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Biography of Thomas M. Walker

Thomas M. Walker became a resident of Kansas in 1879. He was one of the pioneer merchants at Alton in Osborne County, but from that county his range of interests had become widely extended in recent years. He is now a resident of Atchison, where he had lived since 1901, and is one of the leading business men and bankers in the eastern part of the state. Mr. Walker was born on a farm in Owen County, Kentucky, August 15, 1846. His family became identified with Kentucky when it was a new western state. His grandfather, William B. Walker, was born in England and came to this country with an older brother. In Kentucky he located at Lexington, and became superintendent of the cloth manufacturing plant in which Henry Clay was financially interested. He had learned the trade of weaver at Manchester, England. Thomas M. Walker was the fifth in a family of seven children born to Delville and Lucinda (Sparks) Walker, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Delville Walker was a prosperous farmer. In the issues which grew out of slavery he took a firm stand on the side of abolition and became one of the early members of the republican party. His son, James, fought in the Union army with the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry and at one time was provost marshal of one of Kentucky’s districts. Delville Walker died while the Civil war was in progress, but his wife survived until about 1905. The boyhood of Thomas M. Walker was spent on a Kentucky farm until he was fourteen, and he had only the advantages of...

Biography of Walter E. Pickenpaugh

Walter E. Pickenpaugh is one of the younger generation of business men upon whom had fallen the mantle of responsibility and had already made such headway as to be considered one of Culver’s leaders in business and civic affairs. Mr. Pickenpaugh was born at Jamestown, Kansas, July 22, 1890, twenty-seven years ago. His father, Ed G. Pickenpaugh, was born in Missouri in 1864, grew up a farmer and in 1886 located in Cloud County, Kansas, where he continued in the role of an agriculturist. His wife, Etta A. Stroup, who was born in Eastern Kansas in 1869, lives at Culver, Kansas. They had two children, Walter E. and Gladys E., the latter living with her mother and is a freshman in the Culver High School. Walter E. Pickenpaugh acquired his early education in the common schools of Nemaha County, Kansas, and attended high school at Alton and Oberlin in this state. His business career really began at the age of seventeen, when he left school and found work in Osborne County and in 1908 he was given the position of assistant manager in the lumber yard of the Rice & Johntz Company at Downs in that county. In 1911 he became assistant to the yard manager for the Leidigh & Havens Lumber Company at Lincoln, Kansas, a year later went to Salina for the same firm and in the same capacity, and in 1913 came to Culver as local manager for the Leidigh & Havens Lumber Company. Their yard, well stocked with all classes of building material, is situated on Kansas Avenue and is the only lumber supply business...

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