George Frank Wanless

George Frank Wanless[1]

Male 1842 - 1927  (85 years)

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  • Name George Frank Wanless 
    Born 28 Jul 1842  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 2 Oct 1842  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    IMMI 1864  United States of America Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1866  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Denver city directory 1866 (only Wanless in this directory):
      Wanless, G.F. - book keeper, Ferry, bet. 5th and 6th
    Census 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • [reel 94, p.19] Jun 4 1870
      Wanless, George F. 27 male, white family, bank clerk/life insurance agent, b. Canada East, everybody's parents of foreign birth
      Anna 25 fem., keeping house, b. Canada East
      James F. 7 male, b. Canada East
      Clarence 5 male, b. Colorado
      Mary 3 fem, b. Colorado
      Emma Douty 19 fem, b. IL, domestic servant
    Occupation 1870  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    bank clerk & life insurance agent 
    Occupation 1873  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    insurance agent 
    • Denver City Directory, 1873:
      Wanless, George F. - insurance agent, pianos and organs; 5 1/2 Holladay, between F & G; residence: Champa, s.e. cor. P.
    Residence 1876  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Denver City Directory, 1876:
      Wanless, G.F. - residence: 656 Champa
    Census 1880  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1880 CO, Arapahoe Co, Denver - Lawrence St, 5th Ward(?) [ED 14, sh13, ln 28 - page 293A] (note: at ancestry.com, this ED is incorrectly accessed thru ED 13, then go to image 57)
      Wanless, George F. male 37, married, editor, b. Canada, everybody is white, all parents' birthplaces are blank
      Anna wife 34 b. Canada
      James son 17 " ", school
      Clarence son 15 " ", school
      Mary dau. 13 " ", school
      Willie son 10 b. Colorado
      Harry son 8 " "
      Fred son 5 " "
      Nellie dau. 2 " "
    Land Patent Est 1864-1882  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: GEORGE F. WANLESS Township/Direction: 2/North Range/Direction: 67/West Book: Register of Timber Culture Entries Type: Timber Culture Act Bureau of Land Management: 6 Application #: 5838.00
    Occupation 1884  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    insurance agent 
    • 1884 Denver city directory:
      Wanless, George F., special agt. Equitable Life Assurance Society, r. 58 Pennsylvania Av.
    Moved 1890  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Deseret evening news., January 06, 1891
      Salt Lake City
      At the law & order meeting of citizens recently held in this city, Mr. Wanless asserted that when he first came to Salt Lake from Denver, less than a year ago, he was hardly able to discover, judging from the orderly and quiet appearance which prevailed on a Sunday, that there was such a thing as a saloon existing. He wrote to his friends in the city from whence he came, to that effect. Since then the situation had changed and liquor saloons had sprung up in every direction, were in full blast on the Sabbath as on other days, so that ladies and children could not traverse some of the leading streets without being shocked with profane and obscene language uttered by drunken men. He stated that the situation was worse in proportion to population than Denver and there was no reason why Salt Lake should not be as orderly and respectable as Denver.

      [The 1907 announcement of his return to SLC also says he first came there in 1890.]
    Residence 1890  Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1890 Denver city directory:
      George F. Wanless insurance agent r. 1837 Pearl
    Newspaper 25 Jan 1893  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Salt Lake herald., January 25, 1893, Page 7
      To trade - first class improved Omaha property for 10,000 to 15,000 range cattle. George F. Wanless, care New York Life, city.
    Census 1900  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 5th Ward, 31 South Seventh East Street (ED 41 sheet 1A)
      Wanless, Geo. F. head, wh, m, b. July 1842 in Canada Eng., age 37, married 35 yrs, father b. Scotland, mother b. Germany, agent life insurance, rents house
      , Annie R. wife, Feb 1844 in Canada Eng., age 36, 7 kids, [# living too faint to read], father b. Scotland [something else, maybe a county, was written earlier but is too faint to see], mother b. Scotland
      , Clarence E. son, April 1865, age 35, divorced one time, b. Colorado, parents b. Canada Eng, draftsman
      , Mary H. dau, Jan 1867, age 33, single, b. Colorado, [illegible occupation]
      , William F. son, June 1870, age 29, [marital status illegible and there may be something in the # of yrs column], b. Colorado, [illegible occupation, probably lawyer]
      , Grace M. daughter, May 1878, age 22, single, b. Colorado, parents b. Canada
      , Nellie C. G-daughter, Mch 1888, age 12, b. Colorado, father b. Colorado, mother's birthplace illegible
      , Leonora G-daughter, Nov 1889, age 10, b. Colorado, father b. Colorado, mother's birthplace illegible
    Residence 1902-1905  California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • see 1907 announcement of his return to SLC - he spend 3 yrs in southern California - probably Los Angeles area
    Residence 1905-1907  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • see 1907 announcement of his return to SLC
    Moved Sep 1907  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Salt Lake herald., September 29, 1907
      George Wanless Returns - After spending 3 years in southern California and 2 yrs in Pennsylvania, George F. Wanless has returned to Salt Lake. He has associated himself with the firm of Tuttle Bros at 153 Main street and, with his family, has established his residence at 344 East Fifth South street. Mr. Wanless came to Salt Lake first in 1890.
    Occupation 1908-1910  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    hotel manager 
    • The Salt Lake tribune., December 19, 1908, Page 15
      Ad: Furnished, heated, cared for, good suite three rooms and bath; no coal bills, light bills, phone bills, servants to hunt up; comfortable home for winter; best dining room service; moderate rates; a few single rooms also. Manitou Hotel, 123 East Third south. Geo. F. Wanless, proprietor.

