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Sullivan, Walter J.

Walter J. Sullivan has worked his way steadily upward to a position of prominence in business circles, being now president and manager of the Wallace Produce Company, the only concern of its kind in the Coeur d'Alene district. His birth occurred at Orillia, Ontario, Canada, on the 5th of January, 1882, his parents being John and Mary (Cosgrove) Sullivan. He supplemented his early education by a two years' academic course in the Toronto University and in 1900, when a youth of eighteen, entered the employ of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company as a clerk in their office at Moorhead, Minnesota. Six years later he was acting as their ticket agent at Fargo, North Dakota. In 1906 he went to Winnipeg, Manitoba, as city ticket agent for the Soo Line, there remaining for about a year and a half. Late in the year 1907 he came to Wallace, Idaho, as the Wallace agent of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, serving in that capacity for twelve months. In 1908 he entered the service of the Wallace Produce Company, then under the management of Fred J. Day, acting as bookkeeper for one year. In 1909 having demonstrated his fitness for the position, he was made manager of the concern and on the 1st of January, 1911, was chosen president, the other officers being as follows: J. W. Tabor, vice president; and R. T. Dillworth, of Spokane, secretary and treasurer. The Wallace Produce Company, an incorporated concern, handles produce of all kinds and is the only enterprise of this character in the Coeur d'Alene district.
On the 18th of August, 1906, Mr. Sullivan was united in marriage to Miss Jane Christianson, of St. Paul, Minnesota. Fraternally he is identified with the Knights of Columbus at Wallace, being now the deputy grand knight. His life record is an excellent illustration of the fact that in America there is opportunity for all and that labor is king in this land, 'for his untiring diligence has been the key which has unlocked for him the portals of success.

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