Biography of Christian Walter


Walter, Christian, a well known farmer and dairyman of Tonawanda, was born in the town of Tonawanda, March 31, 1848. Philip and Sophia Walter were his grandparents, natives of Germany. Philip was a lifelong farmer and came to America about 1837, bringing his family with him and located in the town of Tonawanda, where he and his sons cleared the timber off a twenty-five acre farm. They reared a family of five sons and seven daughters; here they spent their remaining days, and he met his death at the age of seventy-two, from a fall in his barn. His wife lived tobe over ninety-two years. Frederick, the father of Christian, was the fourth of his father's children, born in Germany in 1823. He grew to manhood in Tonawanda and became a farn3er, owning a small farm near the village of Tonawanda. Though in frail health for over twenty years, he made a good living. In politics he was an independent voter. His wife was Katharina, daughter of Henry Yockey, and their children were Christian, Katharina, Frederick, Sophia, Mary and Louisa. They were members of the Lutheran church, in which he often filled official capacities: he died in 1862, and his wife survives him and resides on the homestead which is now owned by Christian, the subject. Christian Walter attended the common district school winters until fourteen. He remained with his father until twenty-two, when he began for himself on a rented farm. In 1882 he purchased the farm of fifty-five acres upon which he now resides, and where he has carried on a successful farming and dairying business. In 1891 Mr. Walter took advantage of the high prices of land and sold his farm, but continued to operate it by leasing it from the purchasers. He also leases other farms amounting in all to 150 acres, having a dairy of twentyfive cows. After the sale of his farm he purchased village property in the village of Tonawanda, having several tenement houses. In politics Mr. Walter is a Republican. In 1869 he married Laura Yockey of Tonawanda, and they have six children: Christian, Philip, George, Laura, Louisa and Frederick. Mr. Walter and wife are members of the Lutheran church, in which he is elder.

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A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
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The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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