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Male, US, born 1834-01-08, died 1907-07-29

Associated with the firms network

Kysor and Mathews; Kysor and Morgan, Architects; Kysor and Weston; Kysor, Ezra F., Architect; Kysor, Morgan and Walls, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Principal, Ezra F. Kysor, Virginia City, NV. Kysor left New York State just after age 30, and traveled to Virginia City, NV, where he set up an architectural office.

Carpenter, San Jose, CA, 1867. Voter registers placed Ezra Franklin Keyser as a carpenter working in San Jose, CA; he registered there on 09/02/1867. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 124; FHL Roll Number: 977287, accessed 01/26/2018.)

Principal, Ezra F. Kysor, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1868-1875. He came to Los Angeles, CA, in 1868, setting up a practice in the Temple Block, one of the main office buildings in the city at the time.

Partner, Kysor and Mathews, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1875-1876. In 08/1875, Kysor and Mathews maintained its office in Room #14 of the Hellman's Block in Los Angeles, CA. (See "Kysor and Mathews, Architects, ad," Los Angeles Daily Herald, vol. 4, no. 121, 08/14/1875, p. 1.) In 1875, Kysor had one of four architectural firms listed in the Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1875. The others were E. Berthon, W.J. Graham, and E.J. Weston. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1875, p. 102.) Other builder/architects practiced in Los Angeles of 1875, but these four were the only ones who showed up in the business directory of the city directory.

Partner, Kysor and Morgan, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1880-1886. In 1880, he selected his chief draftsman, Octavius Morgan (1850-1922), as a partner in a new office, Kysor and Morgan; this partnership lasted until late 1886; Kysor and Morgan designed the Pico House Hotel, in 1880, the prime luxury hotel in the city.

Partner, Kysor, Morgan and Walls, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1887-1890. In 01/1887, Kysor and Morgan took on John A. Walls as a partner; this partnership lasted until late 1890. In 1887, the firm of Kysor, Morgan and Walls had its office at 36 1/2 Spring Street in Los Angeles. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1887, p. 252.)

The architectural firm that Kysor formed in 1880 with Morgan would go on to become Morgan and Walls in 1890, one of the most important to develop in Southern California from the Gilded Age into the twentieth century.

The 1900 US Census listed Kysor as a "capitalist" under occupation. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 3, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 89; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1240089, accessed 01/26/2018.)

Personal

Relocation

As a sixteen-year-old boy in 1850, Kysor lived in Leon, NY, on the family farm. According to the US Census of that year, the family owned a modest $800 worth of real estate at that time. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1850; Census Place: Leon, Cattaraugus, New York; Roll: M432_479; Page: 47A; Image: 98, accessed 01/26/2018.)

He resided briefly in San Jose, CA, working there as a carpenter in 1867.

From at least 1880 until 1887, Kysor lived in the "Vernon District," what may have become the City of Vernon, CA. The US Census of 1880 called this area the "San Antonio, Vernon and Florence Road District." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citatio Year: 1880; Census Place: San Antonio, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 67; Page: 346B; Enumeration District: 031, accessed 01/26/2018.)

By 09/1890, CA voter records indicated that Kysor had already retired and lived in Pomona, CA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 21; FHL Roll Number: 976930, accessed 01/26/2018.)

Ten years later, he resided at 323 South Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles, with his son, Charles, a housekeeper, Dora A. Beach, (born c. 10/1849 in NY), and Byron Beach (born c. 01/1888 in CA), her son. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Los Angeles Ward 3, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 89; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0033; FHL microfilm: 1240089, accessed 01/26/2018.) He died in this house on 07/29/1907. (See "Retired Pioneer Dies at Family Residence," Los Angeles Herald, vol 34, no. 302, 07/30/1907.)

Parents

His father was Charles D. Kysor (1802-1890), his mother, Sally Kysor (1806-1845).

In 1850, his father re-married after the death of Sally, to Polly Kysor. His siblings included Oliver P. Kysor (born c. 1830 in NY), Archibald Kysor (born c. 1832 in NY), Cordelia Kysor (born c. 136 in NY), Amos Kysor (born c. 1838 in NY), Nicholas S. Kysor (born c. 1841 in NY), and a step-sister, Lois P. Kysor, (born c. 1846 in NY).

Spouse

Ezra Kysor married Clara E. Perry (born 03/02/1853, in Seneca County, NY- d. 09/27/1891, in Los Angeles, CA), whose parents, Charles W. Perry (b. 10/14/1815 in Charlestown, NH-d. 05/07/1885 in Los Angeles, CA) and Harriette Emily Perry (b. 07/02/1820 in NY-d. 03/11/1907 in Los Angeles, CA), were farmers in WI. Clara passed away at age 38.

Children

His son was Charles H. Kyson, another Los Angeles architect, who changed his last name to "Kyson" during WW I; Kysor sounded too much like "Kaiser," a reference to Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859-1941), last German Emperor, who was vilified in the United States. Americans of German descent underwent significant discrimination during the period 1915-1925, with many instances of German book burning and the curtailment of German language instruction. In two executive orders of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson decreed that about 250,000 German-Americans (above the age 14) had to register as aliens during the war at their local post offices; these rules also mandated that all affected had to carry registration cards and that identification had to be produced when demanded by law enforcement. In total, over 6,000 were arrested, questioned and, in some cases, jailed, until about 1920.

Biographical Notes

Prior to 01/26/2018, PCAD had incorrect birth and death dates for Ezra F. Kysor. Previously, the dates recorded were 1835-06-08 and 1907-07-04. These dates were derived from Henry and Elsie Withey's highly inaccurate Biographical Dictionary of American Architects (Deceased), (Los Angeles: New Age Publishing Company, 1956), p. 356-357. Kysor was also born in Leon, NY, not the town of Cattaraugus, NY, as noted in Withey. (Leon in a city in Cattaraugus County, NY.) All material gleaned from this book should be double-checked for trustworthiness.

Voting records indicated that Kysor registered to vote in Los Angeles County on 10/19/1872, 06/20/1879, 04/08/1884. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 19; FHL Roll Number: 976928, accessed 01/26/2018.)

According to voting record of 1896, Kysor stood, 5-feet, 11-inches tall, and had gray hair and blue eyes. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation California State Library, California History Section; Great Registers, 1866-1898; Collection Number: 4 - 2A; CSL Roll Number: 21; FHL Roll Number: 976930, accessed 01/26/2018.)



Associated Locations

  • Leon, NY (Architect's Birth)
    Leon, NY

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