GATTON, WALTER T., a successful farmer and breeder of Holstein-Friesian cattle, living on Section 34, Woodside Township, Sangamon County, is a native of that township, born February 5, 1882, and although comparatively a young man, has shown great enterprise and excellent business judgment. Mr. Gatton is a son of Walter T. Sr. and Mary (Whitehurst) Gatton, the former born in Woodside Township, September 16, 1854, and the latter born August 1, 1856. Walter T. Gatton, Sr., spent his entire life on Oakwood Stock Farm and was an expert in the cattle business, his father having come to Sangamon County from Hardin County, Ky. He died March 4, 1886, and his wife April 22, 1906.
Walter T. Gatton Jr. was educated in the public school and in Springfield Business College and as a boy was fond of hunting and other outdoor sports. He began to assist his father with the duties on the home farm as soon as he was old enough and was always much interested in stock. He has done much to advance the interests of stockmen in Sangamon County and has a fine herd of pure bred stock, having exhibited cattle at the State Fairs and won several premiums. He is also greatly interested in hogs, and is a prosperous farmer as well. He has the entire confidence and esteem of his neighbors and is well known throughout the county in connection with his business. In political views he is a Democrat and he joined the Masonic order in 1907. He belongs to Tyrian Lodge No. 333 A.F. and A.M.; Springfield Council No. 4; R.A.M., Elwood Commander No. 6, and Sangamo Lodge of Perfection. He and his wife belong to the Christian church and are interested in many worthy causes.
Mr. Gatton was married in Springfield, June 20, 1906, to Eva C. White, born in Mason County, Ill., in 1884, daughter of Elbert and Anna (Scott) White, the former born in West Virginia, March 21, 1854, and the latter in Illinois, April 3, 1856. Mr. White came to Illinois at the age of ten years, and when he reached manhood engaged in farming, which he continued many years, then retired from active life. Mr. Gatton and his wife own a very pleasant home and a farm of 194 acres.