Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Stanley Richmond Seaver and his Sisters in About 1908 -- Post 644 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:

This photograph is of two of my Seaver aunts and one uncle, and was taken in about 1908 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the children of my grandparents, Frederick Walton. and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver.  The children are, from the left:

*  Marion Frances Seaver (1901-2000)

*  Stanley Richmond Seaver (1905-1910)

*  Evelyn Seaver (1903-1978)

This is the only photograph I have of Stanley and his sisters at a young age.  There were four other siblings, Ruth Weston Seaver (1907-2000), Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983, my father), Edward Richmond Seaver (1913-2004) and Geraldine Seaver (1917-2007).

Marion and Evelyn lived long lives, but Stanley died at age 4 of scarlet fever on 10 April 1910.  Aunt Marion told the story that, when Stanley was sick and quarantined in a room in their house, she would talk to Stanley and they would touch fingers through a slot or keyhole in the door.  

Apparently, the whole house was quarantined until the sickness passed and then the house and residents had to be inspected after being cleaned and disinfected.  Food and water and firewood would have to be brought to the house, taken in, and consumed.  The quarantine could have been for weeks.  

This photo (originally black and white) has been enhanced and colorized using the MyHeritage photo tools.  Here is the original black and white photograph:


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1 comment:

Chad said...

They look so happy, not. They must have been called away from their play to have the photo be taken, and not have been happy about it.