Eugene A. Walters 1848 -1919 grew up on the home farm near Walworth. He attended the common schools and Milton College. He began his business career by farming, which he followed some time.
In 1878 he invented a patent hay carrier and spent four or five years in manufacturing and selling it, then took up farming again, and also followed threshing, having continued in this line for a period of forty years, threshing every year, except one. In 1882 he moved into the village of Walworth, where he was in the hay carrier business and here he has since resided. He had a pleasant home and was also the owner of eighty acres of land in Minnesota. His wife owned a valuable farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Walworth township.
Mr. Walters was married in 1871 to Elizabeth Emma Swinney, daughter of Ephraim and Mary Ann (Ayars) Swinney. She was born at Shiloh, Cumberland county, New Jersey, and in 1852 she came with her parents to Walworth county, Wisconsin. However, they first located near Henry, Illinois, coming to Walworth six months later, and bought a farm one and one fourth miles west of the village and there established the family home. Mrs. Walters had two sisters who died in infancy, and a brother, Edwin, who lived at Walworth until his death in 1891. She has one brother living, Joseph, of Yoncalla, Oregon. Mr. Swinney was township chairman several years. His death occurred on May 12, 1882, and his widow died in 1901.
Five children were born to Eugene A. Walters and wife, of whom, Wilbur died when eighteen months old; Harold Eugene, who married Stella Maxson, was a promoter of the local telephone company, continuing the telephone business until he was killed by an electric light wire in September, 1909. He left two children, Eleanore and Harold.
Eugene and his wife were faithful members of the Seventh-Day Baptist church, of which he has been clerk for twenty-two years.
Eugene Walters had been almost a helpless invalid for eight years or more at the end of his life, but seldom spoke of his own condition, exemplifying his faith in the Savior by keeping cheerful and greeting his friends with a smile rather than with despondency. His devoted wife and daughter, tenderly cared for him through all of his illness. He passed away April 22, 1919.
History compiled from Albert Clayton Beckwith The History Of Walworth County,Wisconsin (1912); The SabbathRecorder Vol 87, No 2 P63 (July 14, 1919)