Moore, William H.

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William Henry Moore (1836-1871) died at age 35, but had already become well established in Santa Cruz. He was shown as owner of several properties on the 1866 Santa Cruz map. In one case, in "Block No. 4" (west side of Pacific Ave.), he is shown in the partnership "Moore & Pray, PO House" (Amasa Pray), which built the Pacific Ocean House hotel that same year. That hotel replaced the San Lorenzo Hotel, which had burned down in 1865. According to Sidewalk Companion, the San Lorenzo Hotel was built in 1852 by Henry Rice. The 1866 map shows Rice as co-owner of a large adjacent parcel to the west of the Moore & Pray property, so Rice probably sold the hotel site to them after the fire.

The William Moore family's short existence in Santa Cruz seems to have met a tragic end. Wife Lizzie died a year before William, and their daughter Ida died in 1863, at age eight.

According to Find-a-grave, William was the son of Eli Moore, also shown on the 1866 map. Eli built a residence past Cooper Street on the east side of Willow Street (Pacific Avenue after 1866). Another nearby lot was donated to Santa Cruz County, part of the donation (along with the Cooper brothers) that became the 1866 courthouse site.

Son Fred W. was a Soc. of Pioneers member.