      The Salt Lake tribune., July 18, 1909, Page 2
      It is announced that the new owners of the Manitou have retained Mr. Geo. F. Wanless as manager. Mr. Wanless, during the eight months of his control, has made many warm friends for the hotel, both among those who make it their home and the traveling public. The extensive improvements now nearing completion, including new, up to date equipment for all bathrooms, hot and cold water in all rooms, complete redecorating of every room and all halls, will make this one of the most desirable hotels in the west. And its dining room service is of the very best. Both American and European plans are continued.

      [He continues to be listed in ads as manager through late 1910.]
    Occupation 1910-1911  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    insurance agent 
    • Newspaper ads in this period show him as an agent of the Orient Fire Insurance Co.
    Census 1920  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ED 93, Ward 1, Pct 14, sheet 7A
      Wanless, George F. 77 immig. 1864, Na. 1864, b. Canada (Scotch), father b. Canada (Scotch), mother b. Canada (German), agent for insurance co.
      , Anna R. wife, 75, same immig/nat. dates
      , Mary H. dau, 52, b. Colorado, schoolteacher at grade school
      , grace M. dau, 40, b. Colorado
    Died 8 Nov 1927  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 9 Nov 1927  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Salt Lake Tribune, page 2
      Died Nov 8th 1927:
      "George Frank Wanless crosses Great Divide
      George Frank Wanless died at his home 1130 Roosevelt Avenue, Tuesday
      afternoon following an illness of one month. He was born at St. Andrews,
      Canada July 28, 1842 and for the past twenty years has lived in this city,
      being especially well known in insurance circles. Surviving him are three
      sons and two daughters; G. H. Wanless, of Utica, N. Y.; Fred Wanless of
      California; C. E., Mary H. and Grace M. Wanless, all of this city. Also
      by ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral services and
      interment will be held here, time and place to be announced later."
    Buried 12 Nov 1927  Mt. Olivet Cem., Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • !Age and place of birth from 1880 Census Arapahoe Co., Colorado p293
      Census shows occupation as editor
      Was involved with Methodist Episcopal Church in Colorado
      Death information and place of birth from Utah death certificate
      Shown living with James Fish in Lachute, Quebec, Canada - 1851 Census
      Immigrated to US in 1864-Naturalized same year - from SLC 1920 Census
      Info from George Frank Wanless Utah death Cert.
      In 1851 and 1861 St. Andrews, Quebec, Canada Census
      Birth info from St. Andrews, Argentueil, Quebec, Canada Church of En gland
      records - FHL Film #1430828

      Was active in Temperance organizations in SLC; newspapers report him speaking against saloons and at temperance meetings in the 1890s-1900s. He was also active with the local YMCA.

      Note George was in PA for 1905-06 and in SoCal for 1902-1905 - was that who his son Will went to when he fled SLC in Dec 1904? Will was thought in 1905 to be in Los Angeles with relatives.
    Person ID I860  3: George Wanless & Mercime Riddell of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 17 May 2012 

    Father Thomas Wanless,   b. 2 Sep 1796, Yetholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1873, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Jones,   b. 25 Feb 1802, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1865, St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1820  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Headstones
    Thomas Wanless (1796-1873) & Elizabeth Jones, Argenteuil, Quebec
    Thomas Wanless (1796-1873) & Elizabeth Jones, Argenteuil, Quebec
    The 4 faces of this monument describe their children.
    Family ID F483  Group Sheet

    Family Annie Randall Hume,   b. 14 Feb 1844, Lachute, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1926, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 5 Aug 1862  St. Andrew's, Argenteuil, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. James Fish Wanless,   b. 3 May 1863, , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1891, Brighton, Arapahoe, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     2. Clarence Edwin Wanless,   b. 26 Apr 1865, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1949, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     3. Mary Helena Wanless,   b. 27 Jan 1867, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1939, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     4. William "Will" Frank Wanless,   b. Jun 1870, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft Dec 1904  (Age ~ 34 years)
     5. George Harry "Harry" Wanless,   b. 25 Mar 1872, , Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1957, Coronado, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     6. Frederick Randall Wanless,   b. 10 Aug 1874, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1960, San Diego, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Grace Muir "Nellie" Wanless,   b. 20 May 1878, Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1937, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Photos
    Family of George Frank Wanless & Annie Randall Hume
    Family of George Frank Wanless & Annie Randall Hume
    From left to right, standing: Clarence, James, Mary
    Bottom row: George H., mother Annie Hume, baby Grace, Fred, William, father George F. Wanless
    Last Modified 25 Jul 2002 
    Family ID F479  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George Frank Wanless (1842-1927)
    George Frank Wanless (1842-1927)
    George Frank Wanless at his desk
    George Frank Wanless at his desk

    News
    George F. Wanless sustains concussion by falling off his bicycle, 1899
    George F. Wanless sustains concussion by falling off his bicycle, 1899
    Salt Lake Semi-Weekly Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT) Friday, March 17, 1899; pg. 5
    1873: Ad for George F. Wanless piano tuning, Denver, CO
    1873: Ad for George F. Wanless piano tuning, Denver, CO
    Daily Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO) Tuesday, November 25, 1873

  • Sources 
    1. [S24] GEDCOM from Bruce Bagnall August 1999.

    2. [S27] 1920 census, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH CENSUS - IMMIGRATED IN 1864 AND BECAME A CITIZEN THAT SAME YEAR (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S28] 1866 Denver city directory.

    4. [S26] 1884 Denver city directory.

    5. [S40] Parish Records - St. Andrews, Argenteuil, Quebec, FHL 1430832 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S56] Parish Records of Wesleyan Methodist Congregation.