Death Summons Ernest Walling, Fresno Judge

Sudden Heart Attach Is Fatal To Veteran Attorney And Jurist

A heart attack today claimed the life of Albert Ernest Walling, 61, justice of the second department of the Fresno Justice Court and a practicing attorney since 1919.

Walling was ill only five hours before he died under an oxygen tent in the Bennett Sanitarium, where he was taken at 3:15 A.M.

In good health yesterday as he occupied the bench in his courtroom, Walling did not complain of illness until shortly after 1 o’clock this morning. Members of the family said that he had no previous serious trouble with his heart.

Walling was appointed to the justice court position in July of last year by the board of supervisors after a second department of the court had been provided by an amendment to the county charter. He married Mrs. Mittie E. Johnson on July 11th.

In Bar Since 1900

Walling had practiced law since 1900, when he was admitted to the bar while a resident of Eureka. He served as police judge in that city before moving to Fresno in 1919, and in this city served as chief deputy district under George R. Lovejoy and was the principal trial deputy in the prosecutor’s office.

Walling was born in St. Louis in 1876 and received his education in the public schools of that city. He came to California in 1900, settling in Eureka, where he studied under C.H. Connick, San Francisco and Eureka attorney.

Moving to Fresno in 1919, Walling maintained a private practice until appointed deputy district attorney. With the expiration of his in that office he returned to private practice, maintaining an office until last July, when he was sworn in as justice of the newly created justice court department.

Besides his widow, Walling is survived by his mother, Mrs. Malinda Walling, and three brothers, George R. Walling of Fresno, deputy United States marshal, and Jess Nelson Walling and J.C. Walling, both of Fowler.

The justice court position left vacation by Walling’s death will filled by appointment by the board of supervisors.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the chapel of Stephens & Bean, with Rev. Norman B. Henderson, past of the First Congregational Church, officiating. Burial in the Belmont Memorial Park will follow.

Source: The Fresno Bee-Republican, February 2, 1938.

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