|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1871|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1923|
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO WILLIAM R WALKER
Drops Dead Tuesday Afternoon While Fighting Prairie Fire South of City
W.R. Walker, well-known Goodland dairyman, dropped dead Tuesday afternoon about 4 o'clock while assisting in fighting a prairie fire which had started on a field a short distance south of the residence of Tim Sullivan and about one mile west of his own residence.
Mr. Walker and son Henry were operating a tractor and a drill when they stopped to fight the fire. A.S. Caldwell had appeared on the scene a few minutes before and was also engaged in trying to extinguish the blaze. The fire was apparently gaining much headway and Mr. Walker started toward Caldwell. When he reached him he fell to the ground at the feet of Caldwell. Realizing what had taken place, but hoping that the worst had not occurred. Caldwell and a young Walker placed Mr. Walker in a Ford auto standing close by and made a hurried trip to the office of Dr. Beckner, who pronounced Mr. Walker dead. The cause of his death being heart failure. His remains were then taken to the W.J. Bower & Sons undertaking parlors.
Services were conducted at his home Thursday at 2:30 p.m., by Rev. M.R. Starbuck, and the remains were laid to rest in the Goodland cemetery.
William Robert Walker was born Nov. 21, 1871, at Wardensville, West Virginia, the son of W.H. and Rachael Walker. He attended the public schools at Wardensville and later engaged in farming. He also operated a saw-mill at Wardensville and was employed as a mail carrier.
He was married April 8, 1901, to Sadie B. Strosnider.
In 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Walker decided to come to Kansas and engaged in the agricultural and dairy business in Sherman county on Nov. 19, 1912, and purchased the farm where the family now resides, located a short distance south of Goodland.
Mr. Walker was a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Winchester, Va., and of the Lutheran church at Wardensville, W. Va.
He is survived by his wife and eight children: Mary, Henry, Minnie, Philip, Elise, Nicholas, Rachael and George.
Five of those children are students at the Sherman community high school.
Mr. Walker has two sisters and four brothers living. Miss Nann Walker and Mrs. Charles Webster of Wardensville, W. Va., and L.M., J.H., and Frank Walker, who also live at Wardensville and Angus Walker of Piedmont, W. Va. His parents preceded him to the world beyond.
Sadie Bell Strosnider Walker (1880 - 1959)*
Mary Susan Walker Bolen (1901 - 1981)*
William Henry Walker (1903 - 1974)*
Philip Walker (1906 - 1993)*
Nicholas Robert Walker (1909 - 1987)*
Baby Walker (1912 - 1912)*
George Lee Walker (1916 - 1985)*
Created by: Jennifer Nordyke Hart
Record added: Feb 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24724529
Rest in Peace William|
Added: Jun. 8, 2008