California Genealogy and History Archives
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.
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.
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.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011