Westtown School, Gettysburg College
Religion: Birthright Quaker
CDL 9-25-1923: "Says a Philadelphia exchange: 'Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Lodge, of Oak Lane, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Naomi C. Lodge, to William B. Parker, of West Chester.' The prospective bridegroom is a son of Deputy County Treasurer John Parker, of West Chester, and well known to many of our residents as a energetic young business man, now connected in a responsible position with a large manufacturing company." R 1-26-1924: Parker-Lodge. In Philadelphia to-day occurs a wedding of interest to Chester countians, Miss Naomi Lodge, of that city, becoming the bride of William Parker, son of County Treasurer and Mrs. John Parker,. Members of the family are attending, but the wedding is small on account of the recent death of the bride's father." Following the death of his father-in-law, Joseph P. Lodge, he became Manager/President of the Lodge Publishing Co., 929 Chestnut St., Phila. Phila City Directory for 1930 showed him as Printer, liv. at 5321 N. Sydenham with wife, Naomi. Not in 1930 Phila. Directory. Phila. Marriage License #491632 shows him living with his parents at 227 West Miner St., West Chester, Pa., at time of his marriage. His occupation was shown as publisher. His mother's name was misspelled as "Haddie" instead of Hattie on the certificate. "Mrs. J. P. Lodge announces the marriage of her daughter, Naomi C., to Mr. William B. Parker on January the twenty-sixth nineteen hundred and twenty-four Philadelphia, Pa." The 1930 US Census shows the Parker family living at 5221 N Sydenham St in the Logan section of Philadelphia, on the census taken on April 3rd, 1930. Occupants were William B. Parker, wife Naomi, and children Joseph L. and Willam B., Jr. Husband's occupation was shown as salesman for an advertising firm; [presumably with grandfather Lodge's publishing company] at that time. The report says they owned the home, with a value of $7,500, and that they had a radio. Naomi died in 1936 ollowing complications of a strep throat, prior to the availability of penicillin. She left five young children. WCDL 10-30-1939: "Parker-Campbell. Mrs. Paul Campbell, of Philadelphia, announces the marriage of her daughter, Dorothy Elizabeth, to William Brinton Parker, on Wednesday, October 25th at the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge. The wedding was a quiet one attended only by members of the immediate families. Mr. Parker is the eldest son of Mrs. Hattie Brinton Parker, of West Miner street, and the late John Parker, a former Treasurer of Chester county, and grew up in this vicinity. Mr. and Mrs. Parker will be at home, after December 1st at 6701 North Sixth street, Philadelphia." For a number of years during his career, he was President of the Castle Coal Company, 633 Lindley Ave., Phila. This was a large fuel dealer with a branch in West Philadelphia and many retail and commercial customers. Following World War II, he branched into fuel oil and related heating equipment to help offset the declining use of coal for home heating. Ultimately, a large conversion to gas heat shrank the company's business to a point where he and the 51% majority owner split the firm, with Mr. Parker taking over ownership of the West Philadelphia branch, and Castle Fuels going to the other partner. WCDL obit 11-7-1961: "William Brinton Parker, 63, owner and operator of the W. B. Parker Fuel Oil Co., Philadelphia, and a former resident of Parkersville, Pennsbury Township, died at his office at 1573 N. 52nd st., Monday morning. Mr. Parker made his home at 4940 Royal st., Philadelphia, and was the husband of Mrs. Dorothy Campbell Parker. He was born at Parkersville, the son of Mrs. Hattie Brinton Parker, 227 W. Miner st., West Chester, and the late John Parker. Mr. Parker resided in Philadelphia most all his life. He attended Westtown Friends School and Gettysburg College and was a birthright member of the Society of Friends, Chestnut Street Meeting [article says Phila., in error]. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Fuel Dealers Association, Olney American Legion Post No. 388, and the Union League of Philadelphia. Also surviving are three sons, Maj. Joseph L. Parker, US Army, stationed in North Carolina; William B. Parker, Jr., Malvern; Richard M. Parker, Levittown, Pa.,; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth P. Geen [says Green], New York City, NY, and Mrs. Mary P. Steelman, Philadelphia; John Parker[brother], 227 W. Miner st., West Chester, and 12 grandchildren." His Social Security No. was 183-20-4447.
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