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Sadie Bell Strosnider Walker

  • Birth 19 Nov 1880 Wardensville, Hardy County, West Virginia, USA
  • Death 4 Nov 1959 Goodland, Sherman County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Goodland, Sherman County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 27053207

Mrs. Sadie B. Walker, a resident of this community for 46 years passed away quietly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.O. Bolen on November 4, 1959 at 8:20 p.m. She had been in failing health for more than a year, and had become steadily worse for several weeks before her passing.

Mrs. Walker was born November 19, 1880, in Wardensville, West Virginia, the eldest daughter of Samuel and Susan Strosnider.

She grew to womanhood in Wardensville and was united in marriage to William Robert Walker on April 8, 1901. To this union was born nine children. Mr. Walker took his bride to a log cabin home on his farm in Hardy County, and later the home place was sold, but the family lived there until moving to Kansas. Besides the farming interest, the family owned and operated a saw mill. Mr. Walker was also a mail carrier.

In November of 1913, mainly through the efforts of Lee Calvert, nephew of the late G.L. Calvert, the Walker family came to Sherman County, Kans. Once here they established residence on a farm one-half mile south of Goodland. The following year they started operation of one of the first dairy's in the county. That, with the farming interests of Mr. Walker, kept the whole family busy. The Walker farm was one of the first to grow corn successfully, and summer fallowing and crop rotation was always practiced. Mr. Walker passed away October 16, 1923, just ten years after moving to Sherman County.

With the death of Mr. Walker the dairy and farming was continued by Mrs. Walker and the children. It was a struggle, but one of her favorite sayings, "There will be a brighter day tomorrow," tells plainly her belief in the future.

In 1941 Mrs. Walker moved to a farm north of Goodland, and then bought a home in Goodland in 1949. She lived there with her youngest son, George, until her illness in 1958. When the serious state of her health became apparent, she went to the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.O. Bolen, and there she lived until her death.

No one can measure the courage it took to leave the hills of West Virginia and all she held so dear, to come with her husband and seven small children to the wild and open prairie of Western Kansas. The drought, hail, continual wind and dust, not to mention the utter loneliness, must have seemed overpowering. But she stayed and became a staunch believer in this country. Her life was lived for her family. She had few outside interests and centered her days keeping her family together. Being left a widow with 8 children, all depending on her, did not break her faith that it was always darkest just before dawn. As a child, she had become a member of the Methodist church in Wardensville and both she and Mr. Walker were active in church work.

She is survived by eight children, Mary Bolen, Henry Walker, Philip Walker, Nick Walker, and George Walker, all of Goodland, Minnie F. Crosby, Denver, Colo., Elsie Novack, Chicago, Ill., Virginia Kirschmer, Amarillo, Tex. There are 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides these children she has seven living sisters and brothers, Ethel Vance, Florence Vance, Leolya Reedy, Vird Snyder, Dale Orndorff, Rufus Strosnider and Floyd Strosnider, all residing in West Virginia.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the Sage Chapel with Lester Sage giving the eulogy. Fred Darnauer, accompanied by Marie Teeters, sang, "Beyond the Sunset" and "Rock of Ages." The pallbearers were grandsons, Wm. Frerichs, James Walker, Jack Walker, Robert Turley, Dale Hayden and Robert Russell.

Internment was made in the Goodland cemetery.


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  • Created by: Jennifer Nordyke Hart
  • Added: 24 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27053207
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sadie Bell Strosnider Walker (19 Nov 1880–4 Nov 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27053207, citing Goodland Cemetery, Goodland, Sherman County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Jennifer Nordyke Hart (contributor 46962779) .