Hugh Walker


Bolinas Township, page 427

Hugh Walker was born in Nova Scotia, August 9, 1843, and there resided until 1863, where he learned the cooper's trade with his father. In the last mentioned year he settled in Boston, the Winter of 1863-4 being spent in Indiana, and in May, 1864, sailed from Bostonfor California, arriving in San Francisco on the 28th day of June of that year. On landing he at once commenced working at his trade and continued in San Francisco for nine months, when he entered the government service as a cooper at Tucson, Arizona, where he was employed for a year and a half; he then went into the hotel business at that place, and there resided until June, 1867, when he returned to San Francisco and began his trade again, following it for five months, when he was engaged by a contractor of the State Prison at San Quentin. Here he remained as foreman of the cooper shop until April, 1869, when he went to Hamilton, White Pine County, Nevada, and there engaged in prospecting for silver, but finding none, and failing in health, he returned to San Francisco and once more found his trade to be a benefit. In 1875 he came to Olema and opened the store which he now conducts. Married April 28, 1877, Mamie Smith, by whom he has one child named Ella Irene.

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