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 John Young Walker

John Young Walker

Birth
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 8 Apr 1922 (aged 63)
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-29-010-03
Memorial ID 86961 · View Source
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Son of Henson Walker Jr., and Elizabeth Foutz

Husband of Christina/Chastina Holman, 8 Dec 1881 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA

They have 8 children.


John Young Walker, son of Henson Walker Jr. and Elizabeth Foutz, was born Apr. 27, 1858 at Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah. He was the fifth child in a family of seven, five sons and two daughters.

From his early childhooh "Johnny", as he was called was trained in habits of industry, fragility and dependability. Early in his life he began to assume responsibilty in helping to proivde forthe faily. He gathered roots, greens, wild berries and fruits. He helped witht the chores, driving the cattle to water and to the herd, the oxen to the farms and to the mountain for logs. For years all the fuel they had was brought from the mountains. These logs were cut in lengths and split for fire wood. As a boy he waded over the farm barefooted with his duck pants rolled up to his knees to help with the irrigating.
He loved to hunt and fish. His education was meager, only going to school for a short time in the winter when there wasn't much else to do. He took part in church nad soical activities.
On the 13 th of April, 1868 hi sborther Lewis was killed by a horse throing him while fdriving the cattle to water. The shock and grief of his passing nearly killed his mother. She was never well afterward. The family always manifested the tenderest feelings forher in her affliction.

In later years John worked on the railroad, at the sawmill, and hauling produce to Bingham and Salt Lake. He also did anything he could find to do help support the family.
President Brigham Young with others often stopped there. It was his father's duty as well as a priviege to take care of theri carriages and teams. One time he thought thee President's outift was exra nice, he couldn't resist driving them around a few blocks before putting them up.
Henson Walker Jr and John Greenleaf Holman were both Pioneers of 1847, both lived at Pleasant Grove. John courted Chastina, the second daughter of the Holman's, they grew up together. They were married Dec. 8th 1881 in the endowment House in Salt Lake City. They, with his brother Ezra and his bride Laura Brown, made the trip to Salt Lake City in a covered wagon. Their first home was in Pleasant Grove in the home of his wife's sister Marinda Halliday, who was a widow with two small children. Chastina took care of them while their mother worked at tailoring and dressmaking.
On the 5th of October 1882 a son was born. They named him John Holman Walker, during the warm summer days of the next year he became ill and on the 20th of August, he passed away.
During this time John bought twenty acres of land in the basin, as it was called, now Lindon. He planted some grain, corn, potatoes and a garden and also made preparations to build a home. He brought logs from the mountains to make fences, sheds, corrals, and pens.
One large room was built of lumber. Chastina had dried and canned some fruit so they had something to eat. Water had to be hauled form the canal and when it stood in a barrel on a hot summer day, it was wet and that was about all.
John would go away to work for short periods- to earn money to pay taxes and assessments, and to make more improvements.
The Walker brothers bought a thrashing machine. It was run by horsepower. They did custom work and would be gone all week. Wehn Saturday night came the children would wait anxiously for father's coming. What busy times we had when they thrashed at home, carrying water to the men, pushing the grain back in the bins and helping to prepare the meals.
John attended his Church and quorum meetingsm having to go three miles until the Pleasant Grove Ward was divided in 1890. He helped to make the North Union Canal and was water-master for many years. He acted as constable of the presinct for several years, aslo managed the amusement hall. He worked in the Temples doing baptismal and endowment work for the dead.
He was called to serve as a second counselor to Bishop A. L. Cullimore in the Lindon Ward. He served in this position until the spring of 1917 when he moved to Pleasant Grove.
John & Chastina attended the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple in April 1903. They were called inthe spring of 1909 to go to the temple and have their second endowments.
In March of 1910 he was appointed to fill the unexpired term as County Commissioner of his brother, Benjamin Walker, who had passed away in February. He served on the school board for two years on the Pleasant Grove District.
electric lights were installed in the home in the fall of 1910. He had the first automobile in Lindon, purchased in the spring of 1913. It was only a model T, but that was something in thise days. At first when driving it he would occasionally catch himself saying "Whoa", instead of braking it.

John & Chastina loved to spend a little time each summer camping in the canyon on the river where he could fish. Many family gatherings were held at the old Geneva Resort on Utah Lake and in American Fork and Provo Canyons.
In the spring of 1917 they moved to Pleasant Grove, having purchased a home from Guy Robinson.
In the fall of 1918 he and Chastina wnt to Elsinore where he worked in the sugar factory that winter. they lived with their daughter, Ethel Fenton and family. the returned to Pleasant Grove in the spring of 1919.
He went in the chicken business in a small way on his half acre plot, which was planted in samll fruits and a fine garden. He kept busy in the Church, serving as a ward teacher and home missionary and priesthood activities. He also helped some on the farm and did a lot of Temple work.
For sometime his lungs and heart had not been very strong. In the latter part of February 1922 he contracted a severe cold, which gradually grew worse. He was sick only a little more than a month. Everything that human skill, faith and prayers could do, was done, but he gradually became weaker and on the evening of April 8th, 1922, he passed away. His family were all there but one son who lived in Vernal, Utah. The funeral was held in the Pleasant Grove Tabernacle Apr. 12th, 1922. Friends and relatives had gathered from many parts of the state. He was buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
John's life was not long, being a little less than sixty-four years old. His experiences and labors were many. He shunned evil and his word was his bond. He prized his owrk in the Church and his family, above all else. May the memory of hi slife of interrity and faith, be a guiding light to his family. At the time of this writing (March 1961) the posterity of John Y. Walker was five living children and 352 of their descendants- twenty-two have passed on.

By Estella Walker Gillman (Eldest daughter)



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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86961
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Young Walker (27 Apr 1858–8 Apr 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86961, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .