Glendale, California Biographies

Joseph M. Banker

††††††††††† Joseph M. Banker, who served as Building Inspector for the city for eight years, and also filled the office of acting City Recorder for a time, was born at Middletown, Ohio, September 3, 1861. His father was J. S. Banker, and his motherís maiden name was Lavina Lucas. His father and mother were natives of Middletown, Ohio, and their parents were among the early settlers of that part of the state. In 1876 the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where the subject of this sketch finished his high school education. He farmed in Kansas until 1885, when the family came to Glendale to live. Mr. Banker was one of four children, the otherís being: Julia (now Mrs. W. G. Shaw), Harry C., who died in 1919; and Samuel, who died while the family resided in Kansas.

††††††† Mr. Banker farmed for a time and clerked in a grocery store in Los Angeles for four years, since which time he has been a contractor and builder, with the exception of the time he was in the employ of the city. Fraternally, Mr. Banker is an Odd Fellow, and is a Past Grand of Glendale Lodge, No. 338, I.O.O.F. He is a charter member of the Baptist Church, and has belonged to the official family of the church since its organization.

††††††† In 1898 Mr. Banker married Eva Byram, a daughter of Ellias T. and Huldah (Miller) Byram. A sketch of Mr. Byram appears elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Banker is a charter member of the Tuesday Afternoon Club, and was one of the number at the afternoon party at which the club was started, and is the only one of that number who has held a continuous membership.

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. pg. 463.