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Joseph Walters

Joseph Walters, the eldest son of Nicholas and Catherine Elizabeth Walters, was born December 4, 1857, on a farm one-half mile from Solon, Johnson County, IA., and died May 25, 1924 at his home near Diagonal at the age of 66 years, 5 months and 21 days. At the age of sixteen he moved with his parents to a farm in Ringgold County, Lincoln Township, where he remained until his marriage to Miss Sophronia Lininger on January 4, 1863.  They located on a nearby farm where their three sons, Ray, Charlie, and Homer were born and grew to manhood.  Just a little over four years ago they moved from this farm to their present home, two and one-half miles northwest of Diagonal.  He was preceded in death by his father, who departed this life July 7, 1907; two sisters, Mary at the age of twelve and Elizabeth at the age of six, and one brother, Charles William aged two.  he is survived by his mother, his wife, three sons, five grandchildren an six brothers and five sisters. The surviving brothers and sister are Anthony H., John Henry, Florence Redmond, Frank, Della Anderson, George R., Lewis A., Viola, Arthur A., Rosalee A. Evans, and Elva M.  He was baptized in childhood in the Catholic Church but had not attended for many years and became an attendant upon the Methodist Church.  He was a dutiful son, a patient and thoughtful husband, a devoted father, and a kind and helpful neighbor and friend. The last five weeks of his life were of the most painful suffering but he bore it all most patiently and often remarked that he would be ready to go.

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