Walk: Longtime SCV Resident Dies.
The Signal | December 24, 1986.
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A Santa Clarita Valley old-timer died Saturday [December 20, 1986] after an extended illness.
George Vernon Walk, known to family and friends as Bob, lived in the SCV for 75 years. In April he was interviewed by a Signal staff writer to find out about the changes he had witnessed and the life he lived. The following are some of Walk's recollections.
Walk was born in Downey on June 13, 1901.
He first viewed the valley when he was 5 years old, and he and his father drove a buckboard from Downey in search of a piece of land.
Walk's father, Albert, found a $300, 15-acre plot on Fremont Pass that became the family home [sic: Newhall Pass; the actual Fremont Pass was about one-quarter mile to the east].
To make the move from the Los Angeles area up to the pass, Walk's father hired a neighbor with a team of horses to pull a flatbed wagon to the ranch. The trip was not easy, and the Walks had to use some ingenuity to make it to their destination.
At one point, the family came to a creek that had lost its bridge in a spring flood. The troop traveled downstream to a place where the creek bottom was shallow and sandy. Timber was cut and laid on the creek bottom to make a firm base for the wagon to cross. The Walks finally arrived at their land late in the night.
Walk's first years in Fremont Pass were spent hauling lumber from San Fernando with his father. The Walks lived in tents while their family home was being built by Bob and his dad.
Getting to their land the first night was a lesson in bridge building; getting back and forth from San Fernando was a lesson in determination.
At the time Walk was helping build the family home, the only way to Newhall from the San Fernando Valley was over the very steep and treacherous, hand-dug Fremont Pass. Walk and his father would stop the wagon before the worst part of the climb and, to eliminate the possibility of slipping back down the grade, would fasten a railroad tie from the back wheels.
During Prohibition, Walk got his first job playing piano in a bootlegging bar. He worked at the Sunshine Inn, pounding keys for $15 a week.
Walk met his wife, Nell Gordon, when he was 23 years old. They were married in 1926, one year after they met.
All three of Walk's children — Vernon, Betty and Ruth — were delivered at the family home at Fremont Pass.
Walk was given the deed to his parents' land several years after his marriage. As traffic flow increased between the two valleys, Walk saw that the Sierra Highway plot could he used to meet the needs of some of the drivers. In the early '20s he became the owner and operator of a service station at 22117 [sic: 22127] Sierra Hwy.
There were no service stations for miles on Walk's stretch of the highway. Walk had a garage, a sandwich shop and several oak-shaded picnic tables that were used as a rest stop for travelers.
Walk remained owner of the land and station but worked as an experimental mechanic for Lockheed Corp. for 20 years.
Walk was a Tiler for the San Fernando Lodge 343 of the Free and Accepted Masons for 35 years. In 1963, he was presented with the Hiram Award, one of the organization's highest honors.
[...] He is survived by his daughter Betty Gregg of Canada, his son Vernon G. Walk of Newhall, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.