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Walts - Edgar

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 (1913) p 747

Edgar WALTS An editor of marked enterprise, who has made himself widely known through his well conducted paper, the New Richmond Record, is Edgar Walts, his paper being devoted to the interests of New Richmond and Montgomery County and is an important factor in the upbuilding of the locality which it reaches. Mr. Walts was born on April 18, 1867 near Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana in the same house in which his father was born. He is a son of Samuel W. and Elizabeth NANCY Walts. The date of the father's birth was Oct 9, 1832 and he is still living, making his home in New Albany, his native county. The mother of our subject was born in Floyd County, this state, in 1840 and her death occurred March 18, 1872. Samuel W. Walts is now advanced in years, but he devoted his active life to farming and as a public servant, having held a number of important offices as a Democrat. He went to Florida about 1880 and devoted himself to raising oranges, and has ever since spent the winters there, the summers in New Albany. He has been very successful in a business way and is enjoying his declining years in the midst of plenty and he is well known and highly respected throughout his native county. His family consisted of 5 children, 4 of whom are living: Wallace S, the eldest; Lawrence, deceased; Edgar of this review; Wilbur A was next and Samuel W, the youngest. Edgar Walts was educated in the schools near Lanesville Floyd County, Indiana, later taking the academy course at Salem, this state. On November 25, 1897 he was united in marriage to Rose L. BEAVER HOLMES who was born July 22, 1871 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and she received a good common school education. She is a daughter of David and Matilda GROVE Beaver. Mrs. Walts had been previously married to a Mr. Holmes. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Walts: Clyde Edgar Walts, who is living at home. Mr. Walts was born and reared on the farm. When 5 he went to live with an aunt with whom he remained until he was 15. Later he began life for himself by engaging in farming. He subsequently went to Florida where he spent 5 years, engaged as a bookkeeper at DeLand, with the exception of one year when he worked in the orange groves. Returning to Indiana in 1894 he took up newspaper work with his brother, in White County where he remained until 1896 when he established the New Richmond Record in Montgomery County and our subject is now owner and manager of the same. He has built up an influential and popular paper which had a great circulation and it is a molder of public opinion and a valuable advertising medium. Its columns are well filled with the best and latest news of locality and county, properly set forth. Mr. Walts is a Democrat politically. He belongs to the Knights of Pythias at New Richmond, Henry Clay Lodge No. 288. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. - typed by kbz

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