Longtime Walton resident battled mosquitos and more in the Spanish American War

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 16:24 PM.
Charley Aultman’s father, Anthony, died at the age of 74, just down the road in Black Creek. Aultman was 8 at the time.
 
Now 70, Aultman is working to piece together details of his father’s life, which he feels he missed losing him at such a young age. From what he remembers, and what he has found in genealogical archives, Aultman has learned his father was a lively and colorful man.
 
Born around 1875, Anton, or Anthony, Aultman, or Altman, depending which genealogical and war records you search, was a first-generation American of Austrian parents. He left his childhood home in Wisconsin at the age of 12, and headed for Texas. This may seem extreme, but Charley Aultman says that’s just the way things were.
 
“It was a different world then,” said Aultman.


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