Relationship Record 4

Male/Husband}   Hancock, Wilfred Charles (Bill)     Family History} Hancock
  Female/Wife}    Samuels, Nora Agnes Relationship Type} Marriage
Marriage: Date} Exa 8 Aug 1911 Place} San Francisco, San Francisco, California
Ended: On Date} Exa 9 Aug 1974
                     By} Death of husband
Source 1}     40 = Marriage rec
Source 2}   135 = Newspapers
Source 3}   736 = Photographs
Source 4}   733 = Photographs
Source 5}       8 = Biography
Source 6}   444 = Birth certif
Source 7}   306 = 1920 USA cen
Source 8}   746 = 1930 USA cen
Source 9} 1587 = 1940 USA cen
1st Household No.} 197 = 1100 West Second Street, Napa, Calif.
Last Updated
        by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated} 22 Nov 2023
Date Created} 17 Jun 1994
Source 10}  1586 = 1950 USA cen
Source 11}  1600 = City directory
Source 12}      85 = Family hstry
Source 13}    833 = Medical recs
Source 14}    861 = Death record
Source 15}      30 = Cemetery rec
Notes:  Were Married   8 Aug 1911   Napa, California
Click to enlarge Click to enlarge     "Miss Nora Samuels and Mr. Wilfred Hancock, well known young people of this city, slipped away to San Francisco Tuesday morning, and were married there.  The ceremony was performed shortly before noon.
    The young people told a few of their friends of their plans, but a telegram received here Tuesday afternoon from the couple told that the ceremony had occurred.  The bride is an accomplished young lady, a graduate of the Napa High School with the class of 1911.  She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Samuels of this city.
    The groom is an energetic young electrician of this city, and an active member of the Napa Motorcycle Club.  The couple are enjoying a honeymoon in the bay cities, and on their return from the trip will make their home in Napa."

They first lived at 1100 West Second Street and had two Click to enlarge daughters there while Wilfred worked for the Earl G. Wilson electrical company in Napa.

The family moved to Canary Cottage in Calistoga in about 1914 so that Wilfred could install electricity in that town.  Prior to that, most of Calistoga had no electricity — especially in the homes.  Wilfred often talked about his experiences in converting wine cellars in the area from gas to electric lighting.  Their son Warren was born in 1915 in Calistoga.

The family returned to Napa two years later when Wilfred completed his job of wiring Calistoga.  He continued to do electrical work in Napa for Earl G. Wilson, and Nora concentrated on raising their children.  Their daughter Ruth was born in 1917 while they briefly resided at 824 Pine Street.

In the 1920 US census, Wilfred, 27, and Nora were living on Second Street with their four children.  Wilfred was an electrician for a store.  Their children were Leola, 7, Bee, 6, Warren, 4, and Ruth 2.  Also living with them was Nora's sister, Mildred Samuels, 23.  The census was taken on 2 Jan 1920, and Wilfred had not yet become a U.S. citizen.  Eighteen days later, on 20 Jan 1920, at the age of 27, he became a citizen.

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The main family home was at 2425 Second Street in Napa.  They resided there for over two decades — about 23 years total.  This is where the four children grew up.  The photo at the right shows them in about 1920.

In the 1930 U.S. census, Wilfred and Nora, both 37, were living at the Second Street address.  Wilfred was still an electrician for a store.  Their children were Leola, 7, Bee, 6, Warren, 4,   and Ruth, 2. Also living with them was Nora's sister, Mildred Samuels, 23.

In the 1940 U.S. census, Wilfred and Nora were still living on Second Street.  By now their children had all moved on to other residences.  Still an electrician, the census record reads "building inspector"? His income was $1,600 yearly and their home was valued at $1,500.

In the 1950 U.S. census, Wilfred and his wife Nora were now living at 827 Church Street, Napa.  Wilfred was listed as an electrician in the ship building Nora was listed as keeping house.  Their son Warren and grandson Daniel, age 10, had moved into the houehold.  Warren was working as a fruit packer.

Click to enlarge Wilfred and Nora enjoyed playing Michigan Rummy and Canasta with friends and family.  The photo at the left shows them in 1956 with their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren (son Bud was absent).

Click to enlarge Click to enlarge Wilfred and Nora enjoyed taking automobile vacations throughout California, the western U.S., and Canada.  They gained more free time after Wilfred retired in December 1957.  The adjacent photographs show Wilfred and Nora in Honolulu as they began their 1962 Hawaiian vacation.

Their travels ended when Wilfred suffered a stroke in December 1969 that kept him bedridden until his death on 9 Aug 1974.  Nora fell and fractured her hip on 15 Dec 1971; she was never able to walk after that.  She died 1 Apr 1979.  They are buried in the Tulocay Mausoleum, Napa, California
Children: Total # of Children} 4 Seq. # of Primary}  
  1st Child} Hancock, Leola Agnes (Lee)
  2nd Child} Hancock, Bee Ella
  3rd Child} Hancock, Warren Samuel (Bud)
  4th Child} Hancock, Ruth Arlyne
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