biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
WALTER R. CAMMACK is the leading photographer of Oskaloosa. Coming to this city a stranger, he rented rooms over Wilson's dry-goods store, and by close attention to his business, with natural and acquired ability in his profession, he has built up a trade second to none in this section of country. Combining artistic taste with the purely mechanical part of his business, he produces work, that for superior finish and perfect pose of the subject, is unsurpassed. Mr. Cammack is a native Hawkeye, born in Muscatine County, Oct. 20, 1856. His father, James Cammack, is a native of Indiana, while his mother, Elizabeth (Hadley) Cammack, was a native of Ohio. They were married in Indiana and moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1855, and from that county to Hardin, in 1859, locating on a farm near Iowa Falls, where the mother died in 1874. They were the parents of eight children, of whom Walter was the fourth. Both were members of the Society of Friends. Walter R. Cammack was reared on his father's farm and educated in the common schools of Hardin County. He remained at home with his father assisting in cultivating the farm until 1881, when he went to Storm Lake, Buena Vista Co., Iowa, and commenced learning the business of photography. Having, as already stated, a natural taste for the work, he soon acquired an insight into the business, and became an expert photographer. After remaining at Storm Lake for about a year and a half, he went to Marshalltown, where he remained thirteen months, and thence came to Oskaloosa, in April, 1884. On the 28th day of October, 1884, Mr. Cammack was united in marriage with Carrie M. Wickersham, a native of Lee County, Iowa, and daughter of Jesse and Mary Ann (Bond) Wickersham. The parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Cammack belong to the Society of Friends, and their religious tendency is in that direction. Mr. Cammack is a member of the Knights of Pythias and Modern Woodmen of America. While a citizen of Oskaloosa but a few years, Mr. Cammack has made a host of friends, and enjoys the respect and confidence of all. Mrs. Cammack is well known and is universally esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy