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|Myron Collamer Walters
August 26, 1820–February 15, 1909
|M. C. Walters, a pioneer in this part of the country, died at the home of his son, M(yron) B(artlet) Walters on Monday. Mr. Walters was the founder of Clay Mills and carried on the lumber business there for many years. He also was in the mercantile business and and had a grist mill. He was a prominent man in Clay township, for many years representing it on the board of supervisors. He was postmaster and one of the leaders in building the Free Will Baptist church, known as the Bethel church, from which his remains will be buried on Wednesday. Myron Collamer Walters was born in Herkimer county, New York, August 26, 1820. He was educated at Fairfield Academy. He married in his native county, Miss Maryette Hall, March 15th, 1843. In 1849 they removed to Geaugn county, Ohio, and lived there until the fall of 1852 when they emigrated to Iowa, and settled on a farm in Clay township, Jones county. He moved from the farm to Clay Mills in 1856. Their children were six, the oldest dying in infancy and the third, Emma A., died at Clay Mills, Aug 4th 1878. Those living are M. B. Walters of Onslow, Mrs. M. E. Shike of Greenfield and Mrs. Esther M. Carr of Alliance Nebraska. His wife died in 1879. He afterward married Mrs. Maria Harris, she dying in 1886. In 1888 he was married to Mary A. Newberry and he then resided in Herkimer county, New York, amoung the scenes of his early youth and manhood. His last wife died, December 20th, 1907, and he has since made his home with his son at at Onslow. He had held offices of trust in both township and county, and was respected and trusted by his friends. he gave his heart to God the 25th of December 1841, and from that time up to the time of his death, over 67 years, lived a consistant Christian life, striving always to advance the cause of Christ. He early joined the Free Baptist church, and at the time of his death was a member of that church in Poland, N.Y. He passed peacefully away at the home of his son February 15th 1909, surrounded by loving friends and relatives.
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