WALTER C. CARDWELL
As a pioneer business man of Le Grand, Merced County, Mr. Cardwell has been identified with its growth since the
town first came into being, and he has taken an active part in the movements toward the making of a small hamlet
a prosperous and still growing business center, surrounded by such fertile valley lands. Born October 23, 1859,
Walter C. Cardwell is a native of Fayetteville, Ark., and after his schooling was finished, he clerked in a store
at Paris, near Forth Smith, that State. On April 12, 1885, he came to Merced County and at first lived with his
aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Allen, on their ranch east of Le Grand. He later took a course at the Stockton
Normal School, and then went to Plainsburg, where he clerked in the store of Abe Jacobs, and acted as assistant
postmaster of Plainsburg, also being proprietor of the Plainsburg Hotel.
Coming to Le Grand in 1897, Mr. Cardwell first clerked in the store of E. C. Dickinson, and was assistant postmaster
of Le Grand under postmaster S. W. Dickinson. He next clerked in the Rochdale Store for two years, and in 1906
bought the grocery store which he still owns, conducting it as a general grocery store, with a full and up to date
stock of goods.
In all his years of residence in the San Joaquin, Mr. Cardwell has been sure of the ultimate prosperity in store
for this section of the State, and he has supported the men and measures best calculated to further its real advancement.
Fraternally he is active as a member of the Fraternal Aid Union, being past president of that order, and now serving
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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