From Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania:
George Leonard Walter, son of Peter and Anna B. (Neiderheiser) Walter, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1854, and was educated in the public schools of Allegheny City, whither his mother moved after the death of her husband. In 1869 he entered the University of Western Pennsylvania, leaving that institution in the following spring and beginning, as messenger boy, a ten years term of service in the Workmen's Savings Bank, spending the last three years of that period in the capacity of cashier, being at that time the youngest bank cashier in the State of Pennsylvania, his age being twenty-three years when he first assumed the responsibilities of that position. Leaving the employ of this bank he came to Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, there forming a partnership with a Mr. Darrow as Walter & Darrow, in the operation of a saw mill, an association that continued for six years. The system of floating logs from the forests down the rivers was then in use, and the saw mills on the lower waters did a thriving business. Later, when the saw mills invaded the regions of the lumber camps, the mills below automatically went out of business, and it was thus with that operated by Walter & Darrow. In 1885 Mr. Walter became a partner in the firm of Saint & Walter, owners of a planing mill, a connection that failing health compelled Mr. Saint to sever, Mr. Walter continuing in the same line alone, with excellent success. Ten years after its establishment the operation of this planing mill ceased, Mr. Walter forming the George L. Walter Lumber Company, of which flourishing company he has since been president, guiding the business that bears his name in an able and wise manner. Mr. Walter's services have been much in demand in an advisory capacity in other business enterprises, as well as an executive, and he is now president of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank, of Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania, an office he has held since 1905 ; vice-president of the Ward Motor Vehicle Company; president of the Aspinwall Land Company, of which he was an organizer, a company that promoted the town of Aspinwall, a village of many pleasing qualities ; and is a director of the Ward Baking Company, an extensive concern with main offices in New York City, controlling fourteen plants throughout the United States. As a member of the board of managers of the Allegheny County Industrial Institute, Mr. Walter has figured largely in the formation of the policy and the direction of the works of that institution, and is a member of the building committee of the same. For twenty years he was chairman of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church, and while still being a trustee he declined the chairmanship of that body. His fraternal order is the Masonic, to which he has belonged for nearly forty years, holding the Shriner's and the Templar's degrees. Mr. Walter's business career is one the perusal of which affords peculiar pleasure because of the fact that each improvement he has made in his material welfare is the result of certain well-defined causes, many found in the attributes of the man himself, chance or fortune playing but a small part in his attainment of prosperity and success. He is universally held in high regard, a loyal citizen, and a worthy member of his community.
He married, in 1884, Belle S. Kelly, of Salsburg. Pennsylvania, and has children: 1. George Leonard, Jr., was graduated A.B. from the University of Cornell, now a student of law m the University of Pittsburgh. 2. Howard K., a graduate of Cornell University, class of 1914.
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