Saturday, March 14, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Fearless Females!

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  Lisa Alzo developed a series of Fearless Female writing prompts 10 years ago to celebrate National Women's History Month.  This year's listing of prompts is in Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Fearless Females Blogging Prompts.

2)  Today is March 14, so the writing prompt is:  "
Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?"  
If you cannot write about that prompt, choose another one from the list.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I'm going to choose the March 5th prompt - "How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?"

From the story I heard from my mother, and from my father's first cousin, Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain and her daughter, Marcia, the story of how my father met my mother goes like this:

*  My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, drove to San Diego in December 1940 from New England in three days, and was staying with his cousin's family (Marshall and Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain, and their daughter, Marcia).  They lived at 4601 Terrace Drive in the Kensington neighborhood of San Diego.

*  My mother, Betty Virginia Carringer, was an Art and English teacher at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, about a half mile away from the Chamberlain's home.  

*  Marcia Chamberlain was a student at Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and was in the Art community there (but did not have Betty as her teacher, but knew her).  

*  After a period of time, around the dinner table one night, Fred said "I need a girl friend..." and Marcia piped up "I know a pretty Art teacher."  

*  Somehow the contact was made, Betty was invited to a dinner at the Chamberlain's to meet Fred, and Seaver family history in San Diego was made!  

*  Fred and Betty were married on 12 July 1942 at All Saints Episcopal Church in San Diego, and resided in Chula Vista until Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944.  They both worked at Rohr Corporation prior to son Randy's birth in October 1943.

In Dorothy's last years in the 1980s, Linda and I took her out for lunch occasionally, and invariably she would tell this story to us as if it was new to our ears.


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Susi's Quarter said...

A great story about your parents. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I had a very productive day finding newspaper articles about my great-aunt, Beryl Johnston at The Portal to Texas History.

Janice M. Sellers said...

I don't have a newsworthy ancestor (or at least not one I know about), so I chose a different prompt.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's how my parents met and a reminder to ask questions of older relatives while you can!