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Walter - James P.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, pp 442-443

JAMES P. WALTER has been engaged in business in Crawfordsville, Ind., for the past eighteen years and has thoroughly established himself in the public mind as a good citizen and business man. He is an extensive dealer in horses and mules and has few equals as a judge of horseflesh. His fine barn, built by himself, has a frontage of fifty-two and a half feet on Pike street, is one hundred and sixty-five feet deep and two stories high. The structure is of brick and is thoroughly substantial. For many years past Mr. Walter has been engaged in buying and selling business, coach and draft animals. His purchases are largely made at points in Illinois and Iowa and at once shipped to this city where they are sorted and reshipped to all points east and south. About one-half the sales are made at home, and Mr. Walter has made money in the business, as he ought to do, for he conducts it in an honorable manner, paving the highest market price for the stock that he buys. His business amounts to about $35,000 per year, all told. For the past ten years Mr. Walter has been interested in the lumber trade, his yards being located on College street at Monon Bridge. He deals largely in hardwood and supplies local dealers extensively. Altogether, his business enterprise and ability place him in the front rank as one of the city's reliable business men. He is upright and honest, in all his dealings-precisely the sort of a man needed in a growing city. Crawfordsville recognized this fact, and in 1890 elected him as Councilman for the First Ward on the Democratic ticket. At present he is Chairman of the Committee of Ordinances. He fills his position well and realizes the expectation of his constituents while commanding the respect of all. He is a popular and conservative member of the Council, but has taken a decided stand on the side of the Mayor in placing the late improvements in the city. With all his municipal and business interests at home, Mr. Walter still finds time for considerable attention to the addition to Marion, Ind., which is being pushed by a Crawfordsville syndicate. In short, he is ready to give a helping hand to every plan for the advancement of his chosen city and to every enterprise which he undertakes, provided his judgment sanctions the same. Mr. Walter was born five miles west of Crawfordsville, in Wayne Township, on the Covington road, and is a son of Henry and Susan (Dixon) Walter, who are still living on the old homestead. The pleasant home of Mr. Walter, which is situated at No. 200 Pike street, is presided over by his amiable wife, to whom he was married November 27, 1882. She was formerly Miss Annie Harter, daughter of Daniel Harter, and by her marriage has become the mother of two children- Harter and Mary. - typed by kbz

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