Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Frederick Seaver Family Home in Fitchburg - Post 293 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 Seaver ancestral home is at 116 Lawrence Street in Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  

I believe that my grandparents, Frederick W. and Alma Bessie (Richmond), and their growing family of three young daughters and a son, resided here from about 1908 to about 1912.  My father was born in this house on 15 October 1911.  

I took the picture above in 2007 while visiting Leominster to attend the memorial service and burial of my aunt, Geraldine (Seaver) Remley, the youngest child of Fred and Bessie. I did not try to contact the current resident of the house.

The Google Map showing the location of this house relative to the eastern part of Fitchburg is:

I heard no memories about this house from my father's sisters.  I believe that this is the house that my father's oldest brother, Stanley Richmond Seaver, died in of scarlet fever at age 5 in 1910.  My Aunt Marion told of reaching through a hole in the door while he was quarantined to touch his finger and talk to him.  The story always saddened me - here was this sick child and nothing could be done for him except lock him away so nobody could touch him without getting scarlet fever themselves.  

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