Monterey County California Genealogy and History

Monterey County: Biographies


The "art preservative" is nowhere better demonstrated in Monterey county than in the William T. Lee printery, in Monterey, owned and conducted by William Tweed Lee, of 460 Alvarado street. He is a native of Michigan, born at Sandusky, April 10, 1887, the son of George N. and Hannetta (Lannin) Lee, the former of New York and representative of an old American family, while the latter came of English-Scotch ancestry. Both have gone to join the great majority, but they have left an enviable record of which their descendants may well be proud.

William Tweed Lee finished the public school course and then was afforded the opportunity to continue his studies in an excellent business college, after which he was apprenticed to the printer's trade. He first worked at Port Huron, Michigan and then he went to the city of Detroit. Wishing to see something of the country, however, he followed his trade in various places, in time arriving at Denver, and in 1906 he was in San Francisco. Two years later he had come to Monterey and with Mr. Weybret he established the Weybret-Lee Company with two plants, one at Monterey and one at Salinas. Afterwards they decided to dissolve partnership and Mr. Lee took over the Monterey printing establishment, he making his venture a success from the first. He has really prospered so well that he has become financially interested in the two leading local hotels and is also interested in a first-class hotel in San Francisco.

Mr. Lee married Miss Henrietta Deserpa, of Salinas, a native daughter and an accomplished lady, the ceremony taking place at Salinas, June 1, 1910, and they are blessed with two children: Annetta and Warner. When tired of life, the bustling and wearying world, Mr. Lee likes to hide himself off to the cool pools and streams where fishing is good. Fraternally he is an Elk. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, and he is a leading local factor in republican political movements.

Source: History of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, California : cradle of California's history and romance : dating from the planting of the cross of Christendom upon the shores of Monterey Bay by Fr. Junipero Serra, and those intrepid adventurers who accompanied him, down to the present day. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1925, 890 pgs.