Thursday, August 23, 2018

Seavers in the News -- Ex-Owego N.Y. Police Chief Russell B. Seaver Dies in 1960

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 Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, N.Y.) newspaper dated 31 October 1960:

The transcription of this article is:

"Ex-Owego Police Chief Seaver Dies

"Owego -- Russell B. Seaver, 63, of Spaulding Hill, Town of Tioga, a former Owego police chief, died at his home early yesterday morning.

"Mr. Seaver had been in ill health for about eight months.

"He had lived in the Owego area for 17 years.  Previously, he lived in Endicott where he served in the Endicott police department for 22 years.

"He was Owego's poluice chief from 1949 to 1954, and since that time was a Tioga County Court official.  Mr. Seaver was a Town of Tioga peace justice at the time of his death.

"He was a member of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Masonic Lodge of Owego, the Square Club, which is the police branch of the Masons, and Allen Memorial Baptist Church of Candor.

"Mr. Seaver is survived by his wife, Esther (O'Dell) Seaver, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Floyd Swartz and Mrs. George Zorn, both of Owego and Mrs. George Spicer of Candor.

"Also, two sons, Charles G. Seaver of Endicott and Russell L. Seaver of Owego; one sister, Mrs. Alice Laycock of Bloomsburg, Pa.; three brothers, Fred Seaver of Owego, Lewis G. Seaver and Walter Seaver, both of Endicott; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

"Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow in Richards Funeral Home, Waverly Road, Owego.  The Rev. Urban Cline, pastor of Candor Baptist Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Tioga Cemetery."

The source citation for this article is:

"Ex-Owego Police Chief Seaver Dies,Press and Sun-Bulletin [Binghamton, N.Y.] newspaper, dated 31 October 1960, page 4, column 2, Russell B. Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( :  accessed 23 August 2018).

Russell Bradley Seaver was born 16 October 1897 in Elkland, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Bradley and Edna Phoebe (Brown) Seaver of Tioga County, New York.  He married Verdetta Esther O'Dell (1896-1981) on 22 April 1916 in Tioga County, New York.  They had six children:

*  Charles Glen Seaver (1918-1995), married Norma Jeane --?-- (1920-????).
*  Esther L. Seaver (1918-2014), married Floyd Leroy Swartz (1920-1994).
*  Arline Seaver (1923-????), married George Zorn (1920-????)
*  Charlotte Seaver (1926-????).
*  Russell Lewis Seaver (1927-2004), married Catherine May Smith (1922-2013).
*  Beverly Seaver (1931-????).

I don't know a lot about two of the spouses of the females, nor the death dates of two daughters.  I know of only one grandchild.  So I have work to do on this Seaver family.

Russell Bradley Seaver was my 6th cousin, 2 times removed, and their children are my 7th cousins, once removed.


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