Male, born 1913-07-13, died 1989-12-08


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, Tacoma Smelting and Refining Company, Tacoma, WA, 1940. In 1905, owner William R. Rust (1850-1928) sold the Tacoma plant to the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO), which operated the plant until 1985, when it became a notorious EPA Superfund site.

Engineer, John J. Gould, Structural Engineer, San Francisco, CA, 1940. In 1940, Gould's office was located at 405 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 439, accessed 02/28/2020.)

Partner, [John J.] Gould and Degenkolb, Structural Engineers, San Francisco, CA, c. 1958.

Professional Activities

Director, Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, Board of Directors, San Francisco, CA, 1958-1959.

President, Structural Engineers Association of California, 1958-1959. An article in the Architect and Engineer of 01/1958 stated: Henry J. Degenkolb, member of the firm of John J. Gould and H.J. Degenkolb, Structural Engineers, San Francisco, was elected president of the Structural Engineers Association of California at the recent annual meeting in Coronado. Named to serve with him during the ensuing year as the office of the Association was Charles D. De Maria, Secretary. William E. Dreusike has been appointed general convention chairman for the 1958 convention. Degenkolb has been very active in the engineering profession for a number of years and has served as president of SEAONC, numerous committees and is also active in many civic activities." (See "With the Engineers: Structural Engineers Association of California," Architect and Engineer, vol. 212, no. 1, 01/1958, p. 28.)

Personal

Relocation

As noted in the 1920 US Census, at age 7, Henry lived in Stephenson, IL, with his two brothers and parents.

He and his wife, Anna, had an apartment at 1521 6th Avenue #1, in early 1940. (See Tacoma, Washington, City Directory, 1940, p. 193.)

By 10/1940, Degenkolb resided at 2101A Webster Street in San Francisco. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 439, accessed 02/28/2020.)

By 1945, Degenkolb had married and lived at 225 Cabrillo Street in San Francisco. His brother, Oris, lived at the same address in that year. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 459.)

Degenkolb was buried at the Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA.

Parents

His father, Augustav John Degenkolb (born c. 1876 in Saxony, Germany), resided at 715 Spence Street, Los Angeles, CA, in 1940. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 439, accessed 02/28/2020.) Gustav immigrated to the US in 1896 and was naturalized in 1905, as was written on the 1920 US Census form. He was a minister and 12 years older than his wife.

His mother was Alice Emmert (born c. 1888 in WI) maintained the household. He had two younger brothers, John (born c. 1915 in IL) and Oris (born c. 1918 in IL).

Oris Degenkolb would also work as an engineer for J.J. Gould in San Francisco, in 1945. (See San Francisco, California, City Directory, 1945, p. 459.)

Spouse

He wed Anna A. Degenkolb.

Biographical Notes

According to Degenkolb's World War II draft registration card of 10/16/1940, he stood 6-feet tall, weighed 165 pounds and had a light Caucasian complexion with gray eyes and brown hair. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for California, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 439, accessed 02/28/2020.)

SSN: 559-03-3418.



Associated Locations

PCAD id: 2965