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Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

WALKER, JAMES K (1847-1921)

Watsonville Pajaronian (November 12, 1921)

Passing of Another Watsonville Pioneer

Headstone of James K Walker
James K. Walker
Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville

James Knox Walker, another of Watsonville's old pioneers passed away at his home 64 Kearney street shortly before two o'clock yesterday morning after a lingering illness. Heart failure was the immediate cause of death.

The deceased was born in Carlyle Pennsylvania, July 10, 1847, and was 74 years, 4 months and 1 day old at the time of his demise. He had been a constant resident of Watsonville for 38 years.

Mr. Walker enlisted in the civil war as a bugle boy in Company G, Fifth regiment, U.S. Cavalry, on September 18, 1860, and served five years; being scarcely 14 years old at the time of his enlistment. He was married to Miss Lennie Gleason at Junction City, Kansas in 1876, and in 1884 they came to Watsonville, and Mr. Walker secured employment with the Spreckles company for whom he worked as section foreman on the Narrow Gauge railroad.

He was the father of nine children, six of whom survive him; they are Mrs. Charles Peckham of San Francisco; Mrs. Hattie Warren of Oakland; Mrs. Laura Perry of Monterey; Albert Walker of Santa Cruz; Arthur Walker, of this city and Harry Walker of Honolulu. Besides his wife, Mrs. Lennie Walker, he is also survived by one sister, Mrs. A.M. Buckhart of Watsonville, and one brother, Francis Walker, of Carlyle, Pennsylvania.

The funeral will take place from the Burland Bros.' undertaking parlors tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic, of which organization he was proud to be a member. The pallbearers will be William, Richard, Harry and Norman Buckhart, George Jensen and Austin Morris. Interment will be at Odd Fellows cemetery.

In the passing of "Jim" Walker, the community loses a fine citizen- a good man in every sense of that appellation. He took the Pajaronian ever since he came here, and his monthly visits to pay his subscription were "events"- he was always so cheery and optimistic. We shall miss him greatly, as we like and respected him highly. To his sorrowing relatives we extend our deep sympathy.

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