Obituary (researched) by Faye V Bell

SLC, UT 2012



            Fred H Walker was born to Thomas B and India L Walker in Iowa in 1877.  His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Iowa (1880 Federal census) and the family lived in Marshalltown, Marshall, IA.  A sibling named Maude who was three     years older than Fred is listed with them.  In 1900 the Walkers with a daughter Anna (b 1881) lived in Atkinson, Holt, NE.  The 1900 census shows Fred born in July (21 years old then).  In 1910 Fred Walker (31) was still single, but in 1920 he had a wife named Mabel S Walker and the couple live in Washakie County, Election District #3, Ten Sleep.  By 1930 Fred is shown on the census as a wool stomper and a boarder a private home.   Mabel Walker is not present.   It is interesting to note here that he boarded with Rufus and Arden Egger in Worland, WY and that in Marshalltown, IA, there were Eggers living there for a number of years.


            MEMORIES:  Fred Walker was a very large man—heavy boned and physically powerful.  His residence in Ten Sleep was a lonely one living in a cabin down by the convergence of the Nowood and the Ten Sleep creeks on the once-owned property of Roy Sweet.  That he stomped wool for the sheepmen and sheep shearers in the 30s and 40s was a well- accepted fact.  He lived alone, and it isn’t definite that anyone knew about Mabel.  By way of explanation, a wool stomper stands inside the giant wool gunny sacks (probably 8 ft by 3 ft) and as the wool from the shearer’s blade is freed, it is tossed to the sack and the stomper makes it solid by tromping all the air out of the wool.  It is hard work and requires a lot of strength to fill the huge and heavy sacks.  The wool stomper would be employed during shearing season and follow the shearing crew from one sheep holding to another.  Ordinarily, the season lasts about 2 months altogether making allowances for wet weather.  A wool stomper had to find other means to provide for the remainder of the year—hiring out to farmers and ranchers on an irregular basis, providing handywork for the townspeople, etc.   Fred Walker lived meagerly, it would appear.


            Frederick H Walker died in 1943 leaving no posterity and no ‘ill will’ in the community—a private man with a private lifestyle.


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