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FREDERICK S. WALTON

The Walton family traces its lineage to honored colonial settlers of the east and numerous successive generations left the impress of forceful personalities upon the history of New England, where there yet continues a goodly representation of the name, although with the expansion of the country's population and resources to the west there has been a corresponding migration of its members from old settled regions to the new country. Born June 21, 1870,. in Boston, Mr. Walton enjoyed in youth the splendid educational advantages offered by that historic town, while in the home of his parents, Harrison C. and Abbie Ann Walton, he received the example of true courtesy to all and the highest refinement of manner. Upon his graduation from the Boston high school in 1886 he faced the future with a youth's bright hope of success and for the attainment of such a desired result he was qualified by birth, breeding and education. The means of the family enabled him to gratify a longing for travel and his first long voyage brought him around the Horn to San Francisco, where he entered into special service for the government as a member of the United States navy, stationed for one year aboard the Albatross. Later lie spent one year in travel, mainly in Australia.

Mr. Walton returned home and took up occupative employment, engaging as a bill clerk with the American Express Company for two years. Next we find him upon the plains of South Dakota, where for one year he served as a member of the Eighth Cavalry, U. S. A., and upon his retirement from the army he remained in the Dakotas to carry on mining enterprises. The year 1897 found him in Portland, Ore., where he organized the Quaker Medicine Company and became manager of the business, in which he owned one-half of the stock. For eleven years he continued in the same position.

Under his expert supervision the business of the company developed greatly and its reputation was established throughout the west. A favorable opening caused him to remove to Los Angeles in 1908 and there he became general manager for the Dr. Parker Painless Dentistry Company. During August of 1910 he came to Sacramento and organized the dental firm of Walton-Way, Incorporated, of which he is now president and which under his experienced supervision has reached a high degree of professional prestige and financial success. Modern improvements and devices of every kind suited to professional use may be found in the operating rooms, while the reception and consulting rooms are attractive and elegant. The success of the enterprise is due to the initiative and sagacious judgment of its founder, who in addition to this important association still retains his large interest in the Quaker Medicine Company. Fraternally he holds membership with the Elks. The home which he has established in Sacramento enjoys the hospitable ministrations of Mrs. Walton, formerly Miss Edith Dacre Chapman, whom he married August 1, 1909, in Huston, Tex., and who is well qualified by native abilities and educational advantages to fill an important social position in the cultured circles of the capital city. 


Source:
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