Walter Bros. Auctioneers history began when David E. Walter sold his first auction in 1936. A few years later his brother Austin R. Walter joined him and thus Walter Bros. Auctioneers was born.
Dave & Aus sold many auctions during the time the small farmer was leaving the farms. They also auctioned livestock at the local stockyards throughout Ohio. Austin passed away in 1963.
In 1963, Ben joined his father in the real estate and auction businesses. Tom joined Dave and Ben a few years later. David passed away in 1971. Ben and Tom continued in the auction business as Walter Bros. and soon became incorporated. Walter Real Estate continued with Ben Walter as Broker. The two of them have passed 50 years of business and are still very much active in all the business activities as well as being life long farmers in western Wyandot County.
Ben Walter Broker / Auctioneer
Ben and Gloria Walter have 3 daughters, Deb Gosche, Patty Lucas & Cindy Sparks, a son, Matt and 7 grandchildren and 1 great grand child and one on the way. Gloria assists Mary as a cashier, Deb is a regular clerk and Patty helps cashier occasionally.
Tom Walter Realtor / Auctioneer
Tom and Donna Walter have 2 daughters, Leah & Lana, 2 sons, Craig & Kurt and 7 grandchildren.
Donna is a retired registered nurse. Lana Walter helps with cashiering and occasionally clerks.
Matt Walter Realtor / Auctioneer
Ben’s son, Matt , graduated from Repperts School of Auctioneering in 1990 later receiving his real estate sales and brokers licenses. He is a business graduate from the University of Findlay and has a daughter Katelyn who you will see running sheets or helping dad. Matt and Kati live and farm in western Wyandot Co. Matt has recently been added to the 9th District Bankruptcy Court approved auctioneer list.
Kris Gosche Realtor / Auctioneer
Ben’s grandson, Kris Gosche, a 2006 graduate of Repperts School of Auctioneering. Kris works with is father, Jim Gosche of Gosche Putnam Masonry and is a 2006 business graduate from The Ohio State University. Kris recently married Samantha Derr and Kris and Sammy are expecting their first this summer. Samantha clerks for us and she is a teacher for Carey Elementary School.
Mary Miller Cashier
Mary Miller joined Walter Bros. in 1985 in the auction preparation service and later that year came into the office as secretary. She still does auction preparation for us. Mary is our head cashier. She and her husband, Jim, have 1 daughter, Michelle and 2 sons, JR & CJ and 7 grandchildren. Jim is retired from Whirlpool Corp.
Coly Hackworth is a neighbor and life long friend that assists us and he and his family work with Mary preparing upcoming auctions.