Ferdinand B. Walther

Obituary (Rockville Tribune) 7/17/1930

Ferdinand B. Walther, born of German stock at Munster, Westphalen, Germany, 1857, November 3rd, died at an Indianapolis hospital, July 15, 1930, after a few brief hours of illness.

The scanning of the history of this placid miller reveals nothing that approaches the heroic, because Ferdinand slowly, surely, worked out the portion of the Divine Plan that he was to direct. His was the nature that was content with the plainer life, choosing industry rather than luxury.

His parents in 1861 left their mother-land and moved to the United States, finally settling in Missouri. According to the custom of those days, Ferdinand was bound out to a reliable miller who taught the apprentice all the secrets of the craft in the five years following. At Hematite, Missouri, in 1881, he married Louisa C. Null, who bore him two sons, Dr. Joseph Edward of Rushville, and Cornelius B. of Marshall. The remainder of his life Ferdinand moved about the United States operating mills, until a few months ago when he finally ceased active work and took up his abode in Marshall.

He was the eldest of a family of eight: Ferdinand B. Walther, Marshall; John, Richmond, Missouri; Herman, Des Moines, Iowa; Joseph, (deceased;) Edward, Davenport, Iowa; Theodore, (deceased;) Rudolph, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Annie Mason, St. Louis, Missouri, and Albert, De Soto, Missouri. He is survived by his brothers, sister, sons and their families, and his wife.

He had been a member of both the Christian church and Masonic order for many years.