Thursday, December 24, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday Post 293: Frederick and Ruth Seaver in Leominster (Mass.) High School Yearbooks

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1927 Leominster (Mass.) High School Yearbook entry for my father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983):

The transcription of my father's entry on the page for "Suggested Desires of the Sophomores" is:

"FREDERICK SEAVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  A Second Rudolph Valentino."

A source citation for this entry is:

The Leonine: 1927 (Leominster, Mass.: Pupils of Leominster High School, 1927), page 30, "Suppressed Desires of the Sophomores," Frederick Seaver entry; digital images,, ( : accessed 23 December 2015.

My father was 15 years old when this was published!  Who knew he wanted to be a Valentino?  What a noble desire.  I laughed out loud when I saw this.  Too bad there isn't a photograph, but he was just a lowly sophomore in 1927.  He left Leominster High for his final two years of high school because of discipline problems - he went to several "prep schools," probably on a sports scholarship (football and baseball), including Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, a prep school in New Jersey (something like Kingsbury?), and finally graduated from Worcester Academy (in 1930, I think).  

I wanted to see if any of his siblings were in the Yearbook collection on also, and I found only his sister Ruth in the 1925 Leominster yearbook.  Unfortunately, Ancestry has only the 1925 and 1927 yearbooks for Leominster High School.  

Aunt Ruth's entry in the 1925 Leominster High School Yearbook is:

Her entry, with a picture, says:

"Her air, her manner, all who saw admired"

We always associate Ruth with a chicken farm.
I wonder why?  Ruth has scored many musical
hits with her fine soprano voice.  We know that some
day Grand Opera will claim her, and her's wishing her
lots of success.

Ruth was a senior in 1925.  A "chicken farm?"  It must be an inside joke.  

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