Honorable Laken D. Walker
Buried at the Masonic Cemetery on Carter & South Henry Street, the Honorable Laken D. Walker was the son of Laken D. Walker Sr. and Elizabeth (nee Murphy) Walker. His mother Elizabeth was the daughter of Rev. William & Rachel Murphy. Laken Jr. married Susan C. Meyers on January 18, 1869.
Hon. Laken Dubart Walker (deceased) was born in St. Francois County, Mo., in 1833, on the farm where he passed his entire life. He was a son of Laken D. and Elizabeth (Murphy) Walker. The father, who was born in 1779 in North Carolina, a blacksmith by trade, came to St. Francois County in 1803 and in 1805 married Miss Murphy. Her father was the third man who lived within the boundaries of St. Francois County. Mr. Walker settled on the farm now owned by Mrs. Walker and received it as a Spanish grant. The place comprises 125 acres, and is situated one mile south of Farmington.
Mr. Laken D. Walker, Sr., was the first sheriff of St. Francois County, and was at one time assessor of the county. He died in 1833. His wife was born in 1788 in Tennessee and came to St. Francois County, Mo., with her father, William Murphy, in 1796. She died in 1868. She was the mother of sixteen children, all of whom lived to be grown except one, and three are now living. Laken D. Walker attained his majority on the farm, and secured his education in the schools of Farmington. He was only thirteen years old when his father died, and, the support of the family largely depending upon him, thus deprived him of school privileges.
January 18, 1869, he married Miss Susan C. Myers, daughter of Charles and Mary Myers. Mrs. Walker was born in St. Francois County, Mo., April 7, 1841, and the fruit of her marriage was four children: Maud E. (deceased), Kate E. (deceased), Susie (deceased) and Laken D. Mr. Walker became owner of the home place about 1866, and was from his youth up very prominent in the community. Before marriage he was assessor of his native county and in 1870 he was elected sheriff and collector, being re-elected in 1872. In 1876 he was elected to the twenty-ninth General Assembly and two years later was re-elected but declined to serve longer.
For years Mr. L. D. Walker was one of the leading members of the Democratic party in St. Francois County, and commanded the highest esteem and respect of his constituents and even of those who were opposed to him politically. He was a man of irreproachable character and an excellent citizen. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., also a member of the K. of H., and was a liberal supporter of all laudable enterprises. His death, which occurred June 11, 1887, was a great loss to his family and to the entire community. His widow, who yet remains on the home place, is an estimable lady and a member of the Presbyterian Church.
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