1842 - 1919 (76 years)
Has 8 ancestors and 41 descendants in this family tree.
||Phoebe Apperson |
||3 Dec 1842
||17 Aug 2004 |
||Randolph Walker Apperson, b. 10 Apr 1809, Culpepper Co., VA , d. 14 Nov 1900, Santa Clara, , CA (Age 91 years) |
||Drucilla Whitmire, b. 24 Sep 1816, Newberry Dist., Sc , d. 22 Jan 1904 (Age 87 years) |
||28 Jan 1840
||Franklin Co., MO
||2 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||George Hearst, b. 3 Dec 1820, Anaconda, Franklin Co., MO , d. 28 Feb 1891 (Age 70 years) |
||15 Jun 1862
||Steelville, Crawford Co., MO
| ||1. William Randolph Hearst, b. 29 Apr 1863, San Francisco, California , d. 14 Aug 1951, Beverly Hills, California (Age 88 years)|
||18 Aug 2004 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- worked as a teacher in area schools.
Soon after their marriage the couple moved to San Francisco where Phoebe gave birth to their only child, William Randolph
In 1873 Phoebe took young William on a grand tour of Europe where the two spent more than a year visiting castles, museums and various cultural centers. This trip would prove to be a pivotal inspiration for William's later endeavor constructing Hearst Castle.
When George Hearst was elected to the United States senate in 1887, the couple relocated to Washington D.C. where Phoebe entertained many guests and statesman. Four years later, Phoebe became the sole heir to her husband's valuable estate upon his death in 1891.
After George's death, Phoebe again returned to California and renewed construction on a palatial residence in Pleasanton, California that had been started by her son a few years earlier. For the project, Mrs. Hearst commissioned Julia Morgan as architect. She would later become the architect behind Hearst Castle.
Throughout her life Phoebe was dedicated to education and, when her financial status allowed her to, she became a generous philanthropist of various educational endeavors. As early as 1891, she made a large gift to the University of California, Berkeley in order to endow several scholarships for women students. She also funded an international architectural competition for a master plan for the University of California, Berkeley, endowed a scholarship program for students at the University and presented the campus with the gift of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building and Hearst Hall.
Later she financed a school for the training of kindergarten teachers and in 1887 she founded the first free kindergarten in the United States. She eventually opened up six more of these free schools supported by her time and money. In 1897, she founded the National Congress of Mothers, a forerunner of the National Council of Parents and Teachers, better known today as the PTA.
In 1897 she became the first woman Regent of the University of California, serving actively on the board from 1897 to 1919.
- (Medical):epidemic of 1918-1919.