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Male, US, born 1889-09-09, died 1971-04

Associated with the firms network

Aitken, William, Architect; Bassetti, Morse and Aitken, Architects


Professional History

Résumé

Engineer, Pacific Coast Company, Seattle, WA, c. 1918. According to his World War I draft registration card, Aitken worked as an engineer designing "wharves and docks." This firm was located at 77 Washington Street in 1918. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King; Roll: 1991892; Draft Board: 06. Source Information: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 06/11/2019.)

On his declaration of intention to apply for citizenship signed 07/29/1921 he called himself an "architectural engineer." (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1890-1957; Microfilm Roll: 20; Microfilm Serial: M1542, accessed 06/11/2019.

Principal, William Aitken, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1920-c. 1959. Aitken operated an office in Room #409 of the Lyon Building (1920-1924), Lyon Building, Room #326 (1925-1927), Lyon Building, Room #330 (1928-1932), and spent a longer period in Room #202 of the office building at 408 Marion Street (from 1933 until after 1959).

Education

College

The 1940 US Census indicated that Aitken finished four years of high school.

Personal

Relocation

William Aitken was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on 09/09/1889. At age 4, he lived with his family at 36 Raeberry Street in Glasgow. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Parish: Glasgow Barony; ED: 86; Page: 4; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1891_279, Original data: Scotland. 1891 Scotland Census. Reels 1-409. General Register Office for Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, accessed 06/11/2019.) They remained at that address a decade later when the 1901 Scottish Census was done. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Parish: Glasgow Kelvinside; ED: 83; Page: 20; Line: 6; Roll: CSSCT1901_302 Source Information: 1901 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007, accessed 06/11/2019.)

He migrated to Canada before 1914, where he became a citizen. He lived and worked in Vancouver, BC, Canada, before coming to Seattle, as per his declaration of intention to apply for citizenship signed 07/29/1921. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1890-1957; Microfilm Roll: 20; Microfilm Serial: M1542, accessed 06/11/2019.)

On his US Citizenship petition of 12/05/1960, Aitken indicated that he entered the US for permanent residence in the US at Blaine, WA, via the Great Northern Railway on 09/14/1914. (The earlier citizenship document of 07/29/1921 stated that he arrived in the US on 09/06/1915.) When he filled out a World War I draft registration card he was still a citizen of Canada, and, according to the document, "physically unfit" for service. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King; Roll: 1991892; Draft Board: 06. Source Information: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 06/11/2019.) This document indicated that he was single, although this was not the case, as he had a wife and a six-year-old daughter by this time. Aitken resided at the Leamington Hotel and worked as an engineer for the Pacific Coast Company in 1918.

The 1920 US Census noted that he had a wife and two children, and the family dwelled at 3834 36th Avenue SW in Seattle. He listed his occupation as an architect. This 1920 US Census form stated that he entered the US in 1915 and that he had submitted paperwork to obtain US citizenship. His wife and daugher were still aliens. The family continued to live at this address in 1925. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1925, p. 218.)

He lived in an apartment in the Claibourne Apartments at 714 Madison Street in Seattle in 1940. (See Ancestry.com, Source CitationYear: 1940; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Roll: m-t0627-04380; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 40-220, accessed 06/11/2019.)

His World War II draft registration card noted that he lived at the Madison Hotel, 8th Avenue and Madison Street, Seattle, on 04/26/1942. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 2. Source Information: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 06/11/2019.)

Between 1950 and 1961, at least, Aitken and his second wife, Helen, lived at 2735 69th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA.

Parents

His father was also William Aitken (born c. 1855 in Ceres, Fifeshire, Scotland) and his mother was Annie Hodger Aitken (born c. 1851 in Ceres, Fifeshire, Scotland). The 1881, 1891 and 1901 Scottish Censuses indicated that William worked as a house painter. Later in life, he and Annie may have returned to Fifeshire.

The 1891 Scottish Census indicated that he had three brothers, John Aitken (born c. 1881 in Scotland), James Aitken (born c. 1883 in Scotland) and David Aitken (born c. 1890 in Scotland).

Spouse

William Aitken married twice. He wed Mary R. Walker (born c. 1895 in Scotland-d. 01/15/1977 in Prince George, BC). William and Mary divorced before 1935.

He then married Helen Mary Stauber, a fashion designer, (born 02/14/1904 in Streator, IL) on 06/26/1943 in Seattle, WA. Traveling on her own, Helen booked a tourist class cabin on the Cunard liner Queen Mary, departing on 04/22/1950 bound for Cherbourg, France. She would be abroad for 10 weeks. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels and Airplanes Departing from New York, New York, 07/01/1948-12/31/1956; NAI Number: 3335533; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: A4169; NARA Roll Number: 72, accessed 06/11/2019.)

Children

He and Mary had two children, Ethel Aitken Hunter (born 07/13/1913 in Canada) and William Robertson Aitken (born 08/21//1919 in Seattle, WA-d. 02/10/2007).

Ethel remained living in Seattle in 1935, working as a theatre usher and living in Apartment #104 at 519 West Roy Street in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. She married Lloyd Albert Hunter (born c. 1914-d. 03/26/1975 in Prince George, BC, Canada) on 03/29/1939 in Whatcom County, WA. (Source Citation: Washington State Archives; Olympia, Washington, accessed 06/11/2019.) In 1972, Ethel lived in Prince George, BC.

On his 1961 US citizenship document, he acknowledged that he had had one child, William Robertson Aitken, but didn't mention his daughter, Ethel.

In 1961, William Robertson Aitken resided in Carmel, CA.

Biographical Notes

The name "William Aitken" was shared by several WA men of this era, as well as an earlier Seattle architect by the name of "William C. Aiken." A William J. Aitken lived in the Seattle W8P4 U.S. Census Precinct in 1910. It listed him as being 24 years old and having been born in Scotland. Naturalization papers for a William Aitken were filed in Whatcom County, WA, on 04/08/1931.

At age 53, Aitken stood 5-feet, 10-and-1/2-inches tall, and weighed 168 pounds. He had a light complexion, blue eyes and gray hair. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 2. Source Information: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, accessed 06/11/2019.) A naturalization document of 12/05/1960, however, listed his height at 6-foot, 1-inches tall and his weight, 170 pounds.

Aitken first filed a declaration of intention to obtain US citizenship on 09/06/1915. This was not followed through with, and he finally became a citizen of the US in 1961.


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