Thursday, March 18, 2021

Seavers in the News -- Mrs. Walter E. Seaver Dies in Boston in 1950

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 1 August 1950:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Walter E. Seaver
"Funeral services for Mrs. Althea Harvey Seaver, wife of Walter Enwright Seaver, were held yesterday afternoon at Trinity Church. The church was filled with leading hotel executives from New England and New York, members of the New England Hotel Women's Relief Associations, and other friends. Rev. Samuel Tyler, Jr., of Trinity, officiated.

"Among those who attended were, George H. Clark, Hotel & Restaurant News; E.B. Stanbro, Hotel Statler; Emil Coulon, Hotel Vendome; Floyd Bell, Statler; Charles Coyle, Robert Kelly, Lenox; P.F. Bryne, Anthony  Acazzinitti, Roscoe Pryor; Larry Taylor, Parker House; Charles Lenigan, Mangar; Harold Speels, Frank J. Hanley, Bradford; Massey Chicquetta, Coply Plaza.

"  Heading the women's group were Mrs. Frances D. Caldwell, president of the Hotel Women's Relief Assciation; Mrs. E.P. Douglass; Mrs. Frank J. Hanley; Mrs. J.E. Wogan, Hotel Puritan.

"Heading the Maine group were Mrs. George Stoble, Augusta, and Ethel Waadleigh.  Mrs. Seaver was many years president of the Women's hotel Relief Association."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, death notice, Tuesday, 1 August 1950, page 12, column 4, Mrs. Walter E. Seaver obituary notice;   ( : accessed 18 March 2021).

This obituary provides a married name, an implied death date, a spouse's name, an occupation, and a long list of attendees at her funeral service, but nothing about her birth, birthplace, or children.

Althea Hilda Harvey was born 17 April 1886 in Stewiacke, New Brunswick, the daughter of Robert Albert and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Harvey.  She married Walter Enwright Seaver (1890-1985) on 15 August 1921 in New York City.  They had three children:

*  Patricia Anne Seaver (1924-1998), married 1944 John Walter Johnson (1922-????).
*  Robert Enwright Seaver (1925-????).
*  Donald Brown Seaver (1927-????).

I am probably not related to Walter Enwright or Althea Hilda (Harvey) Seaver or their children.  Walter is descended from Frederick Randolph. Seaber (1813-1888) who came from Prussia to New England before 1838.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a number of well known friends and colleagues that come to her funeral.  I am glad that I can honor Althea Hilda (Harvey) 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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