WALTER A. COVINGTON is one of the enterprising and enthusiastic real estate men of Imperial County, and is a
member of the firm of Best, DeBlois and Covington of Brawley since its organization. Mr. Covington is a native
son and his birth occurred in Redlands, California, May 6, 1877. He is the son of Peter H. and Martha Covington.
His father died at the age of seventy one and was buried in Santa Ana, California. Walter A. acquired his education
in the public and high schools of Redlands. He left school at the age of twenty and took a business course. He
assisted his father for two years in the furniture business and then engaged in the bicycle and sporting goods
business, which he carried on for a period of four years. For the next eight years he was identified with the Union
Electrical Company of Trenton, New Jersey, and traveled throughout the central states. Returning to Santa Ana,
he managed his father's ranch for about two years. In Imperial Valley, Mr. Covington then entered into a partnership
with his brother in law, W. H. Best, and engaged in the real estate and loan business, until the present firm was
organized. Mr. Covington is interested with his brothers in seven hundred acres of land in Imperial County, which
is under cultivation and managed by himself. Mr. Covington serves as police commissioner and is a city trustee.
His political allegiance is with the Democratic party. He was united in marriage at Bakersfield, California, with
Miss Clara Bell Richardson, November 13, 1912, a daughter of George and Miley (Hunt) Richardson, a prominent man
and pioneer of Kern County. To Mr. and Mrs. Covington has been born one son, Robert Wayne, born September 1, 1913.
It was while tilling the soil here that Mr. Covington became impressed with the land, and he at once invested in
agricultural land. From his long experience in agriculture in the county, Mr. Covington is in a position to talk
with authority on soil and crop conditions and he is not the man to lead a stranger astray.
The History of Imperial County, California
Edited by: F. C. Farr
Elms and Franks, Publishers
Berkley, California 1918
Imperial County, CA
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