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Marion Walker


Marion Walker was born on Aug. 22, 1872 or 1873 in Iowa or Missouri, the son of William "Crawford" and Electa (Minard) Walker

At the age of five, in 1878, Marion and his parents and siblings migrated from Iowa to Mulvane, Sumner County, KS. 

When Marion was age 33, in 1906, he married 22-year-old Josephine Bridget Cullen (Feb. 27, 1884-1950), a native of Missouri, whose parents were emigrants from Ireland. He was 11 years older than his bride. Josephine was the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Russell) Cullen.

They produced two known daughters -- Alice F. Moore Jones and Marian J. Walker. 

Marion was employed for years as a brakeman for the Burlington Railroad. The federal censuses of 1910 and 1920 show the young family making its residence in Brookfield, Linn County, MO, on West Wood Street.


Brookfield's North Main Street, looking south from City Park


By 1930, with the nation in the grasp of the Great Depression, Marion no longer worked for the railroad. Instead, still living in Brookfield, he labored at odd jobs.

The federal census of 1950 shows Marion, Josephine and daughter Marian sharing a residence in Brookfield.

Josephine suffered from heart disease, and following a hip fracture, died from this illness at the age of 79 on Sept. 23, 1950. She was laid to rest in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookfield. 

The widowed Marion outlived his bride by seven years. In about 1953, he relocated to Holden, Johnson County, MO, with an address of North Main Street. Burdened with kidney failure, death swept him away at the age of 85 on Sept. 18, 1957. Interment of the remains was at St. Michael's.

~ Daughter Alice (Walker) Moore Jones ~

Daughter Alice Walker (1907- ? ) was born in 1907 in Missouri. 

Little is known of her life. 

By 1930, she had married (?) Moore, a native of Indiana, and had borne a daughter, Margaret I. Moore. 

That year, the daughter lived with Alice's parents in Brookfield, Linn County, MO. 

Later, Alice wed (?) Jones. By 1950, she lived in Kingsville, MO. Later in life, she and her single sister Marian Josephine Walker lived together in Holden, Johnson County. She was still living at the time of the sister's death in 1976.

Daughter Margaret I. Moore (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927 in Missouri. When she was three years of age, in 1930, she lived with her grandparents in Brookfield, Linn County, MO. 

~ Daughter Marian Josephine Walker ~

Daughter Marian Josephine Walker (1913-1976) was born in 1913 in Brookfield, Linn County. 

She never married. At the age of 26, in 1940, she made a home with her parents in Brookfield, MO. She was employed that year with a mercantile company as a branch manager. 

Marian continued to live under her parents' roof as of 1950, when she was age 36. She had no occupation that year, as recorded in the federal census enumeration. 

After her father's death, Marian relocated to Holden, Johnson County, MO, where she shared a residence for about 20 years with her sister. She joined the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 

She succumbed to the spectre of death in her home at the age of 63 on April 30, 1976. Burial was aside her parents at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookfield. An obituary was published in the Kansas City Star.

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