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Female, US, born 1905-06-30, died 1979-02-20

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Langhorst and Langhorst, Architects

Professional History


Apprentice, Taliesin Fellowship, Spring Green, WI, 1931-1936.

Draftsman, William W. Wurster, Architect; San Francisco, CA, c. 1937-1941; while in Wurster's office, Langhorst worked on the Carquinez Heights Defense Housing among other projects;

Partner, Langhorst and Langhorst, Architects, San Francisco, CA.



Born in El Paso, IL, In 1920, at age 14, Frederick L. Langhorst lived with his family in Elgin, IL, at 600 East Chicago Street. He lived at this address with his parents, sister, Margaret and two cousins, Margaret Hayes (born c. 1900 in WY) and Helen Hayes (born c. 1902 in WY). The family also had a household servant, Minnie Wiss (born c. 1875 in Germany). (See, Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Elgin, Kane, Illinois; Roll: T625_375; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 83, accessed 01/29/2020.)

He continued to reside at 600 East Chicago Street in Elgin in 1930. The family was prosperous, and the 1930 census noted that the house had a value of $15,000, a substantial amount for the time and place. The family lived in a comfortable neighborhood, with other houses nearby also having similarly high estimates. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Elgin, Kane, Illinois; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0060; FHL microfilm: 2340260, accessed 01/29/2020.) The 1940 US Census recorded that he and his mother still lived in that city in 1935.

He moved out to the Bay Area in the later 1930s, probably in 1937 or so. By 1940, while working as a draftsman for San Francisco architect William W. Wurster, he resided with his mother at 2916 Benvenue Avenue in the Elmwood neighborhood of Berkeley, CA, according to the US Census of 1940. The house cost $50 per month to rent. (See, Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: Berkeley, Alameda, California; Roll: m-t0627-00188; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 1-105, accessed 01/29/2020.) Voter records from 1942, recorded his place of residence as being 3005 Benvenue Avenue. (See, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 01/29/2020.)

Late in his life, he lived in Healdsburg, CA.

He died in Cambridge, MA, at the age of 73. He was buried near his mother in the Willow Grove Cemetery, Buffalo, WY. His father was buried in his native IL.


His mother, Mary C. Lothian, ((b. 06/04/1878 in Scotland-d. 05/07/1966), married Frederick Heinrich Langhorst (born c. 1874 in IL-d. 1935) on 10/07/1992 in Dupage, IL. (See, Source Information Illinois, Marriage Index, 1860-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015, accessed 01/29/2020.) Frederick H. Langhorst was a doctor of the eyes and ears, as indicated in the US Census of 1920. In 1929, Frederick H. and Arthur L. Langhorst had an otolaryngology practice in Rooms #26-28 of the Sherwin Building in Elgin. The 1930 US Census listed his occupation as an otolaryngological surgeon.

Mary C. Lothian came to the US in 1884 from Scotland. She was naturalized six years later. Ten years later, she worked as a 22-year-old school teacher in Buffalo, WY, as noted in the 1900 US Census. Her father, Peter Lothian (born c. 08/1852 in Scotland), worked as a shoemaker, and her step-mother, Louisa C. Lothian (born c. 09/1854 in Canada), managed the household. (See, Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo, Johnson, Wyoming; Page: 6; Enumeration District: 0031; FHL microfilm: 1241826, accessed 01/29/2020.)


He married Lois Wilson Worley, (b. 08/31/1914-d. 01/1989), on 08/09/1941 in Alameda County, CA. The two would divorce.


He and Lois Worley had three children: Wefe (born c. 1943), Rika (born c. 1945) and Lothian (born c. 1947).

Biographical Notes

According to his World War II draft registration card, Langhorst was born in El Paso, IL. He registered for the draft on 10/16/1940 in Berkeley, CA. He stood 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighed 175 pounds. He had a light Caucasian complexion, and had brown eyes and hair. (See, 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: 1009, accessed 01/29/2020.)

Voter records for Berkeley, CA, in 1940 and 1942, indicated that both Frederick and his mother were registered Republicans. (See, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 01/29/2020.)

He and Lois sailed aboard the French Line's S.S. Liberté from New York to Plymouth, England, landing on 03/01/1951, en route to a stay in London. He and Lois traveled with their three children, Wefe, Rika and Lothian. (See, Source Citation The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 1272, accessed 01/29/2020.)

SSN: 551-09-1290.

PCAD id: 383