Ernest M. Walker was born in Lovell, Maine April 24, 1865, the son of the late Seth Walker and Mary Ellen (Mason) Walker. In his early boyhood his parents came to Bethel here his father engaged in the hardware and lumbering business.

Mr. Walker has always interested himself in matters of a public nature and all things pertaining to the town’s welfare. He is president of the Bethel National Bank (1931) and secretary of the Board of Trustees of Gould Academy. He is a Shriner, a 32d degree Mason and has advanced through the York and Scottish rites of that order.

Mr. Walker was educated in the Bethel schools, graduated from Gould Academy, and took a course at Gray’s Business College. Following school he became connected with his father’s business. When the hardware branch of the business was sold to N.F. Brown, he continued with his father in the lumbering interests and still has timber tracts in various parts of Oxford County.

Mr. Walker later associated himself with the well known firm of Byron Greenbough & Co. of Portland, with whom he remained for some 25 years until his father’s health made it necessary for him to return to his home in Bethel.

He is a charter member of the Bethel Lions Club and a member of the United Commercial Travelers. In politics he is a Republican and has always been a ready worker for party interests. He is a Universalist and has long been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bethel Universalist Church.

For some years past Mr. Walker has spent his winters in Florida where he is interested to some extent in growing citrus trees.





Ernest Walker—Prominent Main Street Resident 1931