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Clinton Lee Walker
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Birth: 1876
Death: Feb. 29, 1944
Piedmont
Alameda County
California, USA

Clinton Lee Walker (1876-1944) was the fifth son of T. B. and Harriet G. Walker. He graduated in 1898 from the School of Mines at the University of Minnesota. He worked from 1898 to 1913 for T. B. and the RRLC in northern California, where he was involved in topographical and railroad surveys, timber estimating, mapping, ranching, ditch surveying and construction, the search for a site for the sawmill and town that would eventually become Westwood, and sawmill drafting. For one season (ca. 1912-1913) he was resident manager at Westwood during the construction and early operation of the new mill and town.

In 1913 a disgruntled Clinton severed his official ties with the RRLC and struck out in pursuit of other interests, principally the invention of automotive parts and accessories. Around 1915 he formed a partnership with Edward J. Pennypacker, another inventor, in the Pennypacker Company, based in San Francisco; Clinton was president, Pennypacker was general manager. In 1917 Clinton applied to join the Engineer Officers' Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army. He served also at this time as "special negotiator" for the Great Western Power Company, San Francisco. He invested in land of his own, and later (ca. 1928) in motion picture making. After 1913, Clinton occasionally did work for his father and for the RRLC on a job-by-job basis, although he seems to have devoted most of his time to his inventions.

By 1930, Clinton and his son Brooks were working together as "Automotive and Aviation Development Engineers," with laboratories and an office at Clinton's home at Piedmont (near Oakland), California. By this time Clinton had also rejoined the RRLC as a vice president ("2nd vice president" until 1933, "vice president" afterwards), which post he evidently held until his death in 1944.

Clinton was a bit of a maverick, and frequently found himself in conflict with his father (whom he claimed favored his brothers over himself) and with his brothers, particularly Willis. Resentment, suspicion, and jealousy between T. B.'s sons, particularly between Willis and Clinton, is evident throughout both this section and the others. The continual bickering and infighting came to bear significantly upon the sons' careers and upon RRLC affairs.

Clinton was married (ca. 1901) to Della Brooks, a sister of Alma (Mrs. Willis J.) Walker. They had three children: son Brooks Walker (1902-1984), and daughters Harriet E. Walker Henderson (1904-) and Alma Virginia Walker Hearst McKeever (1908-). Della later married James Van Löben Sels.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Barlow Walker (1840 - 1928)
  Harriet Granger Hulet Walker (1841 - 1917)
 
 Spouse:
  Della Brooks Walker Van Loben Sels (1878 - 1978)
 
 Children:
  Alma Virginia Walker (1908 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  Gilbert Marshal Walker (1864 - 1928)*
  Julia Anstis Walker Smith (1865 - 1951)*
  Leon B. Walker (1868 - 1887)*
  Harriet Walker Holman (1870 - 1904)*
  Willis J. Walker (1873 - 1943)*
  Clinton Lee Walker (1876 - 1944)
  Archie Dean Walker (1882 - 1971)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lakewood Cemetery
Minneapolis
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA
 
Created by: DaveVangsness
Record added: Jul 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28043741
Clinton Lee Walker
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Clinton Lee Walker
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Clinton Lee Walker
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