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Male, born 1886-07-14, died 1977-12-17

Associated with the firms network

Albertson, Abraham H., and Associates, Architects; Graham, John and Company, Architects and Engineers; Howells and Stokes, Architects; Loveless, Arthur L., Architect; Priteca, B. Marcus, Architect; Reamer, Robert C., Architect; Somervell, W. Marbury, Architect


Professional History

Résumé

Draftsman, Seattle, WA, 1908. (See R.L. Polk and Company’s Seattle City Directory, 1908, p. 490.)

Draftsman, Howells and Stokes, Architects, Seattle, WA, 1910. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1910, p. 580.)

Fey served in the US Army between 01/29/1918 and 12/31/1918. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011, accessed 10/13/2020.)

Draftsman, Charles J. Furst, Architect, Chicago, IL, before 1919.

Designer, Armour and Company, Chicago, IL, before 1919.

Architectural Draftsman, Seattle School District #1, Seattle, WA, 1917. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King. Source Information, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 10/13/2020.)

Fey worked for a number of architects in the Seattle area between 1919-1957. He may have been associated with Howells and Stokes, Architects, Seattle, WA, in 1910.

Draftsman, John Graham and Company, Seattle, WA, 1919.

Designer, R.C. Reamer, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1927-1938.

Architect, Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Seattle, WA, 1938-1939.

Architect, Metropolitan Building Company (MBC), Seattle, WA, 1939-1945. In 1942, the MBC had its offices at 1201 4th Avenue. At the firm, he worked with Andrew Steers, who was listed on his World War II draft card as a person who would always know Fey's address.

Principal, W. Henry Fey, Architect, Seattle, WA, 1957. In 1957, Fey maintained an office in Room #4424 in the White-Henry-Stuart Building in the Downtown Metropolitan Tract. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1957, p. 206.)

Professional Activities

Member, Seattle Architectural Club, Exhibition Committee, 1910.

Personal

Relocation

Fey was born in Butler Valley, Luzerne County, PA, on 07/14/1886, according to his World War I draft registration card. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King. Source Information, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 10/13/2020.)

He lived with his parents in Chicago, IL, in 1900, at 5620 Paulina Street, a residence shared by seven other siblings. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 30, Cook, Illinois; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0927; FHL microfilm: 1240282, accessed 10/15/2020.)

It appears that he may have come West to Seattle because his brother, Charles Louis Fey, a carpenter, already resided here by 1901. (See R.L. Polk and Company’s Seattle City Directory, 1901, p. 461.)

Fey had lodgings at 956 20th Avenue in Seattle in 1908. He lived at this address with his brother, Charles Louis Fey, a carpenter. (See R.L. Polk and Company’s Seattle City Directory, 1908, p. 490.)

In 1910, Fey boarded at 905 Spruce Street in Seattle, WA. (See R.L. Polk and Company's Seattle City Directory, 1910, p. 580.)

On 06/05/1917, Fey resided in the McKay Apartments in Seattle, WA. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King. Source Information, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 10/13/2020.)

Fey joined the US Army during the year 1918.

The 1930 US Census located Fey and his family at 6227 35th Avenue. The family residence had an approximate value of $5,000. (See Ancestry.com. Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Seattle, King, Washington; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 0400; FHL microfilm: 2342227, accessed 10/13/2020.)

From at least 09/08/1941 until 04/1942, Fey and his wife resided at 2710 East 89th Street in Seattle. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 - 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009; Record Group Number: 21 accessed 10/15/2020.)

He died in late 1977 at the age 91. He was buried at Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle.

Parents

His parents were both born in Germany, but they wed in PA c. 1871 and were naturalized c. 1872. His father was Carl (Anglicized to "Charles") Fey, (born c. 1846 in Germany-d. 02/10/1922 in Chicago, IL), who worked as a coal miner in Butler, PA, in 1880. By 1900, the US Census listed his profession as a "day laborer." That census listed his immigration date to the US as 1860, although the 1920 US Census listed it to have been 1865.

