Individual Record 1777

Name}   Whitthorne, Robert Campbell Family History} Hancock                 
  Title}   Sr. Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Fam 22 Apr 1887 Place} Reno, Washoe, Nevada
Marr.: Date} Cir       Sum 1909 Place} Seattle, King, Washington     (Link)
Marr.: Date} Cir        Feb 1911 Place} Norfolk, Virginia     (Link)
Death: Date} Exa 23 Sep 1975 Place} Broadway Hospital, Vallejo, Solano, California
Burial: Date} Exa 26 Sep 1975 Place} Cremated
  Grave Marker}  
Source 1} 875 = 1900 USA cen
Source 2} 844 = Draft registr
Source 3} 731 = 1910 USA cen
Source 4} 872 = 1920 USA cen
Source 5} 853 = 1930 USA cen
Source 6} 1187=Draft registrn
Source 7} 873 = Memoirs
Source 8} 1328=Geog history
Source 9} 861 = Death record
Source 10}913 = Obituary
Source 11}1214=Family history
Parents: } Campbell Robert Whitthorne & Amanda Ayer
   Relationship No.} 626
1st Household No.}  
      Occupation 1} Naval architect
       Occupation 2} Manager
       Occupation 3} Farmer
  Religion/Church} Episcopal
Spouses:    First} Edwards, Chloe
              Second} Triplett, Thomas Edwina (Edwina)
 Total Number of} 2
Notes:  Robert wrote a large and detailed book about his life.  The book is online here.

During his early years, Robert lived on an Indian reservation with his parents.  He said For the better part of a year, I was tended to by one of the Indian women and carried about in a real Papoose basket, which probably accounts for my apparent stoical disposition.

Robert later moved with his parents to Vallejo, California, and was raised and educated there.

Robert began working at the Mare Island Naval Yard in June of 1901 as a rivet passer.

In his World War I draft registration in June 1917, Robert was described as being of medium build, medium height, grey eyes, and dark hair.

Robert, with his family, moved into the Carneros district of Napa early in 1922.  From then to about 1934, he commuted to his work at the Mare Island Naval Yard from his ranch in Napa some 20 miles each way, every day.

In April 1942 Robert was described as being 55 years old, 5' 6½" tall, weighing 160 pounds with blue eyes, light complexion, and brown hair.

Robert was very active in community and civic affairs.  He was a co-founder of the Napa County Mosquito Abatement District and was the first President of the Mosquito Abatement Board.  Robert was also a board member of the Carneros School District and a one-time president of the Napa High School Board of Education.

He was a member of the Napa Business and Professional Mens Club, the federal retired employees group (NARCE), the Napa County Historical Society, and the Napa Lodge No. 832 B.P.O. Elks.

Robert was ultimately promoted to the position of Head Ship Design Engineer at Mare Island.  He retired in 1948 and died in 1975 at age 88.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social} Elks/B.P.O.E.
Baptism Date}   Place}    
Confirm. Date}   Photo} None
Immigr'n Date} N/A Port} N/A
Education: Grade} Mare Island, Portsmouth, & Brooklyn Naval Yards
Military: Service} None
Health Condition}  
 Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Dan Hancock
Date Updated} 16 Jul   2011
Date Created}    5 Mar 2006
Copyright © 2006, 2010, 2011 by Daniel W. Hancock.  All Rights Reserved.

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