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John F. Walker


John F. Walker, late of the general mercantile firm of Walker Bros., Crosstown, Mo., was born in 1856. His father, William H. Walker, was a North Carolinian by birth and a farmer by occupation.

He was born in 1838 and while yet a young man came to Missouri and located in Perry County. He married Emily E. Delapp, who was born in Cape Girardeau County in 1828. They were the parents of nine children, six of whom are living. They are Enos L., Susan E. (wife of J. A. Cook), Mary M. (wife of Americus Dixson), Thomas O. and John F.

John F. received a common school education, and at the age of sixteen years began his mercantile career as a clerk. After working several years in that capacity he began business at Brazeau as a member of the firm of E. & J. Walker. After three years the store was removed to Grand Eddy, and there the firm continued to do business until 1881, when they sold out the stock.

In 1883, John F. engaged in the general mercantile business in partnership with a younger brother where he did his share in building up an excellent trade. In politics he is a Republican and is one of the rising young men of Perry County.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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