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Robert Parker vineyardist near Anaheim, was born in Beverly Township, 1 .. Wentworth County, Canada, March 18, 1838, the third in a family of thirteen children of Robert and Ann (Stalker) Parker. He was brought up to steady work on a farm, with but limited schooling. In 1868 he came to California by steamer, followed mining a short time and then bought a Government title to 500 acres of land in Mariposa County. In 1871 he bought fifty-five acres where he now lives, a mile and a half north of Anaheim, and for several years he prospered in grape culture, until recently, when the vines died, and he is now devoting his attention to the cultivation of oranges and walnuts. Mr. Parker is a man of considerable experience and good judgment.
He is a member of Anaheim Lodge, No. 85, A. O. U. W., and of the Presbyterian Church; was one of the foremost in building the Presbyterian house of worship at Fullerton. Politically he is a zealous and able Prohibitionist, while his wife is an active worker in the W. C. T. U. at Fullerton, being now superintendent of the department of juvenile work.
Mr. Parker was first married in 1863, to Henrietta Patterson, a Canadian, by whom he had five children: Robert F., Donald, George, Mary M. (wife of Joseph Nichols of Santa Ana), and Louisa, who was drowned at the beach in 1888. January 15, 1882, Mr. Parker married Mrs. L. A. Keith, a native of the Indian Territory, born June 18, 1860. Her parents were Ira W. Wyman and Elizabeth Dunn, the former of English and the latter of German descent. Mr. Wyman met his death as a soldier in the late war. Mrs. Parker, by her former husband, H. P. Keith, had one son, named Minor L. By the present marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Parker, there are two children, Alice and Eleanor.