Thursday, October 5, 2017

Seavers in the News - Elizabeth Seaver Weds in Pittsfield, 1942

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Springfield [Mass.] Republican newspaper dated Friday, 18 September 1942:

The transcription of this article is:

Teacher in Private Schools Weds Harry C. Helfman of Brooklyn, N.Y., Artist and Art Instructor

Pittsfield, Sept. 17 -- Miss Elizabeth Wentworth Seaver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Seaver, was married to Harry C. Helfman of Brooklyn, N.Y., at her home, 136 Pomeroy avenue, at 11:30 a.m. today.  Rev. Ulrich E. Gay officiated.

The bride wore a street dress of red rayon crepe with hat to match and she had a gardenia corsage.  She and Mr. Helfman were unattended.  A wedding breakfast was served to the immediate families and a few close friends at White Tree Inn. Mr. and Mrs. Helfman are to be at home after October 1 at 70 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mrs. Helfman graduated from Mount Holyoke college in 1933 and the following year, received a master of arts degree from Radcliffe.  Since then, she has been teaching in private schools, being located at Brooklyn, the past year.  A graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Helfman is an artist and an instructor in art in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The source citation for this article is:

"Elizabeth Seaver Becomes a Bride," article, Springfield [Mass.] Republican, Friday, 18 September 1942, page 2, column 2; GenealogyBank  ( : accessed 5 October 2017), Newspaper Archives collection.

I had Elizabeth Wentworth Seaver in my RootsMagic database; she was born 1 August 1911 in Pittsfield, Mass. to Henry Morse Seaver (1873-1947) and Alice Van Vorx Wentworth (1878-1987).  However, I did not have information about Elizabeth's marriage and early life.  

I went looking for information about Harry and Elizabeth (Seaver) Helfman, and found their social Security Applications records and her Find A Grave memorial, but I didn't find obituaries or many records on, Findmypast, Elephind, HathiTrust or GenealogyBank.  Such is the state of late 20th century records.

Harry Helfman (1910-1995) wrote a number of books - there is a list on Amazon; they are about woodworking and origami.  Elizabeth S. Helfman also wrote a number of books - see her list on Amazon.  I found short biographies for both of them in The Writer's Directory on Google Books.

Elizabeth died on 15 March 2001 in Medford, New Jersey, and Harry Helfman died 9 June 1995, probably in Medford, New Jersey.

Elizabeth Wentworth (Seaver) Helfman was my 7th cousin three times removed.  I added her marriage information and spouse's information into my RootsMagic database.  I don't now if they had children.  


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