Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Frederick Seaver Home in Leominster - Post 291 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph of an ancestral home taken on one of our vacation/genealogy trips to Massachusetts:

This is a 2007 photograph of the house that my father, and his younger siblings,  remembered growing up in.  It is at 290 Central Street in Leominster, Massachusetts, and is still standing on the east side of Central Street. 

Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942) and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) had seven children, and six of them lived in this house with their parents from about 1911 until about 1927.

From my notes about my grandparents based on memories of several of their children:

In about 1911, Fred was offered a position as superintendent at the Patton Manufacturing Company in Leominster, which made hairpins from celluloid material.  The family moved to a large house on the factory site at 290 Central Street. The house was on the main road from Leominster to Sterling and Worcester, with streetcar tracks in the middle of the road.  There were several smaller buildings around the house - a barn which was used as a garage, chicken coops and rabbit hutches.  A brook ran beside the house to the factory.  The house was heated by warm air from the factory. 

As you can see, there are two stories to this house, and six windows on the upper floor.  The entry hall, living room, dining room, parlor, and kitchen were downstairs, and there were probably four or five bedrooms and a bathroom or two upstairs.  

A Google Map with the location of the house is below:

If you compare this location to the Hildreth/Seaver house at 149 Lancaster Street (just east of Graham Street, see (Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 290: The Hildreth/Seaver House in Leominster, Mass.), you can see that the Seaver children's grandparents' home was less than one mile away.

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Tony Proctor said...

I'm interested in how you pronounce Leominster in the US Randy. There's a similarly named town in Herefordshire, England (, but it has the unexpected pronunciation of "Lemster".

Heather Wilkinson Rojo said...

Tony, it is pronounced Lemon-ster (like the fruit). I grew up two towns away.