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Howard Prentice of Oakland, Alameda Co., CA

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Howard Prentice of Oakland, Alameda Co., CA
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Fall 2003 and Revised 26 Oct 2018

1. (Unknown) Prentice may have been b. c.

He m. Mable. She was b. c. 1850 in Canada, with her father b. in England and mother in KY (per the 1880 census. She appears as a widow in the1880 census in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA. with her son:

  1. Howard.Prentice (spelled Printies), b. c. 1867, CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . < b>[2]

2. Howard Prentice was b. Nov 1866 in CA. He first appears in the 1870 census in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., CA in the home of Sarah M. Richardson, b. c. 1820, KY. Also shown is her daughter, Gertrude Richardson, b. c. 1856, IN. No husband is shown. The 1870 census does not indicate relationships, so we cannot tell from that record whether Howard is her son.

Howard later appears in the 1880 census in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA, (spelled "Printies") and is called Mable's "son." There is, however, a problem in that while the entry for Mable shows her born in Canada, the entry for Howard says his father was b. in England and his mother was b. in KY(?), not Canada, seeming to suggest that perhaps Mable is a step-mother.

Howard later appears in the 1900 Alameda, Alameda Co., CA census, as well as the later 1910 Oakland, Alameda Co., CA census, also 1920, with his wife and family.

He m. Eugenie L. Hickox, b. Aug 1855, CA, and d. c. 1938 in Alameda Co., CA. She was the dau. of George C. and Marie Hickox (spelled Rickox in the 1910 census) with whom they were living in the 1900 census in Alameda, Alameda Co., CA. Howard also appears in the 1930 Eden, Alameda Co., CA census. Howard does not appear in the IGI or the 1880 census. Children:

  1. Mabel Prentice, b. May 1889, CA.
  2. Walter Joseph Prentice, son, b. Sep 1895, CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Ozora/Osra Prentice, dau., b. Sep 1895, CA.
  4. (perhaps) Lim Prentice, b. c. 1901, CA. He appears in the 1930 census in Eden, Alameda Co., CA, with his wife, Emma, b. c. 1904. No children shown.
  5. Louis Prentice, b. c. 1911 CA. Not in 1930 census. Not in SSDI.

3. Waller Joseph Prentice, son, b. 4 Sep 1895, CA, and d. 6 Dec 1966, San Francisco, CA, per the CA Death Index. The SSDI gives his last address as South Lake Tahoe, El Dorado Co., CA. At home in 1920. 1930 census in Oakland with his wife and family.

He m. Marie c. 11920-1925. She was b. c. 1901, CA, with both parents b. in CA. They had 2 or more children, including per the 1930 census and Ancestry.com :

  1. Waller J. Prentice, b. c. 1926, CA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . [4]
  2. Robert E. Prentice, b. c. 1928, CA.

4. Waller J. Prentice, b. c. 1926, CA.

He m. Katherine Minetta Quist, Her obituary reads as follows:

    Prentice, Katherine Minetta (nee Quist), of Hayward, Oakland and Rancho Murieta, California.

    She was f. c. 1929 and d. 3 Jun 2018, age 89, at home, in the loving embrace of immediate family, especially her husband of 72 years, Waller J. Prentice.

    Kay, as all knew her, was a model of grace and generosity, an East Bay native with deep California roots. Paternal grandfather, Nils Quist, founded the family-run Quist Brothers lumberyard in Hayward, producing redwood millwork for the developing region. Maternal grandfather, Henry Coleman Cutting, became a principal founder of the City of Richmond (hence Cutting Boulevard).

    As a freshman at Hayward High, Kay was crossing the street when she caught the eye of an athletic senior driving to school who vowed to find out her name. This was Kay Quist (HHS '47), jewel of the modern dance program, and Waller, the beguiled driver. By the time Waller shipped out for the Philippines in 1945, in the Army Air Corps, they were sweethearts, and soon after his return, they eloped to Reno. Kay had turned eighteen only the day before.

    Like so many couples after World War II, they scraped by, but they were uncommonly happy. Applying Kay's design instinct and irrepressible can-do, they built their own house in the Oakland hills, a haven for family and friends. With a husband on the Oakland Police force (sergeant, then captain), she adapted to his nighttime shifts and a wife's perennial safety concerns.

    There were two boys to raise, a flower shop to run, and myriad domestic responsibilities which Kay handled with unusual skill, elevating cooking, gardening and sewing to an art, and achieving mastery of upholstering and, later, water color painting.

    In 1995, Kay & Waller retired to Rancho Murieta, once again building their house and creating a magnetic center of vibrant gatherings, as grandsons and great-grandsons were added to the fold. Kay's light step, joy in life and good-natured hard work bound husband and sons, Prentices, Quists, and extended family of all generations, along with the many friends who came within her orbit. Those who knew her intelligence and exceptional warmth enjoyed a privileged sense of belonging.

    In addition to her husband, Waller, Kay Prentice is survived by devoted sons and daughters-in-law, Blair and Helaine, Berkeley, and Scott and Debra, Sacramento; sister Elizabeth Haun, Danville; Rev. Kevin Mullins, OSA, San Diego; grandsons Asa, Russell and Graham and their wives; three great- grandsons, Holden, Brooks and Malcolm; and cherished nieces and nephews.

    Kay was predeceased by grandson Matthew in 2003. In remembrance of Kay Prentice, a memorial service will be conducted on Saturday June 16, 2018, 12:00 noon, at Klumpp's Chapel of Flowers, 2691 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. Funeral Home, George L. Klumpp Chapel of Flowers - Sacramento, 2691 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95818

Children of Waller and Kay:

  1. Blair Prentice. He m. Helaine. 2018 in Berkeley, CA.
  2. Scott Prentice. He m. Debra. 2018 in Sacramento, CA,

Who are Howard Prentice's Parents?

We have conflicting information about Howard Prentice's Parents:

  • The 1880 census says his father was b. in England mother in KY(?)
  • The 1900 census says his father was b. in IN and mother in French Canada.
  • The 1910 census says his father was b. in CA and mother in KY.
  • The 1920 census says his father was b. in KY and mother in Canada.
  • The 1930 census says both of his parents were b. in KY.

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