Solano County

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Walter F. Parker, tax collector in and for Solano county, and a veteran of the World war, is a native of this county, where he is widely known, and his interests ever have centered here. He was born at Fairfield, January 21, 1891, and is a son of William T. and Emma (McDermott) Parker, the latter of whom also was born in Solano county, a daughter of G. W. McDermott, one of the pioneer farmers of this region, who crossed the plains and the mountains into California in 1850 and established his home here. William T. Parker, the proprietor of an extensive sheep ranch near Fairfield and one of Solano county's substantial citizens, was born in the village of Troy, Davis county, in the southeastern part of Iowa, and has been a resident of California since 1874.

Reared at Fairfield, Walter F. Parker attended the schools of that place, and as a young man he was employed in the operations of the Pacific Portland Cement Company there. In 1914 he had his introduction to public service when he received an appointment as deputy to the county auditor and entered upon his duties in that connection in the courthouse at Fairfield. He was serving in that public capacity when war was declared, and in 1917 he became a member of the United States Naval Reserve Force. In 1922 Mr. Parker was elected tax collector in and for Solano county, and on January 1, 1923, he entered upon the duties of that office, his term to run for four years, or until January 1, 1927. With businesslike directness Mr. Parker has made several changes for the better in the administration of the affairs of this office, one of the most popular of which is the plan he put in force of mailing to the taxpayers their tax statements, a method which universally has been declared an improvement over the old system which compelled those interested to call at the collector's office for their statements or to send in for them. In addition to his official duties Mr. Parker also has an interest in his father's sheep ranch, to which he has given a good deal of intelligent attention, and he is achieving recognition as one of the well informed young sheep men of this region.

In 1917, at Vallejo, Mr. Parker was united in marriage to Miss Elinor Hogan, who was born in that city, a daughter of Daniel Hogan, and they reside in Vallejo, at No. 123 Alameda street. Mr. and Mrs. Parker have three children: Walter, William and Elinor. Mr. Parker is a member of Vallejo Post No. 104, American Legion, and he belongs to Vallejo Lodge No. 559, B. P. O. E., in 1925 having been honored by that lodge by election to the post of exalted ruler.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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