William Walker (1836)

Iron County Record, March 21, 1919

William Walker

Yesterday afternoon at 4 PM at his home in this city, death relieved William Walker, a pioneer and respected citizen of this place from a long and trying bed of suffering from cancer, which attacked him some three years ago.

William Walker was a conspicuous figure in this locality for many years during the early settlement and development of this part of Utah.

Born in Sheffield, England, on Feb. 22, 1836, he emigrated to America in his early teens, crossing the ocean in the ship Zetland, and landing in St. Louis. With his parents he made his way to the Salt Lake Valley, and was a member of the first pioneer company to this county, settling first at Parowan and then accompanying the first company of pioneers to this valley, where he has since resided.

As a young man he was noted for his athletic attainments, being a foot racer, jumper, and bronco rider.

He made a number of trips into Southern California over the old Mormon Trail to San Diego, while Los Angeles was still little more than a village, for supplies, and was one of the first residents of this place to own and drive horse teams. He was also the first man in Cedar City to own and operate a mowing machine here.

He was married to Janet Corry on Christmas Day, 1862, and nine children were the issue of the union, seven sons and two daughters. Mrs. Walker died on the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding, or their golden wedding anniversary. The children are: Wm. V. Walker, George H. Walker, and Joshua Walker of this place; James and Ernest Walker of Nevada, Mrs. Will Macfarlane of this place; and Edwin Walker and Mrs. Peter B. Fife who have preceded their father to the other world.

William Walker was one of the sturdy old veterans who took a live part in the subduing of this once forbidding spot, and helped to make it a desirable place to live. He was a home man and never took much stock in politics or religious activities, though he was a sincere and consistent member of the Latter-day Saint church.

During his last illness, by reason of the nature of his disease, he has been a great sufferer, but has been wonderfully patient and resigned through it all.

According to present plans, the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. His two sons are expected from Nevada and his grandson Ernest Fife, from Garfield County. Interment will be made in the local cemetery.

submitted by Kathie Marynik