Thursday, October 25, 2018

Seavers in the News - Earl Seaver of Akron, Ohio Dies in 1980

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly 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 Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper dated 25 May 1980:

The transcription of the article is:

"Earl Seaver, 81, Aerospace retiree

"Earl Seaver had intended to keep his semi-annual luncheon date Thursday with the men who helped build two ill-fated dirigibles - the Akron and the Macon.

"But illness kept him away.

"Mr. Seaver, 81, of 1145 Copley Rd., telephoned his regrets to Mrs. B.L. Frank Wednesday.

" Mr. Seaver died Friday at Akron General Medical Center.

"'He called to say he had told my husband he was coming.' Mrs. Frank said., ' but that he was having trouble breathing and would have to go to the hospital.'

"Mrs. Fran;'s husband is in charge of organizing the twice-a-year affair.

"'I feel we've lost a good friend in Mr. Seaver,' Mrs. Frank said Saturday. 'I didn't know him well, but we've spoken on the phone a great deal.'

"Her husband did know Mrs. Seaver well.  The two worked for Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp. prior to World War I.  The company later became Goodyear Aerospace. Frank, Mr. Seaver and their colleagues who built the airships have kept in touch over the years.

"The group is called the Goodyear-Zeppelin Old Timers.  And it's getting smaller.

"'We lose two or three a year,' Frank said.  'But we still have quite a few turn out.  This last Thursday, we had 61.'

"'Earl was  one of my callers.  He was a real nice fellow.  He didn't antagonize people and everybody liked him.  He helped call people to our luncheons.'

"Mr. Seaver retired from Goodyear Aerospace in 1964.  He was a life member of Goodyear Foreman's Club and Goodyear 25-Year Club.

"He was a veteran of World War I, a 50-year member of american Legion Post No. 19 and a member of First United Church of Christ."

The source citation for the first article is:

"Earl Seaver, 81, Aerospace Retiree," The Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper, dated 25 May 1980, page 37, column 1, Earl Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( :  accessed 25 October 2018).

The article did not provide any family information, but it did permit a birth year estimation, and provided some biographical information.  Who were his parents, was he married, and did he have children?

I did not have Earl Seaver in my RootsMagic family tree database.  Since he was born in about 1899, I searched and easily found him in the 1900, 1910 and 1930 census records with parents Orrin D. and Jennie Seaver.  I had several Orrin Seaver names in my database, and he turned out to be Orrin Dalson Seaver (1875-1955) of Akron, Ohio.  I was able to add Orrin's two marriages, his four children, and several grandchildren to my RootsMagic database as a result of this obituary.  I also found that Earl married in 1920 to Augusta Kramer in Akron, and they had several children.

I am not related to Earl Seaver.  His great-grandparents were Christian and Lydia (Kissinger) Seaver from Pennsylvania, whose parents probably came from Germany.  


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