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William Walker

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The following information is located at:  http://digital.library.okstate.edu/Chronicles/v006/v006p089.html

At the time of Mr. Walker’s death he was Chief Clerk of the Quapaw Agency at Miami, and made his headquarters there. Yet he maintained his home at the old homestead six miles from Senaca, Mo., in Ottawa County, Okla. He was laid to rest in the old family burying ground near the home attended by hundreds of friends. He left two old brothers, Isaac and Thomas Walker who made their home with him. A sister also survives him, Mrs. Mathew Murdock, of Senaca, Mo.

Mr. Walker was 57 years old and had never married. He had been in the Indian service over twenty-five years. A  more loyal and true friend of the Indians never lived. Their interest were ever on his heart. He was never happier than when doing them some kindness or helping them over some of the problems that confronted them.

As a natural consequence there was no man in that part of the state who was more loved by the Indians and the people in general. As a demonstration of the esteem in which he was held, while he was in a hospital during his last illness many of the Indians went to see him, and were solicitous that every thing possible should be done to save his life. They wanted his physician to have a specialist in consultation. One was sent for. When the case was diagnosed, he said everything was being done that could be, and he was ready to return to St. Louis. One of the friends suggested that if he could stay longer he might find something could be done. He was told if he remained another day it would be very expensive, in fact he would have to charge a $1,000 fee. Immediately the man took out his check book and wrote the specialist a check for that amount.

All who knew Mr Walker were aware that he had spent the most of his income for years in a beneficent way He was in many ways an unusual man. Very versatile and talented. He could play the piano well and had a pleasing voice. He possessed literary ability, and had written an interesting book on “Tales of the Bark Lodges.” A book of poems under the name of Hen-Toh. The history and legends of the Indians especially of his tribe had always been of great interest to him. Being a great student of history he had surrounded himself with a splendid library. In his old home were many valuable old relics of his family which he loved to keep as they had been placed there by his mother and father. In his library hung a large picture of William Walker, Chief of the Wyandott Nation, the first Governor of Kansas Territory, who was his great uncle.

One of the priceless relics in the State Historical Society was placed there by him in 1924. It is a string of wampum from parts of the belts or tribal records of the Huron Wyandotte tribes of Indians, the first people whom the early French discoverers met when they sailed up the St. Lawrence River.

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