the position of one of the trustees to the poor, was a member of the Presbyterian church, and of the Masonic order.
Co. I., 80th Ind. Vol. Inf.
Rose Hill Cemetery
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