Children of William Walker and Jeannie Arbuckle

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My Grandfather, George Alexander Walker was one of 12 children, 9 girls and three boys. I wanted to give you a “mini-bio” and photo for each one, and while there’s obviously much, much more that can be said about each person, this is a beginning “just the facts” sort of approach. I’ll add more fun stuff as time permits. Here goes:

George Alexander Walker

George Alexander Walker was born on November 27, 1865 in Ontario, Canada and died September 7, 1932 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The family emigrated from Ontario to the U.S. in about 1867 when George was just a little boy, settling first in Missouri, then Iowa and finally Minnesota. When he grew up George was a “Railroad Man” working first as a Telegraph Operator and later a Freight Agent and Station Agent for the Minnesota and International Railroad which eventually became part of the Northern Pacific. Wadena, MN was his home when he met and courted Miss Georgiana Boss, and they were married December 31, 1889 at the home of her parents in Detroit (then Detroit Lakes) Minnesota. George and Georgiana lived for a time at the RR Station in Walker, Minnesota before moving on to Iron River, Wisconsin for several years. Eventually they returned to Minnesota and made their home in Bemidji where again they lived above the railroad station for a time. They were parents to Elsie May, William Andrew, George A., Jr., Frederick Daly, and Evadne Jean Walker and two children who died in early childhood. George A. Walker Sr. died of Pernicious Anemia on September 7, 1932 in the Northern Pacific Hospital in St. Paul, MN.

George Alexander Walker



Margaret Amelia Walker

Margaret Amelia Walker was born October 1, 1868 in Missouri. She was known to the family as “Millie” and some records show her given name as “Margarete” or “Margarethe.” On December 3, 1885 at the age of 16, Millie married 22 year old Phillip Grant Barnhart, a native of Iowa. Millie and Phillip were the parents of ten children:

Pearl, b. September 9, 1886, m. William Moore on January 1, 1904, d. May 19, 1979
George E., b. February 25, 1888, d. August 22, 1974
Gertrude M., b. November 11, 1890, m. Philip Barker, d. April 1983
Nellie J., b. December 1, 1894, d. February 12, 1912
Merle, b. August 13, 1896, d. June 20, 1976
Cecile, b. July 21, 1897, m. Lindseth, d. 1963
Irene, b. August 16, 1899, m. Meyers, d. 1971
Elsie, (babe) b. January 14, 1901, m. Carlson, d. 1961
Phyllis, b. March 4, 1908
Calvin (Jack), b. 1911, d.

The Barnhart’s moved from Minnesota to Washington with Phillip arriving first in 1887 and Margaret following in 1888 with the two eldest children. They described the move this way: “Came from Minnesota to Seattle on train, to Whatcom on boat, to Lynden on a lumber wagon.” They settled in Lynden, Whatcom County, Washington where they had a farm, and were members of the “Clam Diggers’ Association.” Phillip died tragically on June 19, 1912, struck by lightening. Margaret continued to live in the area and died August 23, 1940. Margaret and Phillip are buried in Lynden Cemetery.

Margaret Amelia (Walker) Barnhart



Mary Emma Walker

Mary Emma Walker was born in Missouri in 1872. Mary Emma. or “Em” as she was called married Thomas J. Hatten and they lived in Jamestown, North Dakota. Their children were Bernice, Tom Walker, and Rex Hatten. In 1920 the Hatten’s were living in North Dakota, Tom was age 69, Mary 51. In the 1930 census Em is listed as a widow living with her son Rex and his family, her occupation is “Saleswoman” for the Legion Auxiliary, age 59.

Mary Emma Walker



Jane Anne Walker

Jane Anne Walker was born in February, 1874 in Joplin, Missouri and married Osborn Upper in Bemidji, Minnesota in 1892. She was known as “Annie.” Osborn and Annie moved west to Stevens County, Washington and then on to Saskatchewan where their sons Oscar Walker Upper and George Osborn Upper were born. Annie died November 1, 1965 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is probably buried at Wood Lawn Cemetery. The following picture isn’t very clear but is the only one I have… and it shows something of her life in Saskatchewan.

Jane Anne Walker



Caroline Alma Walker

Caroline Alma Walker was born in Garner, Hancock County Iowa on March 22, 1876. As was normal at that time Caroline and her twin, Chester, were born at home with a midwife present. According to Caroline’s daughter, the midwife thought that Caroline was dead and put her in another room out of sight, but when she was found to be alive was warmed in the old wood stove oven until she revived. This scenario, as many of you know, is a legend in many family histories and whether or not it has merit in this situation no one knows. On February 23, 1904 in Bemidji, Minnesota, Caroline married Edward Ignatius Hurley, a native of Woolich, England. Their children were Catherine Jeanne, born December 8, 1904 and Caroline Margaret Ann, born February 28, 1911. The couple eventually divorced and Caroline later married Jack Parkton and lived in Seattle, Washington. Caroline died January 9, 1969 in Los Altos, California. Caroline’s parents and siblings called her “Callie,” and to nieces and to nieces and nephews she was simply “Aunt Cal.”

Caroline Alma Walker



Chester A. Walker

Chester A. Walker, twin of Caroline, was born in Iowa as recorded above. In the 1900 census for Bemidji, Minnesota Chester enumerated with his Father, William Alexander Walker and sisters Callie, Kathleen, Edith and Ruth, and at that time was employed as a laborer for the railroad. On September 12, 1919 he registered for military service giving a birthdate of March 21, 1874. This birthdate is incorrect since his sister Annie was born in March of that same year. Chester eventually moved to Pleasant Valley, Saskatchewan to live with Anne and her family.

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Olive Maud Walker

Olive Maud Walker was born February 5, 1878 in Bluffton, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She married Edward E. Kirwin on June 24, 1902 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Olive and Edward had no children of their own but raised Ruth Sutherland, daughter of Charlotte Walker Sutherland after Charlotte died. Ed and Olive eventually moved west to Renton, Washington where he was a long time railroad worker. Ed Kirwin died in October, 1962 at the age of 93, Olive died 18 years later in 1980 at age 102.

Olive Maud Walker



William Henry Walker

William Henry Walker was born October 31, 1879 in Bluffton, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. He married Hazel Mary Minnich in 1917. William and Hazel’s first child, Ellen Jane Walker, was born in 1918 in Portland, Oregon and died in Portland in 1919. Their other children were Olive Lorraine, born in November, 1919, William Charles, born in February 1921, and Donald Rex born in April 1923. The family settled in California where William lived until his death in 1969 at age 89.

William Henry Walker



Charlotte I. Walker

Charlotte was born in Bluffton, Minnesota on August 21, 1881, she married Jay L. Sutherland on September 1, 1903 in Bemidji. Charlotte and Jay had one daughter, Ruth Mildred, born January 31, 1905. Sadly, on October 28, 1906 Charlottte died of “Inflammation of the Stomach” possibly after suffering a fall from a ladder. Her daughter Ruth Mildred was raised by Olive and Edward Kirwin and she referred to them as Mother and Dad. The picture below hasn’t been positively identified as Charlotte, however family members believe it to be her and all other siblings have been identified.

Charlotte I. Walker



Kathleen Walker

Kathleen Walker was born in Bluffton, Minnesota. Her date of birth is listed as August 16, 1883 according to the Social Security Death Index, but August 16, 1885 on her death certificate. Kathleen married Michael A. Downs in Bemidji. They were parents to Phillip Alexander, b. June 16, 1905, a daughter Kathleen, and also an adopted son, James Thomas who was born September 11, 1916. Michael Downs was a switchman for the M.&I. Railroad in 1927 and their address at that time was 413 Irvine Avenue in Bemidji. Kathleen died in February of 1971 in Minneapolis. The family affectionately knew her as “Aunt Babe.”

Kathleen Walker



Edith Ione Walker

Edith Ione Walker was born February 22, 1889 in Bluffton, Ottertail County, Minnesota. Edith followed her older sisters Caroline and Olive and moved to Washington State where she met her future husband William (Bill) Robert Leonard. They were married March 24, 1913 and settled in Auburn Washington around 1918. They had two children, Rowene Olive Leonard born October 2, 1914 and William Walker Leonard born January 16, 1918. Billl worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad and Edith became a Christian Science Practioner. She died of cancer in Victoria, British Columbia on March 22, 1958.

Edith Ione Walker



Ruth Irene Walker

Ruth Irene Walker was born in June, 1891 in Minnesota, the last of the Walker children. Ruth married Burr Todd on July 15, 1914 in Bemidji Minnesota and they later moved to Auburn, Washington where Burr worked on the Railroad. They had no children. Ruth died on April 5, 1956.

Ruth Irene Walker



So there you have it. I’m going to give you a list of sources for this material, many of which apply to several of the siblings. Feel free to contact me if you need more specific information.


Federal Census Records for Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho and Washington States.

Death Certificates/Obituaries/Socal Security Records

Birth/Death records from the Minnesota Historical Society

WWI Military Registration

Bemidji City Directories

Personal knowledge of descendants

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