JOHN JOSEPH WALKER.
An enumeration of those men who have won honor and public recognition for themselves, and at the same time have
honored the community where they belong, would be incomplete were there failure to make mention of John J. Walker,
the present efficient under sheriff of Kings county. He was born in Alexander, Louisiana, on the 17th of March,
1877, and is the son of Jacob and Loretta (Rey) Walker. The father died in 1881 and is still survived by his widow,
who came to California in 1908 and is now living at Burbank
John J. Walker is largely a self educated man, for his public school training was abbreviated from the fact that
in boyhood it was necessary for him to go to work His first employment was as office boy in a large establishment
and his ambition was early evidenced from the fact that, going beyond his required duties, he applied himself to
the study of bookkeeping under the kind of direction of the regular bookkeeper. As soon as he was financially able,
young Walker attended a business college, and so advanced was he in his knowledge of accounts that at the end of
five weeks he was granted a diploma. He then was continued in the employ of the company as a manager of stores.
The firm imported and exported cotton and Mr. Walker became a recognized expert in his knowledge of staple cotton.
In 1911, because of poor health, Mr. Walker came to California and for two years was employed in a store in Los
Angeles. He then came to Hanford as manager for Reese & Durant Company, wholesalers, with whom he remained
for about four years. Having recovered his health, Mr. Walker then returned east and for two years was engaged
in the buying of cotton. In January, 1918, he again came to Hanford and became under sheriff of the county, under
Sheriff Hime. He has had no cause to regret the change nor have the people of the county had any cause to regret
his selection for the office, for he has brought to the discharge of his duties a steadfast desire to give the
best service of which he is capable. Careful and obliging, he has won a well deserved popularity and those who
know him best like him most.
Mr. Walker was married to Miss Norma Guirard, of St Martin, Louisiana, and to them was born a child, now Mrs. Hazel
Walker Burr, who is the mother of a son, John Douglas Burr. Politically Mr. Walker is a stanch republican, while
fraternally he is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Woodmen of the World. He is deeply interested
in all athletic sports and especially enjoys good boxing as one of the best forms of physical culture. He is essentially
public spirited and gives his support to every movement for the advancement of the community welfare.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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