Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Walter Carroll Phillips (My Maternal Grandfather)


  Walter Carrol Phillips was born in San Francisco California on 7 July 1902. He was the fifth child of six born to Walter John Phillips and Mary Smith (Subjects of earlier posts), and would be the only son to reach adulthood. 
  By the age of two, Walter would lose his mother and two siblings, and would be raised by his father and three older sisters. He would go through the earthquake and fire of 1906 in San Francisco as a four year old. He grew up in San Francisco and attending Columbia Elementary School from 1908 to 1915, and Mission High School from 1916 to 1920 where he graduated.

  By 1920, Walter had move to Southern California, where he would work as a longshoreman for nine  years. He then  got into the petroleum industry in 1929 working first on oil derricks, and then into fueling ships in Long Beach and San Pedro California. When WWII came, he was classified as 3A (H) allowing him to continue his work in the petroleum industry. On 3 February 1943 Walter was hired by the Navy, fueling ships, and with the exception for one month in 1950 he would work as a Federal employee until 1 Dec 1960 when he retired on disability. 

  Walter married Agnes Hartnett (Subject of another post) in Riverside California on 25 June 1927 and the couple would have two daughters and one son. Walter would live his entire married life in Long Beach California where he died on 16 October 1967 at the age of sixty-five. Walter is buried beside his wife in Westminster California.

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