Walker, L. C. (Louis Carlisle), 1875-1963

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Muskegon, Michigan equipment manufacturer.

From the description of Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34420843

From the description of Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 78784678

Louis C. Walker was an internationally known industrialist and philanthropist from Muskegon, Michigan. He was born January 8, 1875 in Farmington, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1896. In 1899, he co-founded with Arch W. Shaw the Shaw-Walker Company, manufacturers of office furniture, equipment, and supplies. He became sole owner of the company in 1902 when Shaw retired. The company, which began with the manufacture of a box to file 3 by 5 cards, grew quickly with an ever expanded product line. These included a payroll sytem, the 29-inch high office desks, fire-proof file cabinets, and various supplies for libraries.

More than a businessman, Walker played a key role in the economic and civic life of the city of Muskegon. He was officer of the Hackley Union National Bank from 1929 to 1958. He helped to organize the Muskegon Federal Savings and Loan Association, serving as its president until 1948. Interested also in the city's schools, Walker was a member of the Muskegon Board of Education from 1917 to 1927, and was a supporter while on the board of the Hackley Library and the Hackley Art Gallery.

A lifelong Republican, Walker served his party at the local and state level. He was a delegate to the GOP national conventions in 1936 and 1948. As an intimate of Herbert Hoover, Walker was named vice-chairman of the President's job-sharing recovery program in 1932, and in 1949 he was a member of the citizens' committee for reorganization of the executive branch of government which sought adoption of the Hoover Commission report.

Walker's thought son job sharing were in part based on the ideas proposed in his book, Distributed leisure wherein he discussed the concept that leisure was a product of industry as well as manufactured items. His work-sharing ideas were intended to alleviate some of the joblessness of the depression years. The concept received wide recognition and Walker was appointed to a national committee to discuss the applicability of job sharing on a national level.

Walker was a member of numerous other civic organizations, including the Greater Muskegon Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Muskegon War Chest campaigns. Among his many gifts to his adoped community was the L.C. Walker Sports Arena. Walker died October 5, 1963.

From the guide to the Louis Carlisle Walker papers, 1881-1963, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alger, Frederick M. (Frederick Moulton), 1907-1967. person
associatedWith American National Red Cross. corporateBody
associatedWith American Red Cross. corporateBody
associatedWith Avery, Sewell Lee, 1873-1960. person
associatedWith Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1889-1968. person
associatedWith Blodgett, John W. (John Wood), 1860-1951. person
associatedWith Brownell, Herbert, 1904- person
associatedWith Brownell, Herbert, 1904-1996. person
associatedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968. person
associatedWith Bush, Prescott Sheldon, 1895-1972. person
associatedWith Clark, Tom C. (Tom Campbell), 1899-1977. person
associatedWith Dávila, Carlos G., 1887-1955. person
associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Dirksen, Everett McKinley. person
associatedWith Dirksen, Everett McKinley. person
associatedWith Donnelley, T. E. (Thomas Elliott), 1867-1955. person
associatedWith Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969. person
associatedWith Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Ferguson, Homer, 1888-1982. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank D. (Frank Dwight), 1885-1939. person
associatedWith Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939 person
associatedWith Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957. person
associatedWith George, Walter F. (Walter Franklin), 1878-1957. person
associatedWith Gifford, Walter S. (Walter Sherman), 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Hall, Leonard W. (Leonard Wood), 1900-1979. person
associatedWith Hay, Regina, 1896- person
associatedWith Henry Regnery Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
associatedWith Hunt, Roy Arthur, 1881-1966. person
associatedWith Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, B. E. (B. Edwin), 1888-1961. person
associatedWith Jenner, William E. (William Ezra), 1908-1985. person
associatedWith Kellogg, W. K. (Will Keith), 1860-1951. person
associatedWith Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971. person
associatedWith Lamont, Robert P. (Robert Patterson), 1867-1948. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Howard C. (Howard Cyrus), 1890-1961. person
associatedWith McElroy, Neil H. (Neil Hosler), 1904-1972. person
associatedWith Moley, Raymond, 1886-1975. person
associatedWith Moley, Raymond L., 1886- person
associatedWith National Taft-for-President Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965. person
associatedWith Reece, B. Carroll (Brazilla Carroll), 1889-1961. person
associatedWith Reece, Carroll, 1889- person
associatedWith Republican Party (Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Richey, Lawrence, 1885-1959. person
associatedWith Ruthven, Alexander Grant, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Sargent, Noel, 1894-1971. person
associatedWith Sargent, Noel Charrett, 1894- person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, d. 1950. person
associatedWith Shaw-Walker Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw-Walker Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Shaw-Walker Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Sigler, Kim, b. 1894. person
associatedWith Sloan, Alfred P. (Alfred Pritchard), 1875-1966. person
associatedWith Summerfield, Arthur E. (Arthur Ellsworth), 1899-1972. person
associatedWith Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953. person
associatedWith Teagle, Walter C. (Walter Clark), 1878-1962. person
associatedWith United States. Shipping Board. corporateBody
associatedWith Utley, Freda, 1898-1978. person
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898- person
associatedWith Wallace, DeWitt, 1889-1981. person
associatedWith Wood, Robert E. person
associatedWith Wood, Robert E. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Muskegon (Mich.)
Muskegon (Mich.)
Muskegon (Mich.)
Authors, American
Authors, American
Job sharing
Job sharing
Office equipment and supplies
Red Cross and Red Crescent
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1875-01-08

Death 1963-10-05


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