Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at 04:28:21 :
Saturday, February 12, 1966
COURTNEY A. REBITT Dies at 82
Funeral for Courtney A. Rebitt, 82, of 20 Almenar Drive, Greenbrae, a pioneer in the development of four-color photo-engraving, will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo.
Rebitt died Thursday at a local hospital after a short illness.
A native of London, Rebitt sailed to Canada with his family before the turn of the century. They were among the first settlers of western Canada, traveling across the continent in a covered wagon and eventually settling in Saskatchewan, where they build a log cabin for themselves.
Rebitt, pursuing his fatherís trade of wood engraving, left home after several years and moved east to Montreal, then went to New York.
In 1913 he moved to San Francisco with his bride, Daisy, and began work with the American Engraving Co. on posters for the Panama Pacific International Exposition which was held in 1915. His four color posters for the exposition were some of the first color engravings ever done.
He remained with the company, which later became the Walker Engraving Co., adapting his engraving process for use with high speed rotary presses. He did not retire until he was 77.
He was an ardent gardener, stamp collector, and carpenter, and was a member of the Photo Engravers Union, San Francisco Local 8, for over 50 years.
He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Skarich of Greenbrae, Ethel Rebitt of San Francisco, and Mrs. June Lyons of San Anselmo; two sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Marshall and Mrs. Dora Henderson, both of Vancouver, B.C.; and a brother, Henry Rivers Rebitt of Victoria, B.C.
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A Death Notice on the same page adds that he was the grandfather of William Skarich and Thomas Lyons.
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