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The city of Sacramento numbers among its prosperous and enterprising citizens Joseph Edward Walker, whose place of business, located at Nos. 1018-20-22 Fifth street, is one of the most flourishing places in the city today. He is the son of John L. Walker, a native of New York City, who early moved to Calumet, Mich., where Joseph E. was born.

John L. Walker was for seventeen years a timber contractor for the Calumet & Hecla Copper Company, at Calumet, Mich. whither he had removed, and at the end of that period he went to Neihart, Mont., where he was the timber contractor for different coal companies in the state. He is now living retired in Sacramento, his wife having died in Montana. Before her marriage she was Agnes Mosher, whose birth occurred in Montreal, and to her union with John L. Walker there was born a family of eight children, of whom Joseph E. was the fifth in order of birth.

On November 25, 1883, Joseph Edward Walker was Ijorn in Calumet, Mich., whence he removed with his parents to Neihart, Mont. After completing the course in the public schools he learned the trade of baker in Neihart, going from there to Arizona, where he followed the trade of baker and cook, and for one year was with the Greene Consolidated Copper Company, at Cananea, Mex., in this capacity. From there he went to Los Angeles about 1902, holding positions with several of the leading hotels and cafes there. Next he was chef in Eureka, Cal., until the rush to Goldfield, Nev., when he decided to remove thither, and opened a restaurant in the new camp. Such was his success there that he later ran two businesses of this kind, also having restaurants at Manhattan, Ely and Wonder. It was in 1908 that he finally located in Sacramento as his permanent place of residence, aiul starting the restaurant which he called the Gilt Edge Cafe in the old Newburgh mill on Fifth street, he built up a most prosperous business, selling it out a year later at a good profit. This place has been remodeled into a business place from the old mill place, but it remained for Mr. Walker to use his energy and excellent taste in fitting it for a cafe, such as he finally owned. After selling this place he opened the Bon Ton Cafe on K street, which proved a profitable undertaking, and a year later he sold it for $12,000, this in itself indicating the exceptional ability Mr. Walker had for conducting and building up a business of this sort. Since New Year's Day, 1912, he has con- ducted the Walker's Cafe, having remodeled the building on Fifth street, where it is located, and by placing new fixtures and giving it the finishing touches which only an experienced hand like Mr. Walker's could accomplish, he enjoys most satisfactory returns. It is now the largest cafe in the city, giving proof of his close application to the details of the work and his unusually clever executive ability. He has profited by his more than ten years' experience in this line of work in many progressive cities in the country, and was quick to see the opportunity of a fruitful field for his labors in the city of Sacramento.

Mr. Walker's first marriage occurred in Eureka, Cal., when he married Miss Kittie McGrath, a native of Eureka. Her death occurred twenty months after her marriage in Goldfield, Nev. In July, 1908, he married in Ely, Nev., Miss Carrie Rindahl, born in Michigan, and to this union has been born one child, Naomi. Mrs. Walker is a popular member of the Ladies of the Maccabees, while her husband unites with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and also the Order of Eagles. A staunch Republican in political principle, he is actively interested in all civic movements for the advancement of the general welfare, and as the successful and progressive proprietor of his most profitable business fills the place of a patriotic citizen. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011