|Name} Williams, David Theodore (Dave)||Family History} Hancock|
|Title}||Race} White||Sex} Male|
|Birth: Date} Fam 16 Jan 1907||Place} , Napa, California|
|Marr.: Date} Cir 1929||Place} Miami, Dade, Florida (Link)|
|Marr.: Date} Cir 1940||Place} Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Link)|
|Marr.: Date} Exa 3 Oct 1979||Place} Mendocino, Mendocino, California (Link)|
|Death: Date} Exa 18 Apr 1984||Place} Mendocino Coast Hospital, Fort Bragg, Mendocino, Calif.|
|Burial: Date} Exa 25 Apr 1984||Place} Ashes at sea, California|
|Grave Marker} No||
|Parents: } Theodore John Williams & Myrtle A. Bird|
Relationship No.} 8
|1st Household No.} 141 = Sonoma Road, Napa, California|
| Occupation 1} Radio operator |
Occupation 2} Air traffic controller
Vose, Jacqueline Sidney (Jackie) |
Second} Bacon, Ida Roberta
Third} Howard, Esther Rose
Total Number of} 3
|Notes: Dave was born in Napa in 1907. The photograph below shows him in 1908.|
Dave usually rode to high school with Duke Duhig
in Duke's 1914 Studebaker four-door touring car with side curtains —
beginning in the fall of 1919. Dave and Joe Drapinski were the same age,
great friends, and both were completely hooked on ham radio which was then
in its infancy. They made receivers from cat's whiskers, pieces of
Galena ore, wire, and earphones. At that time there was no voice or music
to be received, but they could hear Morse code transmissions. Dave, Joe,
and a friend later got some Model T Ford coils and dry cell batteries, and with these
built radio transmitters. They all knew Morse Code and soon were talking
back and forth to each other in code. Suddenly they heard an extremely
strong code transmission; it was from the Navy at Mare Island. "Who in the
blankety-blank is cutting in on us and interfering with out signals?"
Dave and his friends quickly got off the air and laid low for a while.
(Source 164, page 49)|
The photo of Dave at the right was taken when he began his professional communication career as a radio operator in 1924 aboard the Alaska-Packers sailing ships — including the Star of Faulkland and the Star of India. He later transferred to a steam schooner shortly before the Star of Faulkland was wrecked while traveling through Unimak Pass in the Aleutian Island chain. Ships of this size were used to transport supplies from San Francisco to the Alaska canneries and then return with canned salmon.
Dave's duties included unpacking and setting up the radio transmitter at the cannery after the equipment had been sitting idle through the winter. During the summer, he transmitted cannery reports to San Francisco during the canning season.
Dave's next job was as a radio operator on Great Lakes' ore and grain freighters which made excursions from Duluth to Detroit and Buffalo.
He then served as a combination purser and radio operator aboard ships of the old Admiral Line, cruising the West Coast from San Diego to San Francisco to Portland to Seattle. Dave also worked with the Light House Service out of San Francisco and the States S.S. out of Portland to the Orient and other ports.
Dave's airline service was as diverse as his involvement as a radio operator. He worked first for Pacific Alaska Airways, a subsidiary of Pan Am. He was a member of the crew and First Radio Officer of Pan Am's first flight from Seattle's Lake Washington to Juneau, Alaska, (see the photo at the left) in the 1930s — using four-engine Sikorsky S-42B flying boats (see the photo at the right) to traverse that new route.
Thick fog allowed only a few flights to land on the Northwest waterways, so in 1940 Pan Am bought Lockheed land planes and began to fly inland "over the hump" into Whitehorse and on to Fairbanks.
Dave later flew from Miami to Havana, Cuba, and Rio de Janeiro for Pan Am, and also from San Francisco to Hawaii and back. During World War II, he made several trips from San Francisco to Hawaii, Midway, Wake, Guam, and Australia.
Following this worldwide stint, Dave applied for a flight controller position and worked at Long Island and San Francisco's airports.
Dave, retired radio operator from the Merchant Marine and pioneer airline companies, died in 1984 in Fort Bragg, California, at the age of 77. He had been a resident of the Mendocino coast since 1946.
|Time of Birth}||Time of Death} 5:45 P.M.||Fraternal/Social}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photo} Dave in 1924|
|Immigr'n Date} N/A||Port} N/A|
|Education: Grade} Eleventh|
|Military: Service} Merchant Marine for the State of} United States|
|Health Condition} Anemia
Cause of Death} Prostate cancer
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