Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Seavers in the News -- Someone's a Bootlegger!

It's time for another exciting episode of Seavers in the News:

This newspaper article was published in the Oakland [Calif.] Tribune newspaper dated 27 October 1925, on page 1:

The transcription of the article is:

SAN Francisco, Oct. 27 -- One man was arrested, two automobiles were seized and more than 200 gallons of liquor confiscated in an early raid by prohibition agents today on the Stanford Garage, 359 Potrero avenue.

Surrounding the garage shortly after 5 o'clock, a squad of agents closed in on the establishment, where they found Chris Seaver, alleged proprietor, attempting to destroy the liquor, which was stored in the car.  He was arrested.  A touring car and a truck were found to be loaded to capacity, evidently prepared for delivery.  The liquor is said to be worth $4000.

The source citation for this article is:

"RAIDERS SEIZE BOOZE IN GARAGE," The Oakland [Calif.] Tribune, 27 October 1925, page 33, column 7, Chris Seaver article; indexed database and digital images,  Ancestry.com   (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 February 2017).

I wondered who this Chris Seaver was, and if I had him in my database.

Nope, he wasn't in my database.  But there was a Christopher Lemar Seavers who resided in San Francisco in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses.  There are several San Francisco City Directory entries for a Chris L. Seavers also in that time frame, and World War I and II draft registrations that have the same birth date as the death record.  This Christopher L. Seavers was probably born 24 January 1891 in Nebraska, and died 13 May 1969 in Santa Clara County, California.  His parents were George Arista Seavers (1859-1918) and Ella Melissa Stahl (1863-1945) of sonoma County, California.  Christopher Lemar Seavers may have been married twice, first to an Ethel, second to a Mabel.

It appears from the census records that George A. Seavers is the son of Christopher Seavers (1815-1905) and Deborah P. --?-- (1815-1891), both of whom died in Sullivan County, Missouri.  Christopher Seavers was born in Germany, and served on the Union side during the Civil War.

So I have another small Seaver "bush" to input into my RootsMagic database.  

That was genealogy fun for me - I wonder if was charged and convicted of this offense in the article, and if there are living descendants of Chris who know about his little scrape with the law?


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