James U. Walker is a representative of one of the pioneer families of Marion county. He owns and occupies a
splendidly improved farm of one hundred and fifty acres and lives in the old home of his father, Francis M. Walker,
who is mentioned elsewhere in this volume in connection with the sketch of another son, John J. Walker. It was
on the 18th of October, 1873, that James U. Walker first opened his eyes to the light of day. He was reared upon
the old home farm and after attending the common schools near his home spent a year as a student_ in Ackworth.
He has followed farming successfully since starting out in business life on his own account and has made many of
the improvements upon his place. He has a fine home here and the farm presents a neat and thrifty appearance. A
glance at the place indicates that its owner must be a man of progressive spirit and of unfaltering diligence,
for the fields are well tilled, the fences and buildings are kept in good repair and there is every evidence of
careful supervision and progressive methods. In addition to raising the cereals best adapted to soil and climate
Mr. Walker also engages in the raising of graded stock and his annual sales bring to him a gratifying income.
Mr. Walker has been married twice. On the 7th of February, 1895, he wedded Miss Della Camp, a daughter of the late
John Camp, and to them was born a son, Francis Marion, who was named for his paternal grandfather and who is at
Fort McDermott, Nevada, with his mother. Mr. Walker's present wife was Miss Mamie Mote, whom he wedded February
23, 1910. She was born in Palmyra, Iowa, a daughter of Ephraim and Ann Eliza (Gilman) Mote. The family were early
settlers in Warren county, having taken up their abode near Palmyra in 1846, when Ephraim Mote was but a young
lad. His parents removed from Ohio to Iowa and cast in their lot with the pioneer residents of this state. Ephraim
Mote was born in 1834 and was therefore seventy eight years of age when, in July, 1912, he passed away. His widow
is now living in Des Moines, at the age of sixty eight years. Mrs. Walker was reared and educated near Indianola
and by her marriage has become the mother of one daughter, tsta Bernice, born July 19, 1911.
Politically Mr. Walker is a republican, voting for the men and measures of the party, yet never an office seeker.
fraternally he is connected with both the subordinate lodge and encampment of the Odd fellows, while he and his
wife are connected with the Rebekahs. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge and of the Modern Woodmen
camp of Pleasantville, while his wife is a member of the Christian church. They are both well known in this county
and many speak of them in terms of high regard. Mr. Walker is, moreover, recognized as one of the leading farmers
of Swan township, employing all the modern methods which have made this one of the rich agricultural districts
of the state.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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