John Harry Walker of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, got off the train in Asheville in 1911, peddling newspapers and magazines. He strolled to Aston Park, built by the city in 1898 on land deeded by George Willis Pack. "He came up as a news butch," his youngest daughter, Mary Walker Shipman, relates, "and he went through Aston Park and saw my mama, and a bow fell off the back of her dress. I think she wanted it to. My daddy was the handsomest man that ever God put breath in — I know it, I'm so proud of him. And he picked up the bow."