B. F. Walton was a farmer and fruit grower in Yuba City, largely responsible for the development of the peach canning industry in Sutter County.. An article called "Fruit and Vegetables", written by Walton, is available online. Walton Avenue is named for him. At one time he had 1,200 acres under cultivation and was the first president of the California Almond Growers Exchange and the Sutter Canning and Packing Company and was a director of the First National Bank of Yuba City (then called Farmers Co-Operative Union). He married Sarah E. Starr, half sister of A.D. Starr, owner of the Buckeye Mill in Marysville and later owner of the Starr wheat mills in Crockett and Vallejo.