W. E. WALKER
For sixty-seven years W. E. Walker has been a resident of the Sacramento valley and has long been recognized as one of its sturdy and dependable citizens. He has been a hard worker and a good manager and has been reasonably successful in his affairs. He was born in Missouri, on the 26th of August, 1860, and is a son of W. B. and Elizabeth (Head) Walker, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Kentucky. Mr. Walker went to Kentucky in young manhood and there farmed until 1863, when he came across the plains to the coast with a train of about a dozen wagons. They got through without serious trouble with the Indians, traveling by way of the Oregon trail and Salt Lake City, and Mr. Walker first located in the Shasta valley. About thirty days later he came to the Scott valley and rented the Holtzsierer ranch, on which he lived for one year. During the following two years he was on the Simmons ranch adjoining, and in 1866 came to the present homestead farm, comprising five hundred acres of good land. He had two hundred and eighty acres under cultivation, the remainder being pasture land. Mr. Walker was a veteran of the Civil war, having served in the Union Army two years. He died March 16, 1878, and was survived many years by his widow, who passed away in 1911, at the age of eighty-three. Of their twelve children the following are living: Joseph, of Etna, where he was formerly engaged in the livery business; Addie, who is the widow of the late Charles Abbott, and lives in Portland, Oregon; Ellen, the wife of Albert E. Domey, fish commissioner at Sacramento; W. E.; and Lizzie, who is the wife of Charles Reynolds, a rancher.
W. E. Walker received his education in the public schools of his home neighborhood and has spent practically his entire life on the home ranch. He gives considerable attention to fattening beef cattle, keeping from sixty to one hundred head, and he raises good crops of hay and grain, which he feeds, instead of selling for cheap prices. He assisted his father in former years in developing the home ranch, which he has maintained at a high standard of cultivation and is regarded as one of the progressive farmers and stockmen of this district.
In 1888 Mr. Walker was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Davis, a daughter of Lewis and Sarah (Evans) Davis, the former a native of Wales and the latter of Welch descent. Mrs. Walker was born in Scott valley, not far from her present home. They are the parents of three children, namely: Bernard, who remains on the home ranch; R. A., who is in the Scott Valley Bank, at Fort Jones and is married and has a son, Vernon; and Amie, who is the wife of Herbert Luce, a shoemaker at Ft. Jones.
Mr. Walker gives his political support to the republican party but has never held or sought public office. He has for the past forty-six years been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Ft. Jones. He was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which he gives generous support, though not a member. He has always been too busy to give much time to sports, but takes a wide interest in all passing events, being a close reader and a keen observer, so that he is a well informed man.
Transcribed by Marie Hassard 02 June 2010.
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