This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.
This column's focus is on Walters. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).
There are no books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that apparently deal in part with the Walters family.
There are 11 first-name entries for Walters in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there are several mentions of the name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with four persons having full-length biographical profiles: Thomas Walter (b. 1841, s/o Abraham and Christina Eyer); Alfred Walter (b. 1850, s/o Isaac and Lucinda Reninger); Thomas Walter (b. 1850, s/o George and Leah Betts); and, Valentine Walter (b. 1834, s/o David H. and Catherine Philips).
And, now, your ancestors' Walters neighbors in 1890:
Adam H. Walter, 38, carbuilder--202 S. Allegheny
BOGGS Township:John, 71, gardener--Milesburg Susan Mary Rebecca--Milesburg
COLLEGE Township:Daniel, 21, laborer--Houserville Henry, 41, farmer--Lemont Eliza J. James C. 29 William Mary Irena Henry 8 Robert 8 Jerry, 34, farmer--Oak Hall Lucy William 13 Elizabeth John W. 8 Daniel 6 Carrie E. Charlotte B.
HAINES Township:Sarah--Woodward Sadie D. William C. 23 Eugene T.
MILLHEIM Borough:Alfred Walter, cashier, Millheim Banking Company Juniata A.
PENN Township:Isaiah Walter, 35, laborer--Coburn
PHILIPSBURG Borough:John W. Walter, 42, hostler--3rd St.
POTTER Township:Amos, 54, laborer--Potters Mills Mary L. Calvin W. 20 Cora D. George, 84, laborer--Potters Mills John, 25, farmer--Potters Mills Emma Oscar, 26, lumberman--Potters Mills Mary Orvis 7 mos.
SPRING Township:Stewart, 19, chain maker--Bellefonte
WALKER Township:Philip Walter, 73--Nittany Elizabeth Agnes A. Moses, 36, farmer--Nittany Sevilla Charles O. 11 Emma E. Edward J. 8 Wilbert 5 Mabel B. Mary