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Male, US, born 1846-02-18, died 1901-10-31

Associated with the firms network

Capitain and Burton, Architects; Capitain and Krempel, Architects; Leonardt, Carl, Building Contractor


Professional History

Résumé

Capitain worked as an architect in Saint Louis, MO, in 1880.

Partner, Capitain and Burton, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1888-1889. Capitain and Burton had their office at 13 West 2nd Street in Los Angeles in 1888. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1888, p. 768.) They were no longer partners by 1890.

Partner, Capitaln and Krempel, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1895-1896. In 1896, Capitain and Krempel had their architectural office in the Phillips Block #1, Rooms #63-64, at 13 North Spring Street. (See Maxwell's Los Angeles Directory, 1896, p. 353.)

Personal

Relocation

In 1880, Capitain lived with his family in Saint Louis, MO, where he worked as an architect. At this time, Capitain was prosperous enough to afford a 19-year-old servant, Noah Ferguson (born c. 1861 in IN) and had a house guest, Michael Lutz, a farmer, (born c. 1828 in Wittenberg, Germany). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Central, St Louis, Missouri; Roll: 715; Family History Film: 1254715; Page: 77A; Enumeration District: 174; Image: 0574, accessed 04/03/2017.)

He resided at 1202 Grand Avenue in Los Angeles in 1892. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 20; FHL Roll Number: 976929, accessed 04/03/2017.)

Parents

His father was Adam Capitain (born 09/20/1814 in Germany); he wed Christine Aumann Pauli (born 03/20/1813 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany) on 04/26/1841.

Spouse

He married Sophie Watson Capitain (born c. 1846 in MO).

The Capitain Family became embroiled in a long and very complex legal battle over the sale of real estate held in trust for Sophia and her heirs. Sophia's father Ringrose Watson set aside 33 acres of Saint Louis County land in a real estate trust for her use and that of her heirs in 1869. Frank J. Capitain served as the trust's trustee from 1879 until 1889, when he and his family moved from Saint Louis to Los Angeles. The court appointed a man named John G. Priest to be trustee in Saint Louis. In about 1890, Sophia became mentally ill, and some of the estate was spent on her medical care. The Southwestern Reporter stated: "...that under the orders of the said circuit court the said [John G.] Priest had incumbered a part of such real estate for the support and maintenance of the said Sophia; that said incumbrance was due as well as other charges upon said real estate; that the rents and profits from said real estate were insufficient to discharge said liens; that the said Sophia and her children were without mean of support; that there was then due for medical attention to the said Sophia the sum of $4,000." In 1892, the real estate in the trust was sold for $48,000 and some of the proceeds ($35,000), after paying off creditors, were reinvested by the trustee. Problems with the land titles resulted in several court cases that did not get fully resolved until 1917.

Sophia recovered her sanity in 1905, but passed away in 1908, nine years before legal settlement of among the children, Priest and a subsequent trustee, the Mississippi Valley Trust Company, and companies involved in the original and subsequent Saint Louis land sales. (See Priest v. Capitain, 236 Mo. 446, 139 S.W. 204; Capitain v. Trust Co., 240 Mo. 484, 144 S.W. 466; Capitain v. Trust Co., 177 S.W. 628; Priest v. Capitain, 197 S.W. 83.)

After Frank's death, Sophie was forced to move frequently. She lived at 241 West 23rd Street in 1903 (see Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1903, p. 247),308 West 12th Street in Los Angeles in 1904 (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1904, p. 252.),646 Koehler a year later. (SeeLos Angeles, California, City Directory, 1905, p. 267), and 1122 East 33rd Street (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1907, p. 271.)

Children

In 1880, he and Sophie had two daughters--Mannette Capitain Raab (born c. 1871 in MO-d. 1910) and Isabelle Mary Capitain Clemons (born c. 1879 in MO-d. 1973)--and one son, Ringrose John Capitain (born 10/29/1876 in MO-d. 1942 in Los Angeles, CA). The unusual name "Ringrose" was the first name of Sophia Watson's father.

In 1896, Mannette lived with Frank and his family at 1202 Grand Avenue in Los Angeles. (See Maxwell's Los Angeles Directory, 1896, p. 353.

Ringrose worked as a carpenter for Carl Leonhardt and lived at 1608 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles in 1904. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1904, p. 252.)Ringrose worked as a clerk for Louis Roeder, Jr., and resided at 231 West 15th Street in Los Angeles in 1905. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1905, p. 267.) He again was listed as a carpenter in 1907, living at 1510 South Grand Avenue. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1907, p. 271.)

In 09/1918, Ringrose worked as a draftsman for Globe Mills in Los Angeles, and was married to Rose P. Capitain, who lived at 1121 West 17th Street in Los Angeles. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Registration State: California; Registration County: Los Angeles; Roll: 1530896; Draft Board: 11, accessed 04/03/2017.)

Biographical Notes

Capitain was born in Germany and his name was originally "Franz Joseph Capitain."

At age 46, the architect stood 5-feet, 9-inches tall, with a light complexion, blue eyes and light hair, according to Los Angeles County voting records. The records indicated that, in 1892, he had an affidavit that attested to his loss of citizenship papers. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 20; FHL Roll Number: 976929, accessed 04/03/2017.)



Associated Locations

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