Thursday, June 4, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Charles J. Seaver of Covina, Calif. Dies in 1934

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 Pomona [Calif.] Progress Bulletin newspaper dated 28 December 1934:

The transcription of the article is:

"Final Rites Held for C.A. Seaver, Grower at Covina

"COVINA, Dec. 28 -- Funeral services were held yesterday from the Christensen and Moore chapel for Charles A. Seaver, orange grower and automobile salesman, 735 N. Grand avenue, who died Monday at the White Memorial hospital, Los Angeles, following an operation for goiter.  The Rev. Richard Gentry, formerly a pastor of the Covina Christian church, conducted the service and burial was in Rosehill Memorial Park, Whittier.  The deceased and his family have resided for ten years on their orange grove on Grand avenue at the corner of Cypress.  His business associates acted as pallbearers and Charlotte Naftel was the soloist.  Surviving are his widow, Irma Seaver, a step-daughter and one son, Charles Seaver."

The source citation is:

"Final Rites Held for C.A. Seaver, Grower at Covina," The Pomona [Calif.] Progress Bulletin newspaper, obituary, Friday, 28 December 1934, page 5, column 5, Charles A. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 4 June 2020).

This obituary provides a death date (implied as Monday, 24 December 1934), spouse's name, and the name of a son.  The name of the wife and son helped because the middle initial for "C.A." was wrong.

I had Charles John Seaver (1891-1934) in my RootsMagic database, with a second wife Irma, with Charles dying in Los Angeles County, California on 25 December 1934.  

Charles John Seaver was born 9 October 1891 in Sheldon, Missouri, the son of Charles Tinker and Sara Matilda (Lancaster) Seaver.  He married (1) Mollie Lee Fisher (1893-1918) on 20 September 1913 in Princeton, Missouri, and they had two children:

*  Charles John Seaver (1915-2008), married 1943 Dona Buthena Watson (1919-1996).
*  Marjorie Seaver (1917-1959), married 1941 Keith Griffen Nichols (1917-1986).

Charles John Seaver married (2) Irma Vineyard (1896-1993) after 1920, and they went to California in about 1924.  They had no children.

I am not related to Charles John Seaver or to his children to my knowledge.  Charles John Seaver was the 2nd great-grandson of Henry and Elizabeth (--?--)  Seaver who migrated from Germany to Virginia before 1770.

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and some lives are cut short at a relatively young age (43 in this case) by disease.  I am glad that I can honor Charles John Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors, or will provide more information about them.


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