Firemen’s Nestor Dead
Walter Henry Riker, the oldest chief of volunteer firemen in America, died after a brief illness of general debility in the Masonic Home Philadelphia. He took part in many of the biggest fires in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. He was a conspicuous figure in the jubilee parade at the Centennial in Philadelphia, and at the celebration of founders’ week four years ago he rode at the head of the firemen in the parade. After he left the service and until June 22, 1904, he was in business as a real estate broker. He was born in New York. April 9, 1822, and spent the greater part of his life here.