Thursday, September 17, 2020

Seavers in The News - Deputy Fire Chief Henry T. Seaver Dies in 1942 in Newton, Mass.

  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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 10 April 1942:

The transcription of the article is:

"Henry T. Seaver

"NEWTON, April 9 -- A delegation of 90 members of the Fire Department, chiefs from surrounding cities and towns, city officials and members of the local american Legion post attended funeral services held this afternoon at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Newton Lower Falls, for Deputy Fire Chief Henry T. Seaver.  Rev. Roger W. Bennett, pastor, officiated.

"Acting in the capacity of chief, Deputy Chief Seaver, 48, of 656 Grove st., Newton Lower Falls, died Tuesday night after he had collapsed while battling a brush fire.  He had been deputy chief since 1936.

"Fire Chief Clarence W. Randlett led the delegation.  Honorary pall bearers were Arnold Baker, commissioner of the auxiliary Fire Department; Charles B. Floyd, president of the Board of Aldermen; former Mayor Edwin O. Childs; State Representative Douglass B. Francis; William H. White and Roger B. Tyler.

"Active pall bearers were James R. Ford of Engine 2; Lieut. John R. Marchant, Engine 4; Lieut. John Martin, Engine 1; Lieut. George Saunders, Engine 3; Lieut. Joseph P. Murphy, Engine 5 and Lieut. James J. Clark, Engine 2.

"Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Henry T. Seaver," The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, obituary, Friday, 10 April 1942, page 30, column 6, Henry T. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 17 September 2020).

This obituary provides a name, an implied death date, a death place, an age, the names of all of the pallbeaers, and a burial location, but nothing about his family.

Henry Turner Seaver (1893-1942) was born 28 June 1893 in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of Joshua Herbert and Ida Eliza (Turner) Seaver.  He married 14 December 1922 to Anna Myra Loud (1893-1971)  in Newton.  They had no children.  

Henry Turner Seaver is my 6th cousin 4 times removed, with common ancestors of my 9th great-grandparents Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver.

There are over 9,500 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person is dedicated to their work.  I am glad that I can honor Henry Turner Seaver today.  

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


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