Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
The gentleman whose name is seen at the head of this sketch was born in Ravenna, Portage Co., Ohio, May i7,
1848. In the spring of 1860 his father, with his family, moved from Ohio to Michigan; buying land, he went into
fruit-growing. Walter was then a lad of twelve years; he assisted his father here on his fruit farm until he was
twenty years old, when he left home and engaged in the harness business. At the expiration of two years he was
employed as an agent representing fire insurance, and at this time represents several leading companies, doing
a large business.
Jan. 2, 1872, he married Miss Frances B., daughter of Derastus and Mary H. Harper. They have two children, viz.,
Bessie, born Aug. 17, 1873; Raymond B., born Oct. 15, 1875.
In the fall of 1878 he went into the boot and shoe business in St. Joseph, where we find him engaged at this time
running a large business. Mr. Donaldson is an active business man; he has received no assistance from any one;
he owes his present position to his own exertions, his perse verance, integrity, and uprightness in all his business
relations, retaining the confidence of all with whom he is associated.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.