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lege. In 1851 he began the study of medicine,
under Dr. Parsons, of Mace, Indiana,
and in 1857 began the practice of his profession
where New Paris is now located. In
January, 1858, he opened an office in Williamson
county, Texas, where he is the oldest living
practitioner of the county. When he
came to this place there were only two dry
goods stores, owned by E. W. Tolbert and
Josiah Taylor, and one church, the Presbyterian,
which was also occupied by the
Baptist, Methodist and Christian. The
school house was also situated in one end of
the church, and was taught by well qualified
and good instructors for those days. Among
them were W. H. Henderson, Rev. R. M.
Overstreet, of the Presbyterian Church, and
Mr. McMurry. Mr. Walker served one term
as Alderman soon after the incorporation of
the city, but never aspired to public office.
He was married in 1869, to Miss Louisa
Wilbarger, a daughter of Mathias and Sarah
M. (Stewart) Wilbarger, natives of Virginia.
The father was reared in Bourbon county,
Kentucky, and the mother in Missouri. The
parents came to Texas in 1837, first settling
in Bastrop county, afterward in Travis
county, and in 1848 came to Williamson
county. In 1852, on account of the advantages
of the school, they came to Georgetown,
and the father died of smallpox in February,
1853, aged forty-six years, the disease having
been brought to the neighborhood by
negroes. The entire family, except the oldest
daughter, contracted the disease. The
mother died in December, 1883, aged sixtyseven
years. She was a member of the
Metliodist Church for many years. Mr. and
Mrs. Wilbarger had five children, viz.: Anna
Jane, deceased at the age of thirty years, was
the wife of A. S. Walker, of Austin; Louisa,
wife of our subject; Henry Clay, who mart

ried Miss Anna Harper; James M., who died
with the small-pox; and Mathias, deceased at
the age of two years. Henry Clay died in
March, 1885, at the age of forty years, leaving
three children: Sarah, George C., and
Anna M. Dr. Walker is a member of the
Blue Lodge, Chapter aid Commandery, also
of the I. 0. 0. F., of which he is Scribe of
the Chapter. Both as a practitioner and
Christian gentleman, Dr. Walker gives character
to the many good, honest, honorable,
worthy and true men of Georgetown.
Ik kI\ S. BROOKSHIRE, Sheriff of Williamson
county, was born in Wapello
county, Iowa, November 15, 1850, a
son of Jesse and Susan J. (Harrow) Brookshire,
the former a native of North Carolina,
and the latter of Montgomery county, Indiana.
The father was engaged in farming in
Iowa for sixteen years, and in 1859 came to
Williamson county, Texas. In 1869 he
located on a farm in Newton county, Missouri,
where he spent the remainder of his life,
dying in 1875. Both he and his wife were
prominent and devoted members of the Christian
Church for many years. The latter died
in 1856. There were the paren ts of several
children, most of whom are still living.
W. S. Brookshire, the subject of this
sketch, began business for himself by working
for wages, and later engaged in stockraising.
He has followed farming and stockraising
for the past fourteen years, and he
now owns 956 acres of land, 300 acres of
which is cultivated. On this land he can
raise anything grown in this latitude, but he
is principally engaged in raising cattle for
beef. Mr. Brookshire held the position of
Constable from 1869 to 1871, was County

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed July 31, 2015.