WALKER, JAMES RUTHERFORD, was born in Dauphin county, Pa., January 9, 1849; soil of James and Susan (Kuhn) Walker. Thomas Walker, his parental grandfather, was born in Scotland. He was a cabinet maker, but later in life was engaged in farming. He married Mary, widow of Thomas Rutherford, by whom he had four children; the only surviving one is Susan, wife of Moses Foley. Their deceased children are: Jacob S.; James; Eliza, died in November, 1894; she was the wife of William Follinger; Rutherford died in infancy. Jacob Kuhn, maternal grandfather of James R. Walker, was born in Lancaster county, and was a cabinet maker. For a number of years he kept hotel; in 1825 he was steward of the Dauphin county almshouse. Mr. Kuhn's wife was Susan Kunkel. Mr. and Mrs. Kuhn had ten children, but one of whom is living, Sarah, wife of Joseph Hoover, of Galesburg, Ill. The deceased children are: William, Jacob, Samuel, George, Mary, Catherine, Henrietta, Susan, and Ann. Mr. Kuhn had retired from active business, relinquishing farming, in which he had for some time been engaged, some years before his death, which occurred when he was seventy-six years old. They were members of the Lutheran church.
James Walker, Sr., was born in Dauphin county, Pa., October 9, 1814. He learned the trade of a millwright, and afterwards engaged in milling; in 1885 he abandoned the mill for the farm; after tilling the ground for three years he gave up all active business. At one time, in partnership with W. S. Rutherford, he had dealt in ice. The first wife of Mr. Walker was Miss Annie Riegel; they had two daughters: Mary, deceased, wife of Silas B. Rutherford; and Ann, second wife of Silas B. Rutherford. Mr. Walker was married, the second time, to Miss Kuhn, born in Dauphin county, May 31, 1825; daughter of Jacob and Susan (Kunkel) Kuhn. Their children are: Jacob K., married Sallie, daughter of Peter and Barbara Fiske; Alice L., wife of Thomas R. Walker, and James R. Mr. Walker filled various township offices, having served as school director, and also for many years as assessor. He was a Republican. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, and a trustee of his congregation. Mr. James Walker, Sr., died September 10, 1895, aged eighty-one years; his wife died September 28,1885; the remains of both are interred in the Paxton; cemetery.
James Rutherford Walker took the ordinary course of instruction in the public schools, and completed his school education in the Harrisburg Academy, under Prof. Jacob Seller. His academic course ended, he went into the mill with his father, who carefully instructed him in all branches of the milling business, which he has made his occupation up to the present time. Mr. Walker was married, in Swatara township, April 24, 1884, to Miss Sallie Jenkins, daughter of John and Elizabeth Peifer, born February 4, 1860. They have one son, James Boyd, born June 13, 1835. Mr. Walker is identified with the Republican party. His fraternity association is with the Knights of Malta. He and his family are members of the Paxtang Presbyterian church. Mrs. Walker's father, Mr. John Peifer, was born in Dauphin county, May. 31, 1836. He is a carpenter and is also engaged in farming. He resides near Paxtang street, and was married to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Christian Casslow. Mrs. Peifer died October 2, 1895. Mr. Peifer is prominent and active in township affairs. He was elected to the office of school director, in which he served many years with credit and usefulness. He has also, for a number of years, been judge of elections.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 28 August 2001
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