J. C. WALKER.
Among the successful business men of Conroy is J. C. Walker, who is engaged in the lumber and grain business. He
is a native of Hilton township, born August 12, 1863, and is a son of David and Jeannette (Sanders) Walker, both
natives of Scotland. In 1852 they left that country and crossed the Atlantic to America, locating first in Allegheny
county, Pennsylvania, whence they removed to Scott county, Iowa, where they lived for some time. Eventually the
father took up his residence upon a farm of eighty acres in Hilton township, this county, where he built a good
residence of native lumber and in other ways improved his place. Both he and his wife died in this county. They
were the parents of six children, of whom our subject is the only one now living.
J. C. Walker remained at home until he was twenty seven years of age and supplemented his public school training
by a course in a business college of Des Moines. He then began farming upon his own account and after devoting
ten years to agricultural pursuits he removed to Marengo, where for two years he was engaged in the harness and
implement business. At the end of that time he came to Conroy and turned his attention to dealing in lumber and
grain. He has since resided here and has built up a large trade in those lines. He still owns residence property
in Marengo and also the place where he lives in Conroy. He derives a handsome addition to his income from his farm
in Hilton township, which comprises two hundred and forty acres and which is in a high state of cultivation.
In 1892 Mr. Walker married Miss Lydia Johnson, a daughter of Storer and Jerusha Johnson, both natives of Indiana,
whence they removed to Rock Island county, Illinois, where they lived until called to the home beyond. Mr. and
Mrs. Walker have become the parents of three children: one who died in infancy; William A., who was born on the
21st of June, 1896, and is now attending high school; and Iva M., whose birth occurred on the 18th of February,
Mr. Walker is a republican and has served acceptably as township trustee. Fraternally he is a member of Hebron
Lodge, No. 248, I. O. O. F., and also of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He belongs to the Presbyterian church
but his wife is a member of the Baptist church. He is one of the well to do men of Conroy and is highly respected
as his success has been gained by methods that need no disguise, being won in accordance with the highest principles
of business ethics.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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