Alexander County

Biography - Harry Walker

HARRY WALKER. Alderman in the First Ward, Cairo, Ill., was born on the 3d of November, 1842, in Clinton County, Ill. His parents, Herman and Annie Walker, were natives of Prussia, from where they came to the city of New Orleans. They were married in Prussia, and two children were born to them before coming to the United States, Mary and George Walker, the former a resident of Indiana, and the latter an extensive stock dealer in Kansas. Coming to the United States in 1840, they located for a short time in New Orleans, soon removed to St. Louis, and thence to Hanover, Clinton County, Ill.; there they died about the same time, having had four children born in this country, Harry being the first; he left home at the age of thirteen years, and for a time made his home in St. Louis, where he attended the Jones College. In August, 1862, he came to Cairo, Ill., and has made it his permanent residence since. He has been employed much of the time as a salesman in different business houses of Cairo, and in 1868 he formed a partnership with a Mr. Sisson, in the hotel business, under the firm name of Walker & Sisson. In 1871, they were burned out, sustaining a loss of several thousand dollars. Since 1879, he has been conducting a house of amusement, known as the Theater Comique, in his own building, fronting on Commercial avenue and Fifth street. He was married in Cairo, in 1865, to Miss Maggie O'Connel, a sister of John W. O'Connel, of St. Louis. She was born in Ireland in 1845, and came to the United States when a child. They have four children, viz.: Maggie, Harry, Allie and Nettie Walker. Mr. Walker is independent in politics, a member of the K. G. R., the K. C. C, and of the fire department.

Extracted 31 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, page 48.

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