Walkers mark 50th anniversary

James B. and LouVee Walker celebrated their 50th anniversary on May 19 at the Walker Homestead at 1001 Mountain View Road. The party was given by their children, Steve and Calwon Walker of Philomath, Mike Walker of Sweet Home and Kathleen and Pat Varbel of Kuna, Idaho.

Sister Janet Warren, a member of the original wedding party, attended.

James Walker and LouVee Davenport were married on May 17, 1957 in Albany.

They lived in the same home for all 50 years of their marriage. It is the original Walker Homestead, which James Walker’s family settled after leaving Missouri.

He was born and grew up there, and then their children grew up there.

Both attended Sweet Home High School.

James Walker worked in the woods as a logger, worked for Willamette Industries, Sweet Home Plywood for 35 years as a lathe operator and then retired.

LouVee Walker was a stay-at-home mom and was involved with her children’s school activities.

When the children were in high school, she started working for Ozzie Shaw in a surveyor’s office and then for the Linn County Surveyor’s Office until she retired.

The Walker family did lots of fun activities, such as hunting, fishing, boating and camping. The family also hosted numerous family reunions for both the Walker and Davenport families.

Now they are enjoying their time together with their children and grandchildren. They have six grandchildren, Sean, Amber, Ashley, Kelsey, Caleb and Clayton, and one great-grandchild, Tucker.