A. Grant Walker, who is well known among the younger attorneys of Erie, is a member of a pioneer family of Erie
County. He was born in Harbbr Creek Township, Sept. 18, 1890, and is a son of William Grant and Hattie Elizabeth
William G. Walker is a mentber of an old and substantial Eastern family. Well authenticated records trace the family
to the great great grandfather, Timothy Walker, who was born at Hebron, Mass., in 1720, and died in Penfield, N.
Y., in 1808. This is the location of the old homestead and the resting place of many members of the family, the
Walker cemetery being an historic landmark of the region. Justice Walker, who married Nancy Miller, was of the
next generation, being born in 1763 and dying in 1831. The grandfather of William G., Samuel Walker, was born in
1796 and married Sarah Case. Their son, Chauncey Case, was a native of Washington County, N. Y., who was born Sept.
16, 1842, and died in March, 1889. With his widowed mother he came to Erie County, where he spent his long and
honqrable life as a farmer, The elder Mr. Walker was a Republican and a Methodist. He married Elizabeth Wheelock,
who was born Sept. 4, 1828, and died Feb. 28, 1904, the daughter of Jesse Wheelock, who was long a justice of the
peace in his old home neighborhood of Cambridge Springs, Pa. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey C. Walker were:
May L., the wife of F. J. Walker, a manufacturer of Erie; Homer O., living on the old Harbor Creek homestead in
Erie County; S. J., a farmer, lives at Afton, Iowa; and William G., father of the subject of this sketch.
William G. Walker was both in Harbor Creek, Erie County, July 1, 1869, receiving his early education at that place
and later attending Erie Academy. Although reared on a farm he evinced an inclination for business in his boyhood
and has followed mercantile lines since he left school. He first resided at San Francisco, Calif., but at the death
of his parents, a year after going to that place, he took his share of the family estate which he traded for property
in Erie, with the result that he has since been identified with the advancement of the county all along the line.
In 1897 he purchased the W. I. Potter's leading general store at West Springfield.
In November, 1919, Mr. Walker was elected County Commissioner of Erie County, and took office Jan. 1, 1920, serving
a term of four years. He then returned to Conneaut, Ohio, where he is now engaged in the real estate and building
business. He was appointed postmaster of West Springfield in 1901, which office he held until 1919. Mr. Walker
has been a life long Republican and is a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic lodge, and the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows.
In September, 1889, Mr. Walker was married to Miss Hattie Elizabeth Hyke, of Erie County, born in October, 1869,
and a daughter of Charles C. and Harriet Jane Hyke. They have two children: A. Grant, the subject of this sketch;
and Dorothy Vernon, born July 24, 1906, a student at Villa Marie, Erie.
A. Grant Walker received his education in the public schools and after his graduation from high school in 1910
entered the law school of the University of Michigan from which he received his. degree in 1914. In that year he
was admitted to the Erie County bar and the following year to the Federal, Superior and Supreme Courts. Since he
began the practice of his profession he has been associated with the firm of Gunnison, Fish, Gifford & Chapin,
leading attorneys of this city. Their offices are in the Masonic Temple building.
On June 20, 1914, Mr.. Walker was united in marriage with Miss Florence Amy, a native of Greenville, Pa., born
Feb. 29, 1889, and a daughter of Charles E. and Lillian (Bernard) Amy, natives of Greenville, Pa. He was born Sept.
9, 1863, and died Oct. 16, 1918. For many years he was proprietor of the Greenville Stone Company. His wife resides
in Greenville. They had six children: Helen Amy, born May 15, 1887, married Carl Soult, Greenville, Pa.; Mrs. Walker;
Hettie, born Sept. 2, 1890, married Roy Beever, a civil engineer with the Bessemer Railroad, lives at Greenville,
Pa.; Ruth, born April 2, 1892, married Frank Riggleman, New Castle, Pa.; Richard, born Nov.. 2, 1893, purchasing
agent for the Perry Iron Works, Erie; and Dowd, born May 19, 1906, resides with his mother. To Mr. and Mrs. A.
Grant Walker one son has been born, William Grant, born Sept. 10, 1916.
Mr. Walker is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of West Springfield and his wife holds membership in the
Lutheran Memorial Church, Erie, in which she is an active member. She is past president of the Sunday school class.
She is identified with the Erie Women's Club, and is president of the Parent-Teachers Association of Ferncliff.
Mr. Walker belongs to University Club, Erie Yacht Club, and the Elks lodge. He is also a 32nd degree Mason.
History of Erie County, Pennsylvania
By: John Elmer Reed
Historical Publishing Company
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