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Alberta, Past and Present, Historical and Biographical
Vol 3
Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker, city assessor of Edmonton, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 8th of February, 1881. The family home was at Newmilns and the public schools of the town afforded him his educational privileges. He started out to provide for his own support by working in the lace factory for a few years and later was employed in a clerical position in the Glenfield Engineering Works at Kilmarnock. He continued a resident of the land of hills and heather until 1905, when he came to the new world and made his way to Edmonton. In 1906 he entered the employ of the city government in the office of the secretary and treasurer. In the same year the office of assessor was established and he was appointed assistant in that connection. In 1912 he was advanced to the position of assessor and tax collector and through the intervening years has continuously served in this dual capacity, having now been incumbent in the office for eleven years. This is certainly indicative of the prompt, systematic and faithful manner in which he discharges his duties and all all who know aught of his official service speak of his work in terms of high regard.

Mr. Walker was married to Miss Margaret Shanks, also a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, and they have become the parents of three children: Margaret, Thomas and Mary. Mr. Walker belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the Scottish Rite degrees. He is also a consistent and faithful member of the Knox Presbyterian church, in which he is an elder, and vice president of the Brotherhood Society of that organization. A laudable ambition brought him to the new world and here he has improved and utilized his opportunities, finding the chances for advancement which he sought.


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