From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 300-301, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Columbus T. Walker, of Virginia precinct, is a native of
Fauquier county, Virginia, born May 12, 1838. His parents were Solomon
and Emma (Wilkins) Walker. Both were natives of Virginia, father born
in 1804, and the mother four years later. They removed to Cass county,
Illinois, in 1855, and located on a farm near Virginia; here they both
died, the mother in 1881, and the father in 1890. They had nine
children: William W., Darius N., Peter L., Columbus T., Mary F.,
Churchill A., David T., Jennie E. and James T.
Columbus T. was nineteen years old when he came to this county,
and has resided here ever since. He attended the schools in this
precinct after arriving in the county. He first learned the tanner
trade, and also learned to be a leather dresser, but did not follow the
business after leaving Virginia. He has been a farmer all his life. He
has a farm of 100 acres, on which he has excellent improvements. He is
a Republican in politics, although all his brothers are Democrats. He
has held all the township offices, and has been School Director for
fifteen years, also Road Commissioner and Judge of Election, etc. He is
a member of the Presbyterian Church, of which he is a Deacon, having
held that office for twenty years. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and
has been since 1859, and now is a Past Grand of Saxon Lodge, No. 68.
He was married in Cass county, February 8, 1866, to Emma J.
Angier, a native of Cass county, born October 10, 1846. Her parents
were Addison G. and Annie E. (Wilson) Angier of Ohio. They were among
the earliest settlers in Cass county: mother is still living in that
county, but father died April 7, 1890.
Mrs. Walker died March 16, 1889, leaving seven children. She was
aged forty-two at her death. The children are: Ella G., born December,
1865, married Edward Tink, and died in 1892, leaving two children;
Edward A., born in December, 1868, married and resides in Kansas City;
Hattie M., born May, 1871, married Charles Etchison, and resides in
Virginia precinct; Louie F., born August, 1875; Charles H., born April,
1878; George R., born April, 1881, and Dollie, born March, 1884. He
married for his second wife, Mrs. Leona Walker. She was a native of
Cass county, and the daughter of George and Permelia (Freeman) Arenat.
Mrs. Walker is a member of the Christian Church.
Mr. Walker is a man of representative type, - a distinction
among his fellows attained by his honest, straightforward business
methods and fine social qualities. His successes in life justly merit
for him the approbation of business associates and competitors, and
from the same source he receives warm sympathy for the late reverses
which in a degree have temporarily checked his usual flourishing