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 Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)    Death on the Rail, "The Peoria Daily Transcript" (Dec. 28, 1896)

A Farmer Killed While Trying to Board a Morning Train

Danvers, Ill., Dec. 27 - Special - William Walker, a well to do farmer who lived near Lilly, was killed by a Big Four Passenger Train last night. Mr. Walker had been spending the day in this city and was at the station to take the evening train for home. He attempted to board it after it had started, missed his footing, and was thrown under it's wheels. His right arm and right leg were cut off. He lived but a short time.


Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Mackinaw Woman Dead, "The Peoria Herald-Transcript" (Dec. 8, 1912)

Funeral of Mrs. Walker, Old Resident Will Be Held Tomorrow Morning

The funeral of Mrs. Mary Walker, an old resident of Mackinaw, died at 1 o'clock Friday morning, will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning from the Christian Church in Mackinaw.

The deceased was the widow of the late George Walker, and one of the oldest residents in Mackinaw. She was born April 29, 1836 and most of her life was spent in Mackinaw. She is survived by the following children: Frank Walker and Mrs. Lilly Smith, of Mackinaw; Mrs. Fred H. Gray of Charleston; and Mrs. Maxwell Shaw, of Denver.


Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Former Teacher and George Walker Wed, "Mackinaw Enterprise-Gazette" (Sept. 23, 1937)

Were Married Saturday at East St. Louis

Miss Eleanor McMurdo became the bride of George Walker of New Holland in a ceremony performed at East St. Louis Saturday at 10 a.m. They were married at the Federated Church by the Pastor Rev. Walter Schlaretzki, in the presence of members of the families of the couple. Mrs. Emma Walker of Mackinaw attended.

The bride was an instructor in music and departmental work in the upper grades of the Mackinaw Grade School during the years 1935 to 1937 and made a large number of friends while here. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. McMurdo of East St. Louis and is a graduate of McMurray College at Jacksonville.

Mr. Walker is an instructor in agriculture in the community high school at New Holland. He attended the University of Illinois.

Their Mackinaw friends extend their hearty congratulations to the couple as they establish their home at New Holland.


Blrnd02.gif (70 bytes)   Geo. Walker Dies; Veteran Teacher, "The St. Elmo Banner" (Oct. 29, 1961)

George William Walker, vocational agriculture teacher at St. Elmo High School for twenty years until his retirement Sept. 1, died at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at the Fayette County Hospital, where he had been taken by ambulance, two hours earlier.

Declining health had led him to resign from his school post late last summer, but he had remained active, and was downtown in good spirits several times last week.

Mr. Walker was born Dec. 25, 1894 in Mackinaw, Ill., son of William and Anna Schertz Walker. He was graduated from Western Military Academy at Alton and from the University of Illinois.

He entered the teaching profession at Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he taught for eight years before entering a business career. He resumed teaching at New Holland, Ill. In 1936, moved to Ashland, Ill. in 1938, and came to St. Elmo in Sept. 1941. In addition to teaching agriculture here, he was a very successful and popular chemistry teacher.

At the time of his retirement, Sept. 1st this year, he had just completed a quarter of a century as a vocational agriculture teacher in Illinois schools.

On Sept. 18, 1937, he was married to Miss Eleanor McMurdo of East St. Louis, and they had four children: Dale F. who is attending Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey; Marcia, the wife of Edward Mobley of Freeburg; Alan, attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Elaine Sue at home.

Besides the widow and children, he is survived by one grandchild, a half brother, Dr. Glen P. Walker of Assumption, two aunts, and several cousins.

Mr. Walker was long active in the St. Elmo Lions Club activities, and served District I-G as zone chairman, deputy district governor, and governor. For the past year he had served as the blind activities chairman of District I-G and as a member of the Lions of Illinois blind activities committee.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and of the Royal Arch Masons, and was active in the Methodist Church. He had been treasurer of the St. Elmo Library Board since it's formation.

Funeral services were held at the St. Elmo Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ellis H. Dugger and Rev. Charles Chadwell. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery.


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