|Death: ||Nov. 11, 1883|
Probable name: Alonzo Frisbie, about 30 years old
San Antonio Light
November 13, 1883
A short time ago a stranger, named Frisbie, came to San Antonio in the last stage of consumption. He stayed at the hospital for a time but for some reason he left there and went into private boarding. On Saturday morning he sought Mrs. V. Paschal's boarding house, on Crockett street, and besought her to receive him. She did so. At night he was taken worse, and then said he was a widower, and had five children in Michigan. Later on he died. His friends were communicated with and replied that they were too poor to ship his remains home, and arranging for his funeral here. This morning he was buried. The scene was, indeed, sad. Around the coffin were no friends, no weeping relatives, no children to drop a tear on the father's bier. Mrs. Pashcal, Mrs. Howard, Miss Clifford, Mr. T. W. Mullaly, the Rev. W. J. Young, and a LIGHT representative were present. The Rev. W. J. Young read the brief burial services, offered prayer, and then the remains were carried out by strangers to rest among strangers in a strange city.
On December 13, 2012, Mr. David Thorpe wrote:
Here is the text from the chapter in my book (Beneath the Surface). As you can see, your publication of Alonzo Frisbie's death explains his departure as well as his wife's probable death from tuberculosis.
William J. Frisbie ( 1869–1935)
William J. Frisbie was an experienced machinist who moved into the void left by Augie Hansen's departure from Justrite. Hansen's ingenuity was not easily replaced, and with open-flame lamps being phased out of mines in the 1920s, Frisbie stepped into a difficult situation.
The first arrival of Frisbies in Chicago can be attributed to William's grandfather, who came from Maine. He "had some misunderstanding" with his brothers and went west, settling in Chicago. His only son Alonzo was father to five children, one of whom was William John Frisbie, born in 1869. The childrens' mother Eliza died in 1880 when William was only eleven, and Alonzo subsequently moved alone to San Antonio, Texas, where he died three years later. William and his siblings were left to an uncertain fate in Chicago.
Frisbie was a machinist when he married Ida Lehmann in 1898. From 1900 to 1910 he managed a Chicago machine shop, but he was unemployed in 1911. He was hired by Justrite in 1912 as an assistant to superintendent Augie Hansen and within two years had also earned the title of superintendent (see Appendix H). After Hansen's departure in 1920, Frisbie became an officer with Justrite Mfg. Co., sharing the position of vice president with Louis A. Becker. But unlike Becker, Frisbie did not enjoy a camaraderie with first generation German immigrants as Becker did with the Raster brothers and company treasurer Waldemar Reinke.
Although Frisbie became the de facto designer for Justrite, his patents were based on preexisting company products. The horizontalstyle lamp created by Hansen had practically become a symbol for Justrite Mfg. Co., and yet a need existed for a lamp to compete with the popular, but differently shaped, Guy's Dropper lamp, made in Springfield, Illinois. Making a new upright water tank, Frisbie created the Victor—a lamp that did indeed resemble a Guy's Dropper. He also created the Polygon Feed water dropper based on the original Guy's Dropper design. Frisbie's pedestrian innovations and catchy product names were not enough to offset a declining market for the acetylene light.
A series of deaths in the mid-1920s rocked the leadership at Justrite. As mentioned earlier, president Frederick J. Becker died unexpectedly in 1925 of a heart attack while visiting Scranton, Pennsylvania. The following year, Edwin Raster died. In 1928, after returning from a sea cruise to Bermuda, treasurer Reinke committed suicide with a gunshot to the right temple. A married man, he was distraught over the futility of his twelve-year love affair with a widow. Louis A. Becker moved into the top position of president laid vacant by the death of his brother. Around 1927 Frisbie retired as vice president and the position was given to Frederick W. Becker, the son of Louis's late brother.
In 1928 Frisbie became the factory superintendent for the radio manufacturer Silver-Marshall, Inc. A new plant, "laid out to his specifications," was constructed in 1929.
On May 31, 1935, sixty-six-year-old Frisbie was struck by an automobile while walking walking near his home. He died of injuries three days later.
Created by: Joan
Record added: Jan 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64268944
Added: Jun. 9, 2012