Biography of Walter J. Fullwiler
Tulare County, CA Biographies





WALTER J. FULLWILER.
Among the young, progressive business men of Visalia, California, Walter J. Fullwiler is entitled to recognition as an example of what intelligent effort and industry can accomplish in a field where opportunities abound. He was born in Woodville, Tulare county, California, July 4, 1892, and is a descendant of pioneer families on both sides. His father, Wallace J. Fullwiler, was born in the state of Ohio, but came to California with his parents when only six years of age. He grew to manhood in Tulare county, was educated in the public schools, was married to Miss May Towery, the daughter of one of the early settlers, and followed agricultural pursuits all his life. Of the children born to Wallace J. and May (Towery) Fullwiler, three are living: Walter J., engaged in the furniture business in Visalia; Ralph, a resident of Santa Cruz; and Mrs. R. J. Loebl of Oakland, California.

Walter J. Fullwiler received his primary education in the Harmony school of Woodville, after which he attended schools in Visalia and Santa Cruz. While going to school in Santa Cruz, as a lad of fifteen years, he began his business career by working part time in a hardware store. Later he went to Porterville, where he entered the employ of Sepaugh & Roach, dealers in furniture. After some time in Porterville, he came to Visalia and was for awhile employed in the furniture store of J. A. Sepaugh. He then opened a soft drink parlor under the Palace Hotel, which he fitted up in an attractive manner, and by his personality and the excellence of the goods supplied to his customers he built up a profitable business.

Selling this place at a profit, on November 10, 1919, he opened his furniture store at No. 306 East Main street, having purchased the stock, fixtures and good will from J. A. Sepaugh, his former employer. His early experience in handling furniture had taught him much about the public taste in house furnishing, which has enabled him to make judicious purchases, suited to all demands from the kitchen of the humblest home to the drawing room of the most pretentious mansion. Consequently "Fullwiler's" has become a popular place to buy furniture and its proprietor has prospered. Added to the general high quality of his stock is a uniform courtesy to all patrons of the store and a desire to meet their wants. If an article called for is not in stock and the customer can wait a few days, Mr. Fullwiler will undertake to secure it. Such an accommodation is usually appreciated and an increasing trade results.

Mr. Fullwiler was married to Miss Lena Oldfield of Porterville, and they have one daughter: Cleonie, aged eight years. Mr. Fullwiler is one of the directors of the Visalia Kiwanis Club and is interested in other ways in promoting the civic and material interests of the city. He is regarded by those who know him best as one of the intelligent and systematic boosters of Visalia and Tulare county, as well as one of the most public spirited citizens. He is member of Visalia Lodge No. 1298, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, which is the only fraternal organization to which he belongs.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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