Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Oregon Republican League: History 104 Biographies

Every Wednesday/Thursday, the Oregon Republican League will post the biographies of important figures, in the League's/State of Oregon's history. Feel free to comment or share stories of your family's Republican affiliation.

An Illustrated History of Umatilla County & Morrow County, by Colonel William Parsons and W. S. Shiach with a brief outline of the early history of the State of Oregon. W. H. Lever, Spokane, WA, (1902), p. 374-375.

HORACE WALKER. - This well known citizen, whose life we have the pleasure to epitomize for the chronicles of Umatilla county, is a man who has fully merited the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens that from time to time they have taken pleasure in exhibiting by their franchises. Though but thirty-five years of age he has won a political standing by his faithfulness of trust bestowed, wisdom in handling public questions, and fearlessness in championing the cause of his constituency, that bid fair, in no far distant day, to place him among the leaders of his party in his state. He is a stanch Republican, because he is confident the principles of that party are those best for the welfare of the people at large.

Mr. Walker is a native of Ontario, Canada, being born May 14, 1864, and remaining there until 1877 when he came to this county. His residence here has been continuous since that date and his life has been practically formed in this western realm. He owns, with his brother, four hundred and eighty acres of land which they farm to wheat.

The marriage of Mr. Walker and Miss Agnes Jane, daughter of William and Mary (Thompson) Still, occurred on April 27, 1892, and the following children have been born to them, Horace Raymond, Edna Bernice, Grant. In fraternal circles the popularity of our subject is fully sustained, being a member of the Masonic, K. of P., and A. O. U. W. lodges, in which he takes a commendable pride. He has attended many of the county conventions and some of the state, as a delegate. At the last election he was selected for one of the county commissioners, in discharging the duties of which office he has made a very acceptable record, demonstrating to the voters of the county his ability, and opening the door for greater triumphs, which his acumen and probity are sure to accomplish.

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