The Mtn. ReView Summer 2017 - Page 5

The Weilheimer House (Continued from Page 4) up in nice style.” The new home mentioned in the article is the same house that stands today at 938 Villa Street, built c. 1900. The house is recognized as an “excellent example of a Queen Anne [Victorian] style cottage” in an architectural evaluation completed for the city by Carey & Co. Inc. Architecture in 2003. The house is one of the few buildings left in Downtown Mountain View that predates the 1906 earthquake and one of the few historic residences associated with the city’s original merchant community still standing. Over the years, many of the homes of the Weilheimers’ fellow merchants have been demolished to make way for downtown’s parking lots and other developments. The most recent house lost to redevelopment is the Pearson House, formerly located next door at 902 Villa Street, built c. 1888 and demolished in 2013. During his time living at 938 Villa Street, Julius helped lead the newly incorporated City of Mountain View. He was elected to the City Council in 1904 (then called the “Board of Trustees”). He served as the city’s third mayor (then called “president”) from 1906 to 1909. In 1905, his childhood friend Jacob Mockbee opened the Farmers & Merchants Bank at 201 Castro Street (now home to Red Rock Coffee). Julius served as the bank’s first vice-president. In 1927, the bank became a branch of the Bank of Italy, now known as the Bank of America. Sometime after 1909, Julius, Fannie, and their two daughters moved to San Francisco so that Julius could take over operation of his brother-in-law’s businesses. Julius passed away from “an acute attack of indigestion” on December 31, 1922. When reporting his death the Mountain View Register wrote that “No man ever lived in this town who had more real sincere friends than Julius Weilheimer, He was honorable, clean and upright and had the heart of a child.” An article from the October 1997 edition of the Western States Jewish History Journal nicely summarizes the role of the Weilheimers in the region: “They were an integral part of their community and heavily involved in the business, political and social aspects of the community. They were among the few Jewish families in Mountain View and they affiliated themselves with the large, vibrant Jewish community in San Francisco. Their descendants still live in the area and are still active in the Jewish community. The Weilheimer name will not be found on any street signs or city parks, yet they were the first of many Jews who would later build a large, dynamic community on the Peninsula.” In 1896, the Weilheimer general store was doubled in size, as shown above. It still stands today 124 Castro Street. Today, the Weilheimer House stands as one of the most visible reminders of the Weilheimer family and the important role they played in the earliest decades of Mountain View’s history. The pairing of a historic merchant family’s home so close to the historic commercial building where they ran their business (124–126 Castro Street) is unique in Mountain View. But the Weilheimers were not the only prominent Mountain View family to call 938 Villa Street home. Soon after the Weilheimers left Mountain View, the house was purchased by Arthur Free, who lived there with his family until 1914. During his time in Mountain View, Free built the foundation for a long political career. He served as Mountain View’s first city attorney from 1904 to 1910 and as district attorney for Santa Clara County from 1907 Arthur M. Free to 1919. He was also appointed the town’s postmaster by the federal government. Free was elected as a Republican to the 67th Congress of the United States and to the five succeeding Congresses (1921-1933), representing California’s District 8, which at that time covered Monte ^K[[][Z\“ؚ\[X][[H\\K[H\K[Hܝ^[[\H[Y\˂Y]H [\HH\H\YYB[X\وۙ\[\[ˈ܈HYY\[و[YB]\\]Y\HY[XZ٘\Y \X][K'HZ[Z[Y\\K'H[HX\H NN H\H\œ\\YH[ܙH]Y][X\XXYK›[YZ\[KY[[[ Z[\Y\]\[ ^[YHH\ܚX\Hۈݙ[X\  NN ݙ\H\HYX\^\X\YH\]][ۈ\ۙHوH^B\Xx&\\\]\[˂H^\\[HZ[Z[Y\\x&\\ܞH\YY]ܙX][\Z[KH\[[]ܝBHZ[ٙܛ\8%[\\\]^[BYY\x%\[[\[HX\\ۈH]B[\XH[H]H\\ܞHٙXHZ[[ˈ[Y\H\YH[و[][H\K[[ݚ[]H]˜۝^[۝ۈ[[Z[Y][ܙX]HYXH]œYۚYX[H[[YH\H\ܚX[X\˂܈[و]\ܞK[[Z[Y]\HYHܚ[B\ۈ[و[\\[Y\[[\ ]ܚ[š[[ZYܘ[HXܛHؙK\\ܚX[X\˜\Hܘ[X[[ۜYY]XZ[[܈ܘ[[Y\X[YYX\ˈ^H\HH[\H[][HY\[[Y\X[Z[[]]H\]YXY\›وY][Y[[\H\Y[Z[\و\]x&\š[XHˈHZ[Z[Y\\H]L[HY][›][[ۙ\]x&\X[ۈو\ܚXZ[[\܈]\Z[\ܚX\]X\H]܈H[\ܝ[BH[H][[YH]^YY[H۸&\X\H\ܞKH]Hو\\HY\]\]H[[[B[][]H]\\[ˈH]Y\[ۈYܙH\\[\N\“[[Z[Y]&\\ܞHܝ\\[H