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Lee Bros. Building - 1906

 
 
Lee Bros. Building - 1906 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Loren Wilson, July 22, 2012
1. Lee Bros. Building - 1906 Marker
Inscription. Brothers William H. Lee (born 1854) and Charles E. Lee (born 1856) came to California from Michigan and by the 1880s had established a successful warehousing and drayage business. The earthquake of 1906, which caused greater damage to Santa Rosa than to San Francisco, destroyed the brothers' original building, and they rebuilt this building, with 18” thick brick walls, immediately. Lee Bros. and Company Express began with horses and wagons switching to trucks in the early 20th Century. The company became one of the most reliable businesses in town, counting Standard Oil and the Press Democrat as customers. In 1914 Charles Lee was the Mayor of Santa Rosa. The building was purchased by the Montague family in 1972 and underwent substantial earthquake retrofitting and extensive restoration.
 
Erected 2006 by Sam Brannan Chapter #1004 and Yerba Buena Chapter #1 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 26.239′ N, 122° 43.236′ W. Marker is in Santa Rosa, California, in Sonoma County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilson Street and Fourth Street, on the right when traveling north on Wilson Street. Touch for map. Marker
Lee Bros. Building - 1906 and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Loren Wilson
2. Lee Bros. Building - 1906 and Marker
is at or near this postal address: 294 Wilson Street, Santa Rosa CA 95401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Rosa Post Office and Federal Building ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Isaac De Turk 1843 - 1896 ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Luther Burbank Home ( approx. half a mile away); Luther Burbank's Garden ( approx. half a mile away); Comstock House Restoration ( approx. mile away); Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery ( approx. 1.5 miles away); Hogan Building ( approx. 6.1 miles away); Cotati Downtown Plaza ( approx. 7.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Rosa.
 
Additional comments.
1. Additional Information Regarding the Marker Dedication
John Dolzadell was Noble Grand Humbug when this plaque was dedicated. Plaque wording by Loren A. Wilson.
    — Submitted April 23, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.

 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Lee Bros. Building Under Construction image. Click for full size.
circa 1906
3. Lee Bros. Building Under Construction
The Lee Brothers and Earthquake Post Office image. Click for full size.
circa 1906
4. The Lee Brothers and Earthquake Post Office
Lee Bros. Building with Fruit Boxes Ready for Shipping Stacked on Sidewalk image. Click for full size.
5. Lee Bros. Building with Fruit Boxes Ready for Shipping Stacked on Sidewalk
Sign on building reads "Sonoma County Fruit and Produce Co. Inc.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 26, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.   2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California.   4. submitted on April 23, 2012.   5. submitted on April 23, 2012, by Loren Wilson of Sebastopol, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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