The Smith sons took an active role in Red River Lumber Company affairs, in addition to carrying on the business of Smith & Sons Investment Company. Holman left the active ministry in 1894 because of failing health, and he and Harriet, who evidently was also in poor health, spent the next several years travelling in the Southwest in a horse-drawn wagon and camping out in a tent in an effort to alleviate their suffering. He became treasurer of the Red River Lumber Company in 1898, and its vice president and treasurer circa 1930. Louis Park), and the Thompson Wagon Company; the Minneapolis Land & Investment Company; the Hennepin Paper Company; the Lassen Electric Company (Susanville, California); the Minneapolis Central City Market Company; the Northeastern Ry. 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. This was probably done at the insistence of the family's Minneapolis bankers. Taylor was secretary-treasurer from 1884 to 1894, and Fletcher served as treasurer from 1898 until 1950. Walker also purchased all of the timber owned by the estate of Levi Butler. Campbell apparently was instrumental in carrying out much of the field work necessary to T. Walker's land acquisition program, such as getting deeds signed and acquiring scrip certificates. One of Fletcher's letters is written on the reverse side of a 1916 issue of (Vol. Many of the letters are handwritten, with Fletcher's poor spelling, and are difficult to read. Also present is some personal correspondence between Fletcher and his parents; family photographs; and subject files, among them one containing information about the 1929 death of Fletcher Jr. Included also are some information about certain of the other Walker business interests, the T. With the exception of the letterpress books, these are not actually Willis' own papers, but are instead files that were assembled by and kept in the Minneapolis office of Red River Lumber Company; they consist primarily of material sent to Minneapolis by Willis after his move to San Francisco in 1915. Mc Cannel has indicated that, to her knowledge, Willis' own papers are no longer in existence. The family moved from Minneapolis to Pasadena, California around 1926. She married Frederick ("Fred") Opal Holman (1857-1897), pastor of the Hennepin Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church (Minneapolis), in 1893. Louis Park, Minnesota), the Minneapolis Jarless Spring Carriage Company (St. After 1913, Clinton occasionally did work for his father and for the Red River Lumber Company on a job-by-job basis, although he seems to have devoted most of his time to his inventions. The construction of the Westwood mill was more or less complete by 1918. Barlow Realty Company was organized in December 1932, for the purpose of acquiring and managing all of the real estate owned by the Red River Lumber Company in the city of Minneapolis. Winton interests, as well as information about the 1933 management shakeup wherein Archie Walker replaced his brother Willis as president of the company in an effort to placate the Walker's bankers. This may be the only example of this newsletter or newspaper extant in the collection. Walker papers consist largely of correspondence relating to Willis' executive oversight of Red River Lumber Company affairs, particularly the company finances and its operation at Westwood, California. There are some subject files related to Willis' personal affairs and the execution of his estate. In 1915 Walker purchased the Thomas Lowry house, at #2 Groveland Terrace. She served for many years as a director of the Red River Lumber Company, although she apparently took little or no active part in its business affairs or in formulating its policies. Family memorabilia in the collection indicate that Ernest F. 1952), a Minneapolis dealer in mortgages and insurance. He served as president of the Hennepin Lumber Company (Minneapolis), circa 1905-circa 1919; president of the Lincoln Trust and Savings Bank (Minneapolis), circa 1920; vice president of the Lincoln National Bank (Minneapolis), circa 1922; president of the Lumbermens Finance Corporation, circa 1923-circa 1927; treasurer of the Arthur P. Fletcher resigned as vice president, treasurer, and director of the Red River Lumber Company in 1950. Walker Henderson (1904-) and Alma Virginia Walker Hearst Mc Keever (1908-). Archie Dean Walker (1882-1971) was the youngest and longest-surviving child of T. He served as Minneapolis-based secretary of the Red River Lumber Company from 1908 until July 1933, when he replaced his brother Willis as company president in a management shake-up to appease the Walkers' banker/creditors. A chapter of the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (4-Ls), a trade organization headquartered in Portland, Oregon, was established at Westwood in 1933. In 1892 the men drew up a formal partnership contract. Akeley died at Minneapolis in 1912 while on a visit there. The earliest of these letters (1899-1915) were assembled by the cataloger from random miscellany; the greater part of the business correspondence (1916-1941) was found intact and in relatively good order. Walker at the Red River Lumber Company Minneapolis office and Willis at the San Francisco office (after 1915). Harriet died in New York in 1917, while accompanying her husband on a business trip. In 1874 he constructed his first mansion, at 803 Hennepin Avenue; the house stood some forty years until it was demolished to make way for the State Theatre/Walker Building complex. Julia became president of the Bethany Home Association (Minneapolis) in 1917 after the death of her mother. 1914) and Caroline ("Carrie") Pieper Smith (1844-1923), natives of Pekin, Illinois; he was also a brother of Arthur Pieper Smith (d. Zimmer in Smith & Zimmer, Minneapolis manufacturers and jobbers of farm implements, buggies, and bicycles, circa 1893-1900. He was the Walker family representative on location in Westwood, which became his home beginning in 1912; he was there when the town was platted, the houses located, the mill constructed, and the first logs cut. ] as "a mechanical inventive genius" (Red River Lumber Company Subject Files: Winton), Fletcher continually advocated expansion and modernization of the operation, manufacturing and product line diversification, the investment of more money in the plant, and the purchase of additional equipment and machinery-- frequently in the face of objections from the Minneapolis office. Clinton was married (circa 1901) to Della Brooks, a sister of Alma (Mrs. They had three children: son Brooks Walker (1902-1984), and daughters Harriet E. He began his higher education at the University of Minnesota's College of Engineering, but by 1904 had transferred to Cornell University. Later that same year, the company had to ask its bondholders to grant time extensions on bonds then coming due. The records suggest that these lands were later quit-claimed by Gilbert, Willis, Archie, and possibly Fletcher to the Red River Lumber Company, which eventually quit-claimed them to Barlow. In August 1887, Walker and Akeley entered into a new contract under which Akeley bought a half interest in a long list of Walker and Red River Lumber Company lands. Walker managed and administered partnership affairs out of the Red River Lumber Company office at Minneapolis, apparently with the complete confidence of Akeley, who meanwhile occupied himself with his H. Akeley eventually retired from active business and moved to California. The foldered correspondence consists mostly of Willis' original letters to Minneapolis; carbon copies of Minneapolis' letters to Willis in San Francisco; and carbons sent to various members of the Walker family. The business correspondence consists primarily of letters exchanged between Archie D.
Harriet Hulet Walker (1870-1904), also referred to as "Hattie" and as "Harriet Jr.," was the fourth child born to T. Fred Holman died in 1897, apparently of tuberculosis. He supervised the mill at Akeley, (circa 1899-circa 1915). Company (Minneapolis), the Northern California Railroad Company, and the Piute Railroad; the Sugar Pine Sales Company; and the Westwood National Bank. By this time Clinton had also rejoined the Red River Lumber Company as a vice president ("2nd vice president" until 1933, "vice president" afterwards), which post he evidently held until his death in 1944. Walker's sons, particularly between Willis and Clinton, is evident throughout both this section and the others. The family was able to thwart a 1933 effort led by Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis president Edward W. Winton, as manager or president of the Red River Lumber Company. Willis served as chairman and vice president from the time of his 1933 ouster from the company presidency until his death in 1943. Walker apparently began his acquisition of Minnesota timberlands around 1870. Walker was represented by Henry Beard, a Washington, D. attorney and land solicitor, as well as by the Washington, D. law firm of Curtis & Burdett, who specialized in land and mining cases. Opsahl, a Bemidji, Minnesota realtor, began selling cutover Minnesota land for the Walkers around 1900, continuing to do so for several decades thereafter. The Red River Lumber Company had apparently let much of its Minnesota cutover lands go tax delinquent, except those with minerals or lake shore. Walker and Healy Cady Akeley (1836-1912), a Michigan lawyer and lumberman, first met in 1886 at Minneapolis when T. Walker dissuaded Akeley from building a sawmill on the Mississippi River at St. Instead, they began an informal business partnership to cut and sell logs. There is a 1942-1945 gap in the correspondence with Minneapolis, which recurs in several other sections of the Walker Papers. The papers have been divided into two series: Business Correspondence (letterpress and foldered correspondence) and Subject Files.To continue to provide its clients with the highest level of expertise and service, Walker Nell has established a board of directors to provide objective guidance to the firm and an additional set of resources and networks that can be called upon.In addition to Wayne Walker, the Walker Nell Board of Directors consists of accomplished professionals in a variety of fields. He was also involved in the Four Walkers and the Walker Associates family partnerships; the Federal Lumber Company, the International Lumber Company (Minneapolis), the Waland Lumber Company, and the Walker Hovey Lumber Company; the Canby Railroad Company (owned by the Waland and Walker-Hovey companies); the Minneapolis Esterly Harvester Company (St. Willis married Alma Brooks (1875-1981), a sister of Della Brooks (Mrs. Clinton Lee Walker (1876-1944) was the fifth son of T. In 1917 Clinton applied to join the Engineer Officers' Reserve Corps of the U. He invested in land of his own, and later (circa 1928) in motion picture making. The company cut its first California tree on September 10, 1912; the first California lumber was milled a few weeks later on October 1. Walker had relinquished much of his control of company management to his sons Gilbert, Fletcher, Willis, and Archie, and he seems to have become increasingly frustrated with his inability to completely control the business himself. By the early 1930s the Red River Lumber Company found itself in dire financial straits; in particular, it was unable to redeem bonds which it had earlier sold and which were then coming due. The Correspondence documents the Red River Lumber Company's efforts to survive the 1930s depression, and includes Fletcher's arguments against selling the Westwood plant to the David J. Willis was vice president of the Barlow Realty Company (circa 1936), and was involved in some of the other family-owned Minneapolis property management businesses, including the Pacific Investment Company and the Walker-Burton Company. They had one child, Leon Brooks Walker (1899-1965). In 1913 a disgruntled Clinton severed his official ties with the Red River Lumber Company and struck out in pursuit of other interests, principally the invention of automotive parts and accessories. Pennypacker, another inventor, in the Pennypacker Company, based in San Francisco; Clinton was president, Pennypacker was general manager. He served also at this time as "special negotiator" for the Great Western Power Company, San Francisco. The Red River Lumber Company was organized in 1883 and incorporated in 1884. The Red River Lumber Company began construction of its company town--Westwood--and its lumber mill at the "Mountain Meadows" site in southwestern Lassen County in 1912. Walker's son Clinton left the company in 1913, although he rejoined it in the 1930s. This left the active management of Red River Lumber Company affairs in the hands of Willis (San Francisco), who succeeded his father as president of the firm; Fletcher (Westwood); and Archie (Minneapolis). There is also correspondence with employees and former employees Emma L. There is some discussion concerning a 1937 suggestion by Fletcher that the company construct two additional sawmills in the Shingletown (California) area.