Thursday, March 5, 2020

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1940 U.S. Draft Registration Card for Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr. (1911-1983)

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1940 U.S. Draft Registration card for my father, Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr. (1911-1983):

The back of the card:

The extracted information on this card is:

[on front of card]

*  Serial Number:  1128
1.  Name (Print):  Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr. 
*  Order Number:  2835
2.  Address (Print):  918 Main St. Leominster, Worcester, Mass. [crossed out]
                                4601 Terrace Drive, San Diego, California [above former address, crossed out]
                                1904 Granada Ave., San Diego, Calif. [on left margin, crossed out]
                                 2114 Fern St., San Diego, Calif. [in top margin]
3.  Telephone:  1204   Exchange:  Leominster
4.  Age in Years:  29  Date of birth:  Oct. 15, 1911
5.  Place of birth:  Fitchburg, Mass.
6.  Country of Citizenship:  U.S.A.
7..  Name of Person Who Will Always Know Your Address:  Mrs. Frederick Seaver
8.  Relationship of That Person:  Mother
9.  Address of That Person:  90 Main St., Leominster, Worcester, Mass.
10.  Employer's Name:  Personal Finance Co.
11.  Place of Employment:  371 Moody St., Waltham, Mass.

*  Signature:  Frederick W. Seaver Jr.

[on back of card]:

*  Race:  White
*  Height:  6-1-1/2
*  Weight:  178
*  Complexion:  Light
*  Eyes:  Blue
*  Hair:  Brown

*  Signature of Registrar:  K.A. Coumhan
*  Registrar for:     Ward 1, Leominster, Mass.
*  Date of Registration:  Oct. 16 1940
*  Local Board 83, District Court Building, Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

The source citation for this record is:

"U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947," digital image, ( : accessed 3 March 2020), Massachusetts > Rue-Sinclair > Seaman, Henry-Seddon, William (image 1309 of 2099), card for Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr., serial number 1128, Leominster, Mass. Board No. 83; citing Draft Registration Cards for Massachusetts, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947: Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 876; Original records at The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri.

This record is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the name, residence, employer and signature on the date of registration.  The birth date and birth place are Secondary Information and Direct Evidence.  

I did not know the residence address or the name of my father's employer in October 1940.  He left Leominster for San Diego in early December, and would up for several months at the home of his aunt and uncle, George and Emily (Richmond) Taylor (Emily was his mother's sister).  In about early 1942, he lived at 1904 Granada Street just five blocks away from my mother's home.  After they married in July 1942, they lived at 577 Twin Oaks in Chula Vista.  When he went into the U.S. Navy in August 1944, my mother and I lived with her parents at 2130 Fern Street.  When he returned from the service in late 1945, we moved into the next door apartment at 2114 Fern Street, which is the last address at the top of the registration card.  


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