About Walter Herron
Teamster for the Reed Family. Survived.
When James F. Reed was banished in October his teamster Walter Herron accompanied him to California. After arriving at Sutter’s Fort, Reed attempted to raise a relief party to take supplies to the Donner Party, but had little success, for the Mexican War had broken out and most of the able-bodied men had enlisted. Herron joined Company B of the California Battalion and apparently had no further contact with his former traveling companions.
In the fall of 1847 Herron assisted Jasper O’Farrell in surveying the site of Stockton and may have traveled with O’Farrell to survey other areas of Northern California for a year or two. In February 1849 Herron and O’Farrell are listed among those elected delegates from Sonoma to the provisional government, along with William McCutchen, Mariano G. Vallejo, Lilburn W. Boggs, Stephen Cooper, and other familiar names.
Herron returned to Stockton to live and was elected San Joaquin County surveyor in 1850. He also served as the first recorder for the city of Stockton. In 1852 Herron went East. returning via the Isthmus of Panama, where he heard that there were good opportunities for civil engineers in Tehuantepec. On his return he spent only a week or so in Stockton settling up his affairs and on January 1, 1853, set off once more for Mexico. He wrote to a friend after arriving in Acapulco in February but was never heard from again; he was declared dead in 1860.