Walter Brown was born in Frederick Co., VA during the Civil War. His older brother fought in the Confederate Army. Walter came to California in the early 1890's from Nebraska. He married Lydia Comstock in Nebraska and had six children who were raised in CA.
Fresno Bee (Fresno, California) March 4, 1934 (Sunday) "Walter B. Kerns Is Summond By Death.
Funeral services for Walter Brown Kerns, 72, a former motorman for the Fresno Traction Company, who died yesterday at his home at 3625 Nevada Avenue, will be held at 2 P.M. to-morrow at the chapel of J. N. Lisle. Burial will be in Belmont Memorial Park. He was born in West Virginia and had lived in California for forty-five years.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Dora Kerns; four sons, Raymond and Walter Kerns of Oakland, and Merl and Forest Kerns of Richmond and two daughtgers, Mrs. Margery Fisher of Los Angeles and Mrs. Grace Hall of Arkansas."