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Memorable Manitobans: John Irvine [Irving] Walker (1876-1945)

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Born in Ontario on 5 September 1876, he graduated from Manitoba College (BA, 1907) and married Alberta Louisa Wahn (1888-?) at Gretna on 18 August 1909. The couple had four children: Margaret Louisa Walker (1910-?), Donald Irvine Walker (1911-?), Kelvin Walker, and Gladys Walker. He worked as the Minister of Riverview Presbyterian Church (1907-1916) after which he took the helm of the McGregor Union Church, followed by Deloraine. He moved to the United States, first working at a church in Iowa, then at one in Kansas City, Missouri. He later moved to Melbourne, Florida where he resided for a few years before dying there on 28 September 1945.

Sources:

1901 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Graduates in theology at Manitoba College,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 April 1907, page 7.

“Walker to farewell to Riverview Church,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 July 1916, page 25.

“Riverview Church to open Sunday,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 December 1925, page 29.

“Rev. J. I. Walker, former minister, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1945, page 3.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 March 2015

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