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Below is a family biography included in the book, Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published by Chapman Publishing Company in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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F. M. WALTERS, A. B., is Professor of Physical Sciences in Warrensburg Normal, having held this position for the last three years. He takes great interest in educational matters, and holds them paramount to politics, consequently always votes with the party which has the most liberal and progressive measures relating to the cause of education.

The Walters family from whom our subject descended is of German origin, while on the maternal side he is of Swiss descent. His parents were F. M., Sr., and Mary (Wiseman) Walters, both natives of Indiana, the former of whom died with the measles when his namesake was a mere child. F. M. Walters, Jr., was born in Switzerland County, Ind., August 30, 1862, and passed his boyhood on a farm. As his parents were quite poor, he was obliged to earn his own livelihood as soon as possible, but managed to attend school during the winters. When about eighteen years of age he entered the high school at Vevay, Ind., and was graduated from that institution in 1884. In addition to carrying on his studies, during the last year of his school work he also engaged in teaching to some extent. After four years of study in the State University at Bloomington, Ind., he graduated with honors in the spring of 1887. Shortly after his graduation, June 22, 1887, Mr. Walters was married to Miss Jennie E. Harning, who was brought up near Logansport, Ind. She had taught for a number of years, and met Mr. Walters while a student in the State University. Since their marriage she has also engaged in teaching, as she enjoys the work, and was very successful while connected with the State Normal at Terre Haute, Ind. Of the Professor’s three children, two died in infancy, and the only one remaining is Frank M., who was born in Monticello, Ind., April 25, 1888.

In the fall of 1887 Mr. Walters became Principal of the Monticello public schools and was afterward placed in charge of the chair of natural sciences in a college in LaPorte, Ind., where he taught for four years. On his graduation from Bloomington University he was given the degree of Bachelor of Arts, and while at LaPorte completed the post-graduate studies and had conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Johnson County, Missouri portion of the book,  Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis County Missouri published in 1895 by Chapman Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Johnson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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