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James Hiel Walker
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Birth: Jun. 3, 1842
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1926
Durango
La Plata County
Colorado, USA

Newspaper Clipping: advertisement for August 1901 in Archuleta County Newspaper: "Go to J.H.Walker's for groceries." - "J.H.Walker's is the place to get fishing tackle." "The high premium on honesty proves that it is the best policy. Just received a new and complete line of groceries, our stock is fresh and prices are the very lowest in town. J.H.Walker."

(From: The Pagosa Springs Sun Obituary April 1926 - note the middle name is incorrect) James Hill Walker. It is with exceeding regret that we chronicle the death in a Durango hospital early last Saturday morning of James H.Walker of Arboles, pioneer resident of Archuleta county, veteran of the Civil War and father of County Commissioner John E. Walker.

Both Mr. Walker and his wife were taken ill with influenza at their Arboles home about three weeks ago, and were removed Durango for hospital care. Mrs. Walker contracted Pneumonia and died on April 1st, as noted in these columns last week. Her husband was making a splendid recovery from the influenza, but early last week became afflicted with erysipelas. He appeared to be recovering from this until Friday of last week, when a sudden turn for the worse ended his useful life at 4:35 Saturday morning. Rev. G. G. Hatcher, pastor of the M. E. church of Pagosa Springs and old time friend of the deceased was summoned Saturday to Allison, where on Sunday he conducted the funeral services of his friend in the Allison church. Interment following in the Allison cemetery, where his wife was laid tenderly away a few days before. The church was filled with friends and neighbors, attesting to the love and respect held for this venerable citizen.

James Hill Walker (middle name error) was born in Lynn county Iowa and died at Durango, Colorado, aged 83 years, 10 months and 7 days... He was the was one of seven children, surviving three sisters and three brothers. Two of his brothers, J. M. Walker of Alvarado, Texas and J. _. Walker of Los Angeles California, survive him.

Mr. Walker enlisted in the infantry from Iowa and served with the Union in the Civil War. He was a member of the GAR, belonging to Gen. Ed Hatch post of Pagosa Springs, there now being only four remaining members of said post. Shortly after the Civil War he moved to Jasper county, Missouri, and in October 1870 was married to Miss Elizabeth Comstock, who died in November 1880. Their children were Flora, born in December 1874 and died in November 1921, and John E. Walker who now lives at Arboles. Mr. Walker lived in Jasper county until 1884, whe with his brother Jasper, he came to Colorado, spending two summers and one winter at Del Norte, Summitville and at the Bond mining camp near Chromo Colorado. In the fall of 1886 they went back to Missouri, returning the next spring to Chama, New Mexico with their brother Henry and family. Since that time he spent most of his time in Archuleta county, where he took up a homestead and made a home for his daughter and son. The daughter, Flora, kept house for him until her marriage to James E. McGuire. In April 1913, Mr. Walker was married to Elizabeth Murphy, who preceded him in death but nine days, she dying April 1st and he on April 10th.

With his passing Archuleta County loses one of its most highly respected citizens. A kind and loving husband and father, good neighbor and friend of every acquaintance. He will be greatly missed in the community where he had so long made his home. 
 
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 Parents:
  John B. Walker (1810 - 1895)
  Anna Mariah Hunt Walker (1817 - 1889)
 
 Spouses:
  Elizabeth Ann Comstock Walker (1850 - 1882)
  Flora R Irwin Walker (1856 - ____)
  Elizabeth Woolridge Walker (1859 - 1926)
 
 Children:
  Flora Louisa Walker McGuire (1874 - 1921)*
  John Everette Walker (1876 - 1973)*
 
 Siblings:
  Almira Walker Huff (1838 - 1921)*
  William Henry Walker (1840 - 1903)*
  Cynthia Ann Walker Abbe (1841 - 1887)*
  James Hiel Walker (1842 - 1926)
  John Myron Walker (1850 - 1926)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Allison Tiffany Cemetery
Tiffany
La Plata County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Row 3 (His daughter, Flora McGuire & her husband & dtr. are in Row 2)
 
Created by: L Pritchett
Record added: Jun 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14741715
James Hiel Walker
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James Hiel Walker
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- Beverly Swanson
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014
Rest in peace, my dear uncle and U.S. patriot.
- L Pritchett
 Added: Sep. 7, 2011

- L Pritchett
 Added: Jun. 26, 2006
 
 
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