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Male, Canada/US, born 1864-01-18, died 1936-04-29

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Weeks and Weeks, Architects; Weeks, William H., Architect


Professional History

Résumé

William Weeks lived and worked in Oakland, CA, in 1892-1894.

Principal, William H. Weeks, Architect, Watsonville, CA, 1894-c. 1916. When he first came to Watsonville, he leased office space in the Pajaro Valley Bank Building.

Principal, William H. Weeks, Architect, San Francisco, CA, 1916- . Weeks opened an office at 75 Post Street according to the San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1916, p. 2078.) In 1921, Weeks had an office at 75-77 Post Street in San Francisco. (SeeSan Francisco, California, City Directory, 1921, p. 1527.) Flooded with commissions, he opened other offices, including one in Oakland c. 1924 in Room #801 of the Tribune Tower. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1924, p. 1933.) He also had a branch in San Jose, CA.

During the booming construction year of 1928, W.H. Weeks had two offices operating, one in Oakland in Room #904 in the California Building, 1736 Franklin Street, and one in San Francisco, at 111 Sutter Street. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1928, p. 1504.) This two-office arrangement continued into 1930. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1930, p. 1397.)

By 1933-1934, in the midst of the Depression, he was back down to one office, located at 525 Market Street in San Francisco. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1933, p. 775 and Oakland, California, City Directory, 1934, p. 817.)

Education

High School/College

Coursework, Brinker Academy, Denver, CO, c. 1880. According to Weeks's biographer, the Brinker Academy operated between 1880 and 1889, and "...had nine departments, including primary, intermediate and collegiate courses, plus 'mental, moral sciences and evidences of Christianity.'" (See Betty Lewis, W.H. Weeks, [Fresno, CA: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1989, Second Edition].)

Personal

Relocation

Born in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, in 1864, William Weeks's family moved to Denver, CO, where he attended boarding school from 1880-1889; the Weeks Family then moved to Wichita, KS, where Richard and William worked in the construction trade; they then moved to Tacoma, WA; William H. Weeks married Maggie Haymaker, in 1891, in Charlestown, IN.

Weeks, his bride and his parents lived for a time in Tacoma, before moving again to Oakland, CA, in the early 1890s. In 1892-1894, they resided at 1264 Franklin Street in Oakland. (See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1892, p. 522. and Oakland, California, City Directory, 1894, p. 429.) He relocated to Watsonville in 1894, and remained in this city until 1917.

In 1900, the US Census recorded that Weeks, his wife and two sons, resided on Jefferson Street in Watsonville, CA. At this time, the household also included a 14-year-old servant, Effie Byer (born 05/1886 in CA-d. 1905 in Santa Cruz, CA). (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1905-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 03/15/2017.) The family continued to live on Jefferson Street in Watsonville as per the 1910 US Census. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Watsonville Ward 2, Santa Cruz, California; Roll: T624_107; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0135; FHL microfilm: 1374120, accessed 03/15/2017.)

In 1917-1918, he resided at 79 Bayo Vista Avenue in Oakland, CA. (See Polk-Husted Directory Company, Oakland, California, City Directory, 1917, p. 1360 and Polk-Husted Directory Company, Oakland, California, City Directory, 1918,p. 1148.) The 1920 US Census confirmed that he lived at 79 Bayo Vista, with his wife and five children.(See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Oakland, Alameda, California; Roll: T625_89; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 279, accessed 03/22/2017.) He continued to live on Bayo Vista in 1921. (SeeSan Francisco, California, City Directory, 1921, p. 1527.)

Weeks lived at 800 Highland Avenue in Piedmont, CA, nearby to Oakland, by 1924.(See Oakland, California, City Directory, 1924, p. 1933.)

He diedat age 72 in his Piedmont home from complications from a heart attack, suffered in 11/1935, but was buried in the Pioneer Cemetery, Watsonville, CA.

Parents

Father: Richard Weeks, a builder and designer; mother: Margaret Weeks; William Weeks had a brother, Hammond, and two sisters, Ida Weeks Covell and Jean Weeks Steinhauser. At William's death, his sisters both resided in Watsonville, while Hammond lived in Oakland.

Spouse

William H. Weeks married Maggie Haymaker, (born 1864 in IN-died CA 1942) in either Charlestown, IN, or Jeffersonville, IN, (both are located nearby to each other just to the north of Louisville, KY,) on 03/12/1891.

Children

He and Maggie had five children, only two of whom were alive in 1900. They included Harold Henry Weeks (1895-1948), Foster B. Weeks (1896-1946). By 1910, Maggie had had three more children, Margaret Taggart Weeks (1901-1986), Arthur Edward Weeks (1904-1945), and Alice Norris Weeks Halsall (1906-1982).

In 1920, Harold worked as an architect, and Foster worked as an superintendent in a hospital. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Oakland, Alameda, California; Roll: T625_89; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 74; Image: 279, accessed 03/22/2017.)

At his death in 1936, Alice Weeks was known as Mrs. John Lorrin, and she resided in Oakland.

Biographical Notes

"He [Weeks] was responsible for no less than 91 homes or remodeling designs in the Pajaro Valley alone, many for the wealthy and prominent Watsonville pioneer families." See: http://www.redmanhouse.com/WeeksHistory.htm accessed 10/28/2008.

The prime resource for research on Weeks is Betty Lewis, W.H. Weeks, (Fresno, CA: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1989, Second Edition).

According to voting records in Santa Cruz County, CA, in 1896, W.H. Weeks stood 6-feet tall, and had a light complexion, light hair and blue eyes. Born in Canada, he claimed US citizenship through the naturalization of his father. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 127; FHL Roll Number: 978581, accessed 03/16/2017.) The 1920 US Census indicated that he was naturalized in 1887.



Associated Locations

  • Piedmont, CA (Architect's Death)
    Piedmont, CA

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PCAD id: 1345


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