DAVID FREDRICK WALKER
The history of the inter-mountain country would be incomplete without the name of David F. Walker, who for over
fifty seven years has been one of the leading business men and most prominent and progressive citizens of Utah.
David F. Walker was born April 19th, 1838, at Yeadon, Yorkshire, England. He was the third of the four famous Walker
brothers, all of whom contributed so much to the upbuilding of Utah. His father was Matthew Walker, who was a wool
merchant and hotel proprietor in England. He died in St. Louis, in 1850, on the way to Utah. His mother was Mercy
(Long) Walker, who passed away in Salt Lake City in December, 1863. David F. Walker was educated in the public
schools of England. He arrived in Salt Lake City, September 20th, 1852, being then but a boy of fourteen.
David F. Walker's first occupation in life after arriving in this country was as a peddler of notions in St. Louis,
where he stayed for two years. Upon his arrival in Salt Lake he entered the employ of William Nixon, formerly of
St. Louis, but then known as "The Father of Utah Merchants," who conducted a general merchandise store.
Mr. Walker remained in this position until the spring of 1859, at which time (July 1st) the firm of Walker Brothers
was established at Camp Floyd about forty miles southwest of Salt Lake. The four brothers made up the firm. David
F. Walker was the prime mover in starting the business, having got the first stock of goods on credit, the stock
consisting of $90,000 worth of goods. The firm, which was originally formed for the purpose of selling supplies
to the soldiers then encamped at Camp Floyd, remained there until the departure of the troops, when the stock was
removed to Salt Lake City and the foundation laid for the present mammoth store which is second to none in Utah
in every respect. The business was continued by the Walker brothers until 1886, and on January 20th of that year,
Mr. Walker retired from the firm, selling out his interest to the remaining three brothers. In 1888 Mr. Walker
went to San Francisco and entered business there. He built a magnificent country residence at San Mateo, California.
It has four acres of lawn and covers six acres of rare plants and other foliage. The house has a frontage of one
hundred feet and a ninety foot depth, and is built in old Southern colonial style. Mr. Walker takes great pride
in his California home and loves to work about the grounds among the plants and flowers, which is his chief recreation.
Mr. Walker was first married to Emeline Holmes, May 18th, 1859. She died in August, 1876, and their children were
Emeline, Sarah, Ann, David F., Jr., Henry W., Maud. and Stella May.
On October 25th, 1883. Mr. Walker was married to Althea Hunt, who came from an old New York family and was born
in the old Ninth Ward in New York City. To them have been born three children, of whom two are living, Althea Margaret
and Clarence Hollister.
Mr. Walker is a member of the Pacific Union Club, and the Burlingame Country Club. of San Francisco, and a. former
member of the Alta Club, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Walker's residence in Salt Lake City is at No. 75 C Street.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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