Marvin is the older boy in the photo Photo- Courtesy Ron Bos
From Ron Bos—Here is a bit of a mystery:
In 2002 I bought a property at Kilmarnock. While doing renovations, I discovered a grave marker type of stone buried under rubble under the porch with “Martin A. Walker 1908-1930″ engraved in the marble. It’s about 2’ x 1’ x 4” thick. For 16 years I couldn’t figure out who Martin (Marvin) Walker was.
Through research by my good friends Holly and Garth Dixon this past week, we have determined that the stone belongs to Marvin Arnold Walker 1908-1930. Marvin was born in Temiskaming Ontario in 1908 to Anson S. Walker and Ethel Elbott Walker. He had two sisters and three brothers, Hazel, Julie, John, Howard and Cecil. The family settled on Con 9 in Balderson where Anson Walker was listed as a cheese maker in the 1921 census. They were Methodist.
On January 7th 1931 Marvin Walker died in a mining accident in Kirkland Lake. He was originally buried in Lombardy, but is now buried at Hillcrest cemetery in Smiths Falls.
The mystery is, what is the connection to Kilmarnock? In the time frame Marvin lived, my property was owned by Albert Newsome and Margaret Muir Newsome. They had a daughter named Elizabeth Newsome who married Robert Shields, and a ward named Flora Sweetin who never married. Both girls were 20+ years Marvin’s senior in the year of his death. The house was left to Elizabeth & Flora on Albert Newsome’s death in 1930.
I’m hoping there are surviving family members that may shed light on the mystery.
The Sons of Anson & Ethel Walker
1921–Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada–Left to right: Howard, Cecil, Marvin, John
Other Rob Bos Mystery
Can anyone tell me what this is ?
It appears to be a dairy product stamp. It’s 7” wide, 1/4” thick and feels like it is made of lead.
Answer- We found these were cheese stampers that they used to stamp the cheese rounds with. Keep them coming Ron!!
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