|Birth: ||Mar. 5, 1885|
Santa Cruz County
|Death: ||Dec. 8, 1964|
San Francisco County
This biography is under revision for minor additions of further information about his life and family.// 22 Apr 2015 Gord Hines
Mervyn was a son of Edward E (Earle?) and Martha Ann "Mattie" née SEE HENRY. Edward was a "gold miner" (his occupation in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses). The 1 June 1900 census for his family shows a sister Alma (born July 1887) and his older brother Earle (born Oct 1883). A fourth child of his mother's died before the census date. The family was living at 47 Brennan St (no longer exists as of 2011[Google Street view]) in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County, the city where both Mervyn and Earle are known to have been born.
At age 24*, about 1909, Mervyn married for the first time a woman named Freda.(* per 1 Apr 1930 census).
By 15 Apr 1910 (census date) Edward, Mattie and Alma have moved to San Francisco, living in a two-family house at 704 Oak St (at Filmore Ave) -- about 1 mile from 509 Cole Street, where they will buy a house and move by 1918. Mervyn is not living with his parents. In the 1 Jan 1920 census, he and Freda are renting at 511 Cole St, next door to 509 Cole St that his parent own and live in.
In Sept 1918, at age 32, he stated his permanent residence was with his mother (and given as his nearest relative) at 509 Cole St in San Francisco. He was employed as a boiler maker helper at the Pacific Coast Engineering Co. (from his WWI Draft Registration info). This suggests his residence at 511 Cole St was "temporary" in his mind. Curiously, he did not list Freda as his "nearest relative".
In the 1 Jan 1920 census, he is age 34 and married to Freda who is also 34 (born in NY state, as were both her parents). He is employed as a fireman for a railroad. His father was born in California and his mother in Arkansas. Mervyn and Freda rent their home at 511 Cole St., in downtown San Francisco. Mervyn's parents own (and live in) the house next door at 509 Cole St.
In the 1 Apr 1930 census he is employed as a fireman on a railroad company and is now divorced. He is living with his brother Earle and Earle's son, Edward E, at 21 Beulah St, (owned by Earle - valued at $8000 - before the Great Depression / Crash of 1930 - $2500 in 1940). This is around the corner from 765 Cole St where the recently (1929) widowed Hilda nee BINNINGER HINES is living (renting $30/mo) with her 17 yr old son Taylor (Charles Taylor) HINES
Sometime between 1 Apr 1930 (census date) and 1934, Mervyn married Hilda nee BINNINGER HINES, widow of Charles Franklin HINES. In the 1934 Polk City Directory, Mervyn, listed as "Mervin", is living at 761 Cole St with his wife, Hilda HENRY (Page 508). Hilda's son, Charles "Chas" T HINES is listed at the same address (Page 519). Charles's future wife Linda WYANT also lives at 761 Cole St (Page 1260). In the 1935 Polk City Directory, Mervyn, listed as "Mervin", is living at 761 Cole St with his wife, Hilda HENRY (Page 533). Hilda's son, Charles "Chas" T HINES is listed at the same address (Page 544).
In the 1940 census, Mervyn and Hilda are living at 1949 Page St., a few blocks from Cole St where he has lived much of his life. He is employed as a fireman for a steam railroad company.
In 1942, his WWII Draft Registration Card gives his age as 57 and his address as 631 Cole St. It also gives his birth date as 5 March 1885 and birth place as Watsonville, Calif. His "relative who will always know his address" is given as "Earl[sic] HENRY"* of 21 Beulah St, San Francisco. His employer is the Southern Pacific Company (previously known as Southern Pacific Railroad) at 65 Market St and his place of employment is "Coast Division". His SSN is 700-10-9954, in a number group used by the "Railroad Retirement Board" appears in the Calif. Death Index.
* Earle See HENRY is at Find A Grave Memorial# 71098988
Mervyn and Hilda are listed in the 1948 San Francisco City Directory (pg 859) as living at 631 Cole St. His occupation is "fireman" [probably a railroad occupation with the Southern Pacific RR - where his brother Earle was a locomotive engineer].
After Hilda died in 1952, Mervyn remained a widower until his own death in 1964, at age 79.
This biography is nearly complete pending a few minor additions.// 22 Apr 2015 Gord Hines
FOOTNOTE re their burial in this cemetery: "The cemeteries in Colma grew quickly when the City of San Francisco banned all cemeteries in its city boundaries in the early 1900's."
Hilda Katherine Binninger (Hines) Henry (1885 - 1952)*
Note: Ref: Cemetery Records
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park
San Mateo County
Plot: Garden / Section: E Row/Tier: TIER 5 near his wife, Hilda and brother Earle
Maintained by: Gord Hines
Originally Created by: Graves
Record added: Apr 01, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87835395