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Charles J. Walker, whose home and farm are in Union Township l 1/2 miles east of Auburn, is a member of an old and prominent family in DeKalb County.

His grandfather, John R. Walker, was born in Yorktown, Pennsylvania, in 1808, and married Catherine Frumrine. In 1835 he moved to Columbiana County, Ohio, and in 1844 came to DeKalb County and bought 160 acres in section 35 of Smithfield Township. He cleared most of the timber from the land and in 1860 bought another quarter section.

George K. Walker, a son of this pioneer, was born in Indiana, in Smithfield Township, and married Anna Ashelman. She was a daughter of John W. Ashelman, who became one of the largest land owners in DeKalb County. George K. Walker and wife were married in DeKalb County and are now living at Waterloo, Indiana. They are members of the United Brethren Church and the father is a democrat in politics. There are four children: John, of Grant Township; Alice, wife of Charles O. Spear; William, of Smithfield Township; and Charles J.

Charles J. Walker, who was born on a farm in Smithfield Township December 3, 1880, was educated there in the district schools and is a graduate of the Waterloo High School. For ten years he has been a prosperous farmer and a breeder of Holstein cattle. He is a democrat and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. December 24, 1912, he married Mary Funk. She was born in Allen County, Indiana.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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