Marion F. Walters

    Marion F. Walters of Sullivan County, Indiana, is a native of Jefferson Township, this County, born August 29, 1876, son of Francis M. and Eveline (Mason) Walters. the paternal grandfather, who was born in Kentucky, died when Marion F. Walters father was but two years of age. The widow then married T. Isebell, of Sullivan County. Francis M. Walters was born in Sullivan County, Indiana, in 1843, on the 18th day of November, and died July 21, 1887. His wife was born in Sullivan County in 1852, and is living in Jefferson Township. She was married to John K. Pirtle, after the death of Mr. Walters, and had no issue by her last marriage. By her first marriage she is the mother of three children:

    Francis M. Walters always followed farming and kindred pursuits. He was a self made man and in his timer performed much hard labor in clearing up and improving his farm lands, which he brought to a high state of cultivation, owning at his death two hundred and four acres. Politically he was a Republican. Both he and his estimable wife were exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

    Marion F. Walters, son of Francis M., received his early education in the district schools of his native county, remaining at home until twenty years of age, when he started farming on his own account in Jefferson Township, where he continued to till the soil nine years. He inherited eighty acres and to this he added twenty-five acres more. AT the expiration of the nine year period on this place he sold out and moved to Sullivan. This was in 1895, and he began clerking in a hardware store, which after six months he was compelled to abandon on account of his health, and then took up carpentering, which he followed a short time. Upon coming to Sullivan County, Mr. Walters built a house here, but early in 1909 he traded his town house for a large farm. In the political race for Sheriff of Sullivan County, Mr. Walters was elected November 6, 1906, and took the office January 1, 1907. Being a Republican, he was elected upon this ticket and was the second Republican Sheriff ever elected in the county. He won his office by a majority of three hundred, thus showing his popularity as a good citizen and competent man. The other time a sheriff was elected on the Republican ticket was in 1872. In 1908 Mr. Walters was defeated for re-election by a small majority.

    Mr. Walters was united in marriage, July 14, 1895, to Bertha Carty, born in Kentucky July 1, 1877, daughter of Augustus Carty and wife. They came to Indiana in the winter of 1878 and located in Hamilton Township, Sullivan County, but now reside in Cass Township. Mrs. Walters was educated in the Sullivan High School. The children born of this union are as follows:

    Mr. and Mrs. Walters are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Walters is a member of the subordinate and encampment degrees of the I. O. O. F.

Source: A History of Sullivan County, Indiana. Closing of the first century’s history of the county and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth. Thomas J. Wolfe, Editor. The Lewis Publishing Company, 1909, page 386-387.