Samuel Lee, of Alameda, has gained an enviable reputation as a designer and builder of good homes, an evidence
of which is the fact that he is never idle and that among his patrons have been many wealthy and discriminating
people, who have been glad to avail themselves of his artistic taste as well as his technical ability as a builder.
Mr. Lee was born in Greenwich, England, December 31, 1874, and is a son of Cornelius Marsh and Eliza Jane (Munn)
Lee. The father brought his family to California in 1878, locating first in Pasadena, where he remained about a
year, moving then to San Francisco. He was a cabinetmaker by trade and in the latter city opened a cabinet shop,
in the operation of which his skill and workmanship won him a large patronage. He established his residence in
Alameda and in the public schools of this city his son, Samuel, received his educational training. When fourteen
years of age he started to learn the carpenter and cabinetmaker's trade, of every phase of which he gained thorough
knowledge. In 1906 Mr. Lee formed a partnership with his eldest brother, Alf red C. Lee, and established a cabinet
shop in San Francisco, later moving it to Alameda. At a subsequent period Mr. Lee was associated in business with
Lemuel Richards, but since 1915 has operated alone. He was for two years engaged in the building and contracting
business in Margin county, but since 1917 has had his headquarters in Alameda. He builds and sells fine homes,
does a vast amount of cabinet work, installs store and office fixtures, and has done the finishing work on many
of the best apartment houses and fine residences in Alameda. He built some very artistic homes in Fireside Park,
Alameda, and has done a good deal of designing, being a man of original ideas, combined with an exact technical
knowledge, and his work has been very favorably commented upon by competent judges. He has four nice homes in the
Fernside district and one in the Thompson tract.
In 1911 Mr. Lee was united in marriage to Miss L. A. Salisbury, of Sutter county, California, and they are the
parents of two children, Alton S. and Rosemary. Mr. Lee is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and of the
Alameda Rotary Club, and has a record of one hundred per cent attendance at the dinners of the latter organization
over a period of four years. He is exceedingly popular among his associates, being a man of genial and affable
manner, while throughout his community he is regarded as a man well worthy of public confidence and esteem. He
is very much interested in yachting and at one time built a sailing yacht called the Venus. He also sailed with
his brother on the Frisco Bay.
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928
Alameda County, CA
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