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The Dallas City Review
Dallas City, Illinois
February 14, 1911
Page 1
Columns 2 & 3

Francis Marion Walker

Francis Marion Walker was born March 8th, 1842, at Quincy, Ill.  He departed from this life Feb. 8th, 1911, aged 69 years and 11 months.

He was of a family of seven children; of which two brothers and one sister survive him, namely, Tilson Walker of the state of Washington, James Walker of Nebraska, and Mrs. Elsie Gibbs of Idaho.  His parents died when he was quite young, and he had many of life's hard battles to fight alone.

In 1861 he enlisted in Co. I, 16th Illinois Regiment Volunteer Inft. and served his country faithfully and loyally until the close of the rebellion.  His cheerful disposition, which has always been one of his characteristics, endeared him to his comrades, so he was a great favorite during his army days.  He has been a member of the Grand Army of the Republic for a number of years and was always ready for his duties when his health would permit.

He was married Jan. 8th, 1868, to Miss Elizabeth Miller, and they lived a happy and prosperous life together.  The bereaved wife is left to mourn a kind and loving husband.  To them were born three children -- Harry who lives near Dallas City, Mary who lives at home, and Virgie who died when five years old.

He has been a great sufferer with rheumatism for about twenty-five years, but his patient endurance, kind heart and sunny disposition are well known to all of his friends, and his affliction only seemed to bind him closer and endear him more to those about him.

While he was not a member of any church, he was a firm believer in the Divine Ruler of the Universe and the doctrines of the Baptist church.  There being no church of that denomination near, he lived a consistent christian life without the aid of the church.

To know him was to feel a trust and confidence in him, and his friends and neighbors have all felt his kindly help and good influence, and his living in the world has helped those who knew him to live a better and happier life, and the world is better for his having been a part of it.  While we will sadly miss him, we will know that he is better off, and he will be an added tie to draw us nearer to the Life Eternal.

The funeral service was conducted from his late home on West Fourth street in this city, Friday, Feb. 10, 1911, at 11 o'clock a. m., conducted by Elder Frazee, who preached an eloquent sermon, and one which touched the heart of every old veteran present and was much appreciated by them, after which all that was earthly of Marion Walker was borne to its last resting place in the Dallas City cemetery.

The following members of the G. A. R. Post officiated as pallbearers: John Clover; Jacob O. Hull, John Robinson; Lee Shaw, Lewis Haigh and Philip SwigertMr. Robinson was a member of his company.


We wish to thank the many friends who so kindly assisted us during the last illness and after the demise of husband and father.
Mrs. Marion Walker
and Children