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Male, Canada/US, born 1864-03-11, died 1930-10-18

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Eager and Eager, Architects; Hunt and Eager, Architects; Hunt, Eager and Burns, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, Buffalo, NY, c. 1885. He worked in Room #55 of the Chapin Block in Buffalo. (See Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1885, p. 400.)

Draftsman, G.W. Lloyd, Architect, Detroit, MI, 1887. (See Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1887, p,. 528.)

Principal, A. Wesley Eager, Architect, Palms, Los Angeles, CA, 1890. He was listed in the the Palm section of the Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1890, p. 405.

Draftsman, Mason and Rice, Architects, Detroit, MI, c. 1891-1892. (See Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1891, p. 425.)

Draftsman, Bacon and Huber, Architects, Toledo, OH, 1893-1896.(See Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1893, p. 376 Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1894, p. 387, Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1895, p. 407 and Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1896, p. 439.)

Partner, Hunt and Eager, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1899-12/1907.

Partner, Hunt, Eager and Burns, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 12/1907-1910.

Partner, Eager and Eager, Architects, Los Angeles, CA.

Personal

Relocation

Eager was born in Hamilton, ON, c. 1864. He lived in Hamilton, ON, until at least 1871 when the Canadian Census listed his family as living there.

He lived in Buffalo, NY by 1885 and roomed at 83 Lafayette Avenue in Detroit, MI, in 1887. (See Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1887, p,. 528.) Eager came to California in 1887, and married in Los Angeles, CA, in 1888. The architect was back in Detroit in 1891, where he lived at 29 Ash Street. (See Detroit, Michigan, City Directory, 1891, p. 425.) He appears to have remained in Detroit in 1892,where his son Wesley Waugh Eager was born, but moved 60 miles south to Toledo, OH, by 1893.In thatyear, he boarded at 555 West Washington Street in Toledo, OH. In 1894-1896,Eager lived at 1045 West Washington Street. (See Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1895, p. 407 and Toledo, Ohio, City Directory, 1896, p. 439.) His son, Myron Adelbert Eager, was born in Toledo in 1896.

In 1901, he made his home in Los Angeles, CA.

The US Census of 1910 reported that the Eager Family lived on Mesmer Avenue in Ballona Township of the Del Rey Precinct in what is now the western preriphery of Los Angeles. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Ballona, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_79; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0006; FHL microfilm: 1374092,accessed 01/15/2018.)

From at least 1920 until 1930, Eager and his wife lived at 212 Fowler Avenue in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. (See (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Venice, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T625_120; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 627,accessed 01/15/2018, andSanta Monica, Oceanpark, Venice, Sawtelle and Westgate, California, City Directory, 1923-1924, p. 188, and Santa Monica, California, City Directory, 1925, p. 278.) The 1930 US Census indicated that the Eagers owned this house that had an approximate value of $5,000. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 139; Page: 43A; Enumeration District: 0160; FHL microfilm: 2339874,accessed 01/15/2018.)

Eager died in Los Angeles on 10/18/1930.

Parents

His father, Henry Abraham Eager (born 04/01/1832 in Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland-d. 09/27/1909 in Hamilton, ON), worked as a civil servant in Hamilton, ON, Canada, according to the 1871 Census of Canada. His mother, Agnes White, (born 02/27/1832 in England-d. 06/14/1920 in Hamilton, ON), maintained a large household consisting of six children in 1871.The large family was prosperous enough to afford a Scottish-Canadian servant, Isabella McCallum, (born c. 1854 in ON, Canada).Wesley’s siblings in 1871 included two sisters, Hannah Eager, (born 09/27/1859 in ON, Canada), and A. Isabella Eager (born 08/23/1861 in ON, Canada), and three brothers, John Hudson Eager, (born 09/01/1857 in Hamilton, ON-d. 07/26/1902), Henry Thomas “Harry” Eager (b. 1863 in Hamilton, ON-d. 1915) and Morley Persie Eager, (born 07/29/1868 in Hamilton, ON-d. 1951) (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1871; Census Place: St Georges Ward, Hamilton, Ontario; Roll: C-9926; Page: 25; Family No: 94,accessed 01/15/2018.) Eventually, Utlimately, Agnes would have nine children, three born after 1871: Sidney Lawrence Eager (born 09/18/1871 in Hamilton, ON), Louis Elliot Eager (born 07/16/1873 in Hamilton, ON- d. 1933), and Frank Octavious Eager (born 01/14/1878 in Hamilton, ON-d. 1945).

A. Wesley Eager would work in an architectural partnership with Frank Octavious Eager after 1910.

Spouse

He wed Frances Elizabeth Harrison (born 10/10/1865 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England-d. 10/18/1941 in Los Angeles, CA) on 03/13/1888 in Los Angeles, CA. (The 1900 US Census recorded her birthday, however, as 10/17/1867.) Her parents were William Daniel Johnson Harrison (1834-1904) and Frances Wise (1836-1900).

Children

According to the 1900 US Census, he and Frances had five children. They included Gertrude Vaughn “Linda” Eager (born01/27/1889 in CA-d. 08/21/1952 in Los Angeles, CA), Frank Harrison Eager (born 07/09/1890 in Hamilton, ON-d. 04/05/1963 in Malibu, CA), Wesley Waugh Eager (born 09/20/1892 in Detroit, MI-d. 01/10/1948 in Los Angeles, CA),Myron Adelbert Eager (born c. 12/17/1896 in Toledo, OH-d. 02/16/1973 in Los Angeles, CA),and Thelma Frances Eager (born12/15/1898 in CA-d. 12/14/1932 in Los Angeles, CA.

Records differ on the birthdate and place of Frank. The 1900 US Census stated him to have been born on 07/09/1891 in English-speaking Canada, while Social Security Administration records recorded him to have been born on 07/09/1890 in Detroit, MI. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015, ,accessed 01/15/2018.) The 1910 US Census noted that Frank was 19 years old and had been born in Canada. It said the he immigrated to the US in 1891. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Ballona, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_79; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0006; FHL microfilm: 1374092,accessed 01/15/2018.)

The 1930 US Census reported that Wesley W. Eager worked as an architect, and lived at 6209 Ocean Front in Los Angeles, with his wife, MIldred H. Scott, (born 03/13/1895-d. 01/1981), and two daughters, Roberta Scott Eager Cavell (1922-2007) and Sally J. Eager Kubly (born 12/07/1925). Wesley W. Eager paid $150 per month for this residence. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 139; Page: 38A; Enumeration District: 0160; FHL microfilm: 2339874,accessed 01/15/2018.)

The US Census of 1920 noted that Myron worked as a mechinic in a machine shop.

The children were all born between 1889 and 1898 in dispersed locations in MI, OH, CA, and possibly Canada; this probably indicated that the Eagers moved about a great deal during this time.

Biographical Notes

He went by the name "Wesley Eager." His date of birth comes from the 1900 US Census that recorded the day, month and year of his birth. Capturing the day of birth was very unusual for US Census collectors to do.

The US Censuses did not agree when Wesley Eager became a US citizen. The 1920 edition stated that he immigrated to the US in 1885, while that of 1930 stated he arrived in 1880.

The book, Men of California, 1900-1902, (San Francisco: Pacific Art Company, 1901), p. 425, noted that Eager was born in 1866.

Eager, his wife, Frances, and daughter, Thelma, boarded the Pacific Coast Steamship Company, S.S. Senator, in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico, arriving in Los Angeles, on 03/27/1910. Others traveling first class on this ship included rancher Howard W. Estes (born c. 1851), engineer William P. Cottrell (born c. 1885), and Long Beach architect L.M. Thompson (born c. 1884). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Pedro/Wilmington/Los Angeles, California; NAI Number: 4486355; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85,accessed 01/15/2018.)



Associated Locations

  • Hamilton, ON Canada (Architect's Birth)
    Hamilton, ON Canada

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