Thursday, July 5, 2018

Seavers in the News - Earle R. Seaver Dies in 1944 in Pittsburgh

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, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the The Pittsburgh [PA.] Press newspaper dated Monday, 23 October 1944:

The transcription of this article is:

"Earle R. Seaver

"Funeral services for Earle R. Seaver, 35, of Creighton Ave., Crafton, who died Thursday, were held yesterday afternoon in his home, with burial in the Uniondale Cemetery.

"Mr. Seaver was state representative of the Agricultural and Empire State Insurance Co. of Watertown, N.Y.

"He was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh; Crafton F. & A.M., No. 653; a thirty-second degree Mason, a member of the Rotary of Crafton.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by his widow, Mrs. Louise Turner Seaver; a daughter, Mrs. Paul L. Roberts; a son, Marine Pvt. Richard T. Seaver; four sisters, the Misses Elizabeth M., Clara B. and Anna G. Seaver and Mrs. C.E. Best, and a brother, Wayne A. Seaver."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Earle R. Seaver,The Pittsburgh [Pa.] Press newspaper, Monday, 23 October 1944, page 9, column 3, Earle R. Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( : accessed 5 July 2018).

According to my RootsMagic family tree database, Earle Richard Seaver  was born 12 October 1892 in Watertown, New York, the son of Richard F. and Clara J. (McOmber) Seaver.  He married Louise Turner (1893-????) in about 1921 in Pennsylvania, and they  had two children, Jean L. Seaver (1922-????) and Richard Turner Seaver (1925-1991).

The age at death is obviously wrong - the Pennsylvania Death Certificate for him says he was 52 at death.

I had all of them in my RootsMagic family tree database, but I'm missing death dates for his wife and daughter.  This obituary added a spouse for the daughter.  Apparently, three of the four sisters named had not yet married.  

Earle Richard Seaver is my 6th cousin three times removed.  


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anitab said...

For a minute, I thought we might have had an 'almost' connection! But when I looked back at the 1946 item which I have, I realized that my gr-grandfather's brother, C E Ludwig, was the minister at Hawthorne Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Crafton, Pennsylvania.

The item I have is a very interesting artifact - written by a relative in Germany, translated into English, and passed on to my Grandmother. It describes a devastation which had happened to the family after WW II was concluded. It is described at Third Reich in Ruines,

Following the end of World War II in 1945 as part of Allied agreements, the Czech government expelled some three million ethnic Germans from the Sudentenland; they were forced to leave homes & property and become refugees with nothing but what they could carry. I wouldn't have learned about this and researched it, had I not read the letter - which I was puzzled by, not realizing that the end of the war did not end their troubles...

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