Biography of William I. MacDonald
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WILLIAM I. MACDONALD
William I. Macdonald, who conducts a successful florist business at 453 Seventeenth street, Oakland, is one of the best known residents of this city, having for many years been actively connected with various interests in this locality, and none enjoys a greater measure of popularity than he. He has spent practically his entire life in Oakland, having been born at 1731 Broadway, near his present business location, on the 12th of January, 1880, and is a son of J. A. C. and Mary Antionette (Cavasso) Macdonald, the former a native of Weem, Scotland, while the latter was born in Mariposa county, California. They were married in Oakland. The father came to California when fourteen years of age with an uncle, Peter Thompson, who built the original house later occupied by the Adult Blind, at Thirty sixth and Telegraph streets, Oakland. J. A. C. Macdonald engaged in the plumbing business in 1875 and his son has a photograph of the first order taken by him, in August, 1875, and also a picture of the old shop, showing his father. The latter took a deep interest in the public affairs of his city and served as a member of the city council from 1888 to 1892. He was a lieutenant in the National Guard at Oakland and about 1881 commanded the local company of light cavalry, which later became Company A of the National Guard. His death occurred October 31, 1915, as the result of an automobile accident, and his widow passed away September 30, 1927.

William I. Macdonald attended the grade and high schools of Oakland, and for about six months, was employed in a stationery store, after which he went to work for Miller, Sloss & Scott (afterwards the Pacific Hardware and Steel Company), remaining with that concern from June, 1898, until March 1, 1911, since which time he has engaged in the florist business. He carries a large line of flowers, well displayed, and by his prompt and courteous service has built up a large patronage and is meeting with very satisfactory success.

Mr. Macdonald is married and has a son, Donald Livingston, who is a successful and popular entertainer on the Kieth Albee and Orpheum circuits. In his political views Mr. Macdonald is a republican, while fraternally he has long taken an active interest in masonry, belonging to all of the York rite bodies and is a past master of the blue lodge. His memberships are in Oakland Lodge, No. 188; Oakland Chapter, No. 16, R. A. M.; Oakland Commandery, No. 11, K. T.; St. Philips Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine; Oakland Lodge of Perfection, No. 2, A. and A. S. R.; Aahmes Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., of which he is the director. He is also vice president of the Shrine Directors Association of North America; is an honorary member of Syria Temple, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as of India Temple, of Oklahoma City, and El Zaribah Temple, at Phoenix, Arizona. He also belong to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Lions Club, of which he has been a director, the Athens Club, Oakland Council National Union and St. Andrews Society. His favorite diversions in the way of sports are football, baseball and golf, in which he has long been actively interested. He ran the first reserved football trains to Palo Alto in 1925 and 1927 and has attended every Stanford University of California game since 1896. He is an enthusiastic booster for the East Bay district and has been particularly active in promoting the commercial interests of upper Broadway, one evidence of which was his erection of the first electric sign north of Fourteenth street. In every possible way he has shown his loyalty to his city and county and his efforts to promote the interests of his community have been appreciated by his fellow citizens, among whom he is held in high regard.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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