Abt 1908 - 1994 (~ 86 years)
||Herman Leo WALKER |
||Lowndes County, Georgia
||tomato business owner |
||30 Jun 1994
||Dade County, Florida
||5 Jul 1994
||Woodlawn Park Cemetery South, Miami, Florida
- "He delivered papers [for the Miami Herald] in his Model T Ford. It was called the dawn-breaker," said daughter Lynn Walker French. "He used to tell us how the feds chased him because they thought he was a moonshiner."
While working as a carrier, he crushed his right foot in a motorcycle accident.
The accident eventually led to him leaving The Herald to work at Kerr Farms in Homestead, where he learned about the tomato business. During the early 1950s, he started his own tomato business in Perrine. It was named the Big W Farm.
"As the business expanded, he added the Herman Walker Tomato Co. as the packing end of the business and kept the Big W Farm as the farming end of the business," French said.
He retired in 1990 when he sold the business. The name, Herman Walker Tomato Co., remained.
Walker received numerous awards throughout the years for his contributions to South Florida agriculture. He received a commendation from Dade County in 1990 and a proclamation in May 1991 from Gov. Lawton Chiles. "He was extremely thrilled and very honored," said French. "He said he thought his parents would be proud of him."
After his retirement, he was awarded the Dade County Farm Bureau Hall of Honor Award for his contribution to Dade County agriculture. Three months ago, he received the Dade County Pioneer Agriculturist Award.
Walker was also past charter member of the South Miami and Perrine Rotary clubs, a member of the Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce and vice-chairman of the Florida Tomato Committee for 10 years.
||28 Jul 2010 |
||Wedding of Dale Fallo and Beate von Maur|
L-R: Lynn Walker French, Margot Walker, Herman Walker, Beate von Maur, Dale Fallo, Lucile Slay Fallo, Dominic Fallo, Dane Fallo (At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.)
Taken at wedding of Dale Fallo and Beate von Maur