He was born on 6th
January 1891 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania the son of William W. Darsie and Jean P.
(nee Pettigrew). He had two sisters Elizabeth and Jean. His father was born in
Scotland in 1843 and emigrated to the USA in 1870 where he settled in Pensyvania
and started manufacturing steel until he retired in 1905 and moved to Palo Alto,
California where he was a member of the real estate firm Darsie, Hutchison &
Pettigrew. They lived at 567 Melville, Palo Alto.
Above 567 Melville, Palo Alto
William was educated at Palo Alto
High School and Stanford Universit.
Above the 1910 Palo Alto High
School rugby team with Darsie captain. 1. Junge, 2. Holme, 3. Lockwood, 4.
Tiedman, 5. Looney, 6. Voorhees, 7. Matheson, 8. Howe, 9. H.Henley (Manager),
10. Boulware, 11. Gamble, 12. Olson-Seffer, 13. Mills, 14. Wilson, 15.
Hutchinson, 16. W.Darsie (Captain), 17. Ramsey, 18. Soper, 19. Thoburn, 20.
DeGroff, 21. E.Risling, 22. Templeton, 23. B.Risling.
Above the Stanford Freshman Footballers that played California Cardinals
on 15th October 1910 at Palo Alto (L-R): Presley (Coach), Mitchell,
Olmstead, Watkins, Kauffman, Clover, Barman, Brown, “Dad” Moulton (Trainer),
Gard, Knight (sub), Murray (sub), Gilmore (sub), Blas (sub), Boulware, Henry
(sub), Tilton, Hall, Geissler (captain), Harrogan, Reeves, Darsie.
Above the 1911 Stanford Freshmen
rugby team. 1. Watkins, 2. Boulware, 3. Burbank, 4. Brown, 5. Darsie, 6.
Presley, 7. Kauffman, 8. Clover, 9. Reeves, 10. Barman, 11. Geissler, 12. Hall,
13. Gard, 14. Tilton, 15. Harrigan.
California Beta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity
Stanford University 1912, with Darsie. Standing (L-R): Soper, Sanford, Stever,
Kelly, St. Johns, Kennedy, Jones, Ingram. Seated: Smith Longueville, Pellas,
Dunham, Wright, Whittemore, Tiedmann, Evans, Matthias. On Ground: Little, Niebel,
Woods, Darsie, Wichman, Weaver, Wilson, Willfong, Ellett, Close.
Above the 1914 Leland Stanford Junior University. 1. Watkins,
2. Blase, 3. Maloney, 4. Gard, 5. Clover, 6. Wilcox, 7. Urban, 8. Wines, 9.
Austin, 10. Carroll, 11. Brown, 12. Lachmund, 13. Davidson, 14. Darsie, 15.
Peck, 16. Andrews, 17. Erb, 18. Hall, 19. Reeves, 20. Tilton.
Above the USA side that played New
Zealand in 1913. Back Row (L-R): Daniel Brendon Carroll (Stanford University),
Clark Lewis Boulware (not used) (Stanford University), Haley (not used)
(Stanford University), William Pettigrew Darsie (Stanford University), Herbert
Rowell Stolz (replacement) (Stanford University), Brant (?) or Flemming (not
used) (?), Joseph C. Urban (Stanford University), A.Knowles (replacement) (?),
Charles A. Austin (Olympic), G.Voight (Santa Clara University), Frank Jacob Gard
(Captain) (Stanford University), Roland Roy Blase (Stanford University), William
Norris King (University of California). Front Row: Forbes (not used) (?),
Stirling Benjamin Peart (University of California), Joseph Louis McKim
(University of California), G.Glasscock (Olympic), E.B.Hall (Stanford
University), Benjamin Edward Erb (not used) (Stanford University), Louis Cass
(Stanford University), Mowatt Merrill Mitchell (Los Angeles Athletic Club),
Quill (not used) (Santa Clara), J.A.Ramage (Santa Clara University).
His mother, originally from Virginia, disappeared on the steamship Maui
on the night of 28th April 1929 while at sea. She had previously suffered a
nervous breakdown and the newspapers supposition was suicide. She had been
travelling with her ?, Mr and Mrs G. D. Pettigrew of San Francisco who were on
their way home from Hawaii
He married Mildred S. Powers and
had 2 children ? and William Robert Darise.
He was a farmer of vegetables at
Walnut Grove, California. He was chairman of the statewide Agricultural Advisory
Committee which looked into labour shortages in California during World War 2
which recommended on the importation of Mexican labour.
He became a collector of rare
He died on 30th January
1954 in Santa Clara