Excerpt from “History of the North Country”
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932
Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady
The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon. This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies. As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online.
Frank T. Walker –
Frank T. Walker, well known florist and gardener, is a substantial citizen of Massena. He is a native of St. Lawrence County, born at Richville, July 6, 1865, the son of Isaac and Emmeline (Spencer) Walker.
Isaac Walker was a native of Massachusetts and his wife was born in Connecticut. As a boy he came to St. Lawrence County, where he lived during the remainder of his life. He became a farmer and was also interested in the manufacture of cheese. He was a member of the Canton Board of Trade. Mr. Walker was a Republican and a member of the Congregational Church. He died March 26, 1912, and his wife died Oct. 4, 1881. Both are buried at Richville. Their children were: 1. Ruth, the widow of Frank Beaman, lives at Richville. 2. William, who died in Montana, in 1922. 3. John Henry, lives at Antwerp. 4. Frank T., the subject of this sketch. 5. Fred, who died in 1921. 6. Anna, married Ford Smith, lives at Richville. 7. George Washington, who died in 1918. 8. Minetta Johnson, lives at Richville. 9. Carrie Armstrong, who died in 1915. 10. Spencer, who died in infancy. 11. Clarence, lives at Richville. 12. Earl, lives at Richville.
Frank T. Walker spent his boyhood at Richville and attended the public schools. For a time he was employed on the Rome-Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad, and later the New England Railroad. He came to Massena in 1897 and ten years later became interested in the florist business. He is also well known as a truck gardener and specializes in the raising of fine vegetables.
On March 2, 1897, Mr. Walker married Miss Hattie Clemons, of Massena, the daughter of Alexander and Martha (Payne) Clemons, natives of Ireland and New York, respectively. To Mr. and Mrs. Walker were born five daughters: 1. Muriel, a graduate of Oswego State Normal School, now a teacher in the public schools of Detroit. 2. Marian A., born in 1900, a graduate of Rochester Hospital School for Nurses. She married James Penn, and has a son, Franklin Walker, born in 1931. 3. Lillian, born in 1902, a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School. She married Fred Castle. 4. Helen, born in 1905, attended St. Lawrence University, and is a graduate of Potsdam State Normal School. She is a teacher at Massena and lives at home. 5. Annabel, born in 1907, died in infancy.
Mr. Walker is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Independent Order of Foresters and Modern Woodmen of America. His wife is a member of the Order of the Easter Star.
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