Pages 249-250, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WALTER A. KERR, of Elm township, one of the energetic and substantial young farmers of his community and a son of our worthy countryman, Obed Kerr, was born in Pennsylvania October 9, 1869. He came into Allen county at the age of nine years and has been reared and fairly educated here. His life has been that of a farmer and stockman and he remained under the parental roof till near his twenty-ninth year. He was married May 13, 1898, to Miss Alice Brookins, a daughter of Prof. W. E. Brookins, one of the effective educators of Kansas, now located at Blue Mound. The latter was born in New York, is married to Libbie Gay, and Fred Brookins and Mrs. Kerr are his two children.

Mr. and Mrs. Kerr's only child is Bessie V. Kerr born May 1, 1899.

Mr. Kerr manages the east half of section 3, township 25, range 19


one half of which he owns, and he is gradually and surely coming to be one of the successful cattle growers and dealers of Elm township. He takes a citizen's interest in the management of public affairs, and while he has no inclination toward politics he keeps abreast of current events and manifests a keen concern for the success of Republican principles at the poles.

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