His mother, Wilhelmine (Anglicized to "Wilhelmina") Caroline "Minnie" Kreischer, (born 1850 in Sindelfingen, Württemberg, Germany-d. 06/06/1948 in Chicago, IL), came to New York, NY, on 03/29/1852 aboard the S.S. Helvetia from Le Havre, France. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1852; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 6; List Number: 245, accessed 10/15/2020.) Her family’s German surname has been transliterated in American documents variously as “Kreyscher,” “Keyscher,” “Kriescher,” “Creasher,” “Kreischer,” “Kreuscher” and “Kugscher.” Her father, Louis Kreischer, (born c. 1826 in Württemberg, Germany), operated a hotel in Butler, PA, c. 1870. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Butler, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Roll: M593_1364; Page: 239B; Family History Library Film: 552863, accessed 10/15/2020.)

According to the US Census of 1880, she managed the household that included four offspring, that included Jacob Fey, (born c. 08/1871 in PA), Charles Louis Fey, (born c. 1874 in PA), Mary L. Fey, (born c. 1876 in PA) and Anna Martha Fey, (born c. 1879 in PA).(See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Butler, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1149; Page: 348B; Enumeration District: 103, accessed 10/15/2020.) By 1900, Minnie and Carl had had a total of 10 children, all of whom were alive in that year. At that time, the eight still remaining at home were Jacob (working as a machinist), Annie (a school teacher), William Fey, (born c. 1881 in PA, an electrician), Linnie Fey, (born c. 07/1884 in PA), Henry, Alvin Christian Fey, (born 07/1889 in PA), Minnie Fey Kresge, (born c. 10/1893 in PA) and Arthur Fey, (born 06/1896 in PA). (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 30, Cook, Illinois; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0927; FHL microfilm: 1240282, accessed 10/15/2020.)

W.H. Fey's parents moved to Chicago, IL, by 1900, at least, where they lived together until his death in 1922. After Carl's death, Minnie moved in with her daughter, Minnie Kresge, who also resided in Chicago. Minnie Kresge also supported her two sisters, Anna and Linnie.

Spouse

William Henry Fay married Naomi Clark, (born 04/03/1891 in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England), on 10/12/1923, in Seattle, WA. (See Ancestry.com. Source Information: Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014, accessed 10/13/2020.) This was her second marriage. Her earlier husband was named Edward William Hinder, whom she married in a Quaker meeting house in Victoria, BC, on 09/08/1915. (See Ancestry.com, Source Information: British Columbia, Canada, Marriage Index, 1872-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001, accessed 10/15/2020 and “Married,” The American Friend, 09/23/1915, p. 611.)

Naomi Clark resided before 1921 in Victoria, BC, and came to the US on 04/11/1921 on a Canadian Pacific Railroad steamer to Seattle.

Children

Naomi and William had a son, David Henry Fey, (born 04/15/1925 in Seattle, WA).

Biographical Notes

Wiliam Henry Fey was named for his mother, Wilhelmine, a woman who bore and raised 10 children and still managed to live 98 years.

PCAD mistakenly reported his birthdate to have been 02/14/1886 prior to 10/10/2020. An inaccurate birthdate of 07/16/1886 for William Henry Fey was also included in the naturalization papers of Naomi Clark. [See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives at Seattle; Seattle, Washington; ARC Title: Petitions for Naturalization, 1890 - 1991; NAI Number: 592779; Record Group Title: Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009; Record Group Number: 21, accessed 10/13/2020.])

His World War I draft registration card indicated that Fey was of medium height and weight, and had grey eyes and brown hair. He was partly bald as per the card. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: Registration State: Washington; Registration County: King. Source Information, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005, accessed 10/13/2020.)

His World War II draft card listed him as being Caucasian with a light complexion, with gray eyes and gray hair. He was balding at age 55. He stood 5-foot, 4-and ¾-inches tall, and weighed 128 pounds. (See Ancestry.com, Source Citation: The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 60, accessed 10/13/2020.)

SSN: 531052150.


PCAD id: 4929