WALTER M. GOINS.
In all that constitutes true manhood and good citizenship, Walter M. Goins, one of the best known and most substantial
of Tulare county ranchers, is a notable example and none stands higher than he in the esteem and confidence of
the community honored by his citizenship. Mr. Goins, proprietor of what is known as the D. K. Zumwalt ranch, was
born on the 10th day of July, 1888, a son of William and Narcissus (Watkins) Goins, representatives of old southern
families. The Goins family came to Tulare county in 1892, and here the father operated a ranch up to the time of
his death, which occurred when Walter M., of this review was but a child, and he was then taken into the home of
D. K. Zumwalt, who reared him as though he were his own child.
Walter M. Goins secured a good practical education in the common schools, and remained with Mr. Zumwalt, assisting
him in the work of the ranch, of which he eventually took complete charge. He has lived on this place continuously
from childhood and is now the owner of the place, which comprises three hundred and sixty acres of splendidly improved
land. He has been financially successful in his business affairs and now also owns orange groves in Success and
3,500 acres of cattle range in the foothills. He operates on a large scale and his sound judgment and wise discrimination
have enabled him to handle his operations profitably. He is a member of the California Cattlemen's Association,
a director of the Tulare Cattlemen's Association and a member of the Tulare County Farm Bureau. He has a pleasant
and comfortable residence in Visalia and in the public affairs of that community takes a deep interest, giving
his support to every movement for the advancement of the general welfare.
Mr. Goins was married to Miss Ruth Eberhart, the daughter of Lewis and Mary (Rosenow) Eberhart. Mr. and Mrs. Goins
have one son: Lewis William. Mr. and Mrs. Eberhart were pioneer settlers of Colorado, having gone there in the
days of ox team transportation and they did their part in the development of the section in which they lived. They
now reside in Long Beach, California. Mr. Goins has been universally recognized as a splendid citizen, of lofty
character, sturdy integrity and unswerving honesty. Always modest and unassuming, and easily approached, he possesses
a strong and vigorous personality and in the best sense of the term is a leader of men and well fitted to engage
in important enterprises. Because of his earnest life, well rounded character and large influence, he is eminently
entitled to representation in the permanent records of his county. In politics he is a republican and his religious
faith is evidenced by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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