THE ADVANCE REPORTER
M.J. (Tug) Walker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Walker, was born October
7, 1891, in Cauthron Township in Logan County, where he grew up. He
attended a country school and at the age of 15 began working in his
father's blacksmith shop where he learned the trade.
On July 9, 1911, he and Miss Louise Holland were united in marriage
by a Justice of [the] Peace, Mr. Clat Wooten of Ione. Mr. and Mrs. Walker
have 6 children, 3 daughters, Mrs. Julia Chilton and Mrs. Grace Organ,
both of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Mrs. Ruth Wilson of Wichita Falls, Texas, 3
sons, Coleman and Gilbert both of Fort Smith and Tillman of North Little
Rock. They have 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Mr. Walker has spent only 3 nights away from his home in his life
and Tulsa, Oklahoma is the fartherest away he has ever been from his
Before we had funeral homes, Mr. Walker and his parents worked
making caskets and after he married, his wife helped her mother-in-law
trim the caskets. They carded bats out of cotton to line the caskets and
make the pillows. They used black trim for older folks and white for
Mr. and Mrs. Walker have lived in their present home located 2 1/2
miles north of Waldron on Highway 71 for 27 years.
Mr. Walker, who is loved and admired by all who know him, has over
the years shod horses and repaired plows for practically everyone in
Scott and Logan Counties. At one time he had a grist mill at his
blacksmith shop and ground meal for farmers far and near. He had 85
customers at Ione and back when highway 71 was being built using horses
people would come at night and he would work shoeing their horses by the
lights of a truck at a price of $1.25 to $2.50 a head with him doing the
work and furnishing the shoes. Many a time he would cut and weld 16
wagon wheels and put them on the wagons in a day, sometimes being assisted
by his wife, who has always been at her husbands side when needed.
Thursday, May 11, 1967
M.J. "TUG" WALKER